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“Nice n Quick break” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Des Epices

Cafe Des Epices
Ranked #61 of 790 Restaurants in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $6
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: In the heart of the Medina and Souks of Marrakech lies the Rahba Kedima spice square, where old women gather to pound henna for traditional tattoos and sell hand knitted hats, while seasoned vendors run the surrounding spice stores. Within this setting is the now famed Cafe des Epices, the perfect meeting place and rest stop from the heat and commotion of the souks. The inexpensive menu is focused on the simple and fresh, offering teas and coffee, freshly made juices, sandwiches, salads and crepes. The design is correspondingly simple: deliberately paired down and basic in order to offer a peaceful resting place after the visual overload of the Souks. Built over 3 floors, the top terrace offers great views over the square and surrounding Medina, the non-smoking 2nd floor salon is a great place to lounge and the ground floor and outdoor tables are fantastic places from which to watch the colourful comings and goings of the spice square market. Open daily from 9am to 10pm
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Nice n Quick break”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

This is a nice little cafe to stop over in while on a trip to the souk.

The food is good, tasty.
The service is efficient.
The value for money is great.
The only trouble is getting a seat inside sometimes as there can be quite a bit of waiting.

No-fuss, quick meal

The only downside is if seated outside, it can get pretty hot and uncomfortable.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“great pit stop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

Perfect little place to grab a sandwich (I had chicken- delicious & cheap) or a cup of tea and people watch. The staff was extremely attentive & friendly, they even remembered us from visiting 2 days in a row. Great find

  • Visited May 2013
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“Excellent Little Cafe”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

This place is an excellent mid-way stop in the Medina. It's pretty cheap, so we visited a couple of times, sometimes for a Coke, sometimes a mint tea (which you have to pour yourself - we made a mess!). It supposedly offers free wifi, but we never managed to hook up to it.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Not sure what all the fuss is about?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

Having read many positive reviews (here and elsewhere) we recently tried Cafe des Epices for a late lunch and whilst it is OK I really struggle to understand what all the fuss is about. We had sandwiches, they were OK, nothing better, as was the service, however the coffee was pretty good! For me, best thing about Cafe des Epices is being able to sit and watch life go on in the market below.
If only the food was as interesting as the view!

Visited May 2013
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“boring choice of food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

The view is nice, so if you're after a quick drink, go for it. Except that that it won't be quick as the staff is slow.
The choice of snacks/lunch sandwiches is boring and half of it was unavailable when we visited, anyway.
If you go to Rekhba Kedima, there's a very nice cafe just opposite, with the view, called cafe Rekhba Kedima.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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