With a self catering set-up you are free to eat in or out whenever you choose! Here are some suggestions for both.
Eating in the riad
Supermarket: If you fly into Marrakech there is a hypermarket called Marjane just outside the city, en route to Essaouira. Taxi drivers are happy to stop there while you stock up on food and wine, and if you’re driving yourself you will see it on the right hand side about 15 minutes from the airport by an Afriquia petrol station.
Breakfast: As Dar Lazuli is self-catering, breakfast is not included. However, the bakery (or four) is just two minutes away. To get there, head round the corner from the Italian Ice-cream shop on Place Moulay Hassan, through the smaller square with cafes and then follow your nose up a little alleyway to buy hot pain au chocolat, croissants, mille-feuille and more.
Markets: There are lots of food markets and fish markets just off the Rue de Iqbal and towards Bab Doukkala, which are particularly busy and interesting at dusk.
Recipes: Our apartments come with recipe books, so you can choose a recipe and buy the ingredients to cook your own supper. You can buy small amounts of everything (salt, flour & spices) so you can get the exact quantities you need.
Latifa’s cooking: For 170 dirham pp, Latifa can prepare delicious traditional Moroccan meals in your apartment, such as couscous and tagine. Just let her know a day in advance or tell us at the time of your booking if you want something prepared for your arrival.
“Foodies – you will be in cuisine heaven! Do not miss the fish grills, a unique eating experience and the best fish I have ever eaten!” – sallyjw14 on TripAdvisor.
Restaurants and cafés in Essaouira
Essaouira has a wealth of delicious eateries to discover and below are just a few suggestions with directions. People in Essaouira are very friendly, so if you do get lost, just ask and they’ll give you directions or even take you to the door.
Ice cream: Get delicious Italian ice cream and extremely naughty hot-chocolate from Gelateria Dolce Freddo, the cafe on the corner of Place Moulay Hassan.
Grilled fish: Head to the fish grilles at the bottom of the main square and find one that you like the look of. Then select your raw fish or seafood which they will weigh and then ask the price. HAGGLE! You should pay around £5 each for a hearty plateful which includes bread, salad and soft drinks.
Cheap eats: Le Joli Coin, just off the main square is good for quick bites. Try the delicious chicken shwarma, paninia and pizzas.
Traditional Moroccan: La Petite Perle serves excellent tagines, Harira soups and more. It’s just around the corner from the riad: go back towards the clock tower and veer left across the little square and it’s on your right. (Not licensed)
A bit smarter: Moroccan and utterly charming, Villa Maroc does a great supper. Book in the morning when you have had a look at the menu pinned up outside. (Licensed)
Quirky interior: The manager (Abdellatif) of Elizir is an acclaimed collector of funky retro items as well as contemporary paintings which decorate the interior of this great Moroccan/Mediterranean restaurant, located on Rue D’Agadir (look up on your right for a white banner with Arabic writing). (Licensed)
Fish and seafood: Chalet de la Plage in the port is good for fish and seafood and has a sunny terrace overlooking the beach.
French cuisine: After Five is near the riad down a wide alley (Rue Youseef el Fassi) on the right and towards Bab Sbah. It’s quite pricey, but a delicious French escape from tagine. (Licensed)
Fresh Italian pasta: At Silvestros, you can eat on the roof terrace or inside, where you can watch Silvestro and his delightful team cooking away above steaming vats. The restaurant is en route to the Scala at 70, Rue La’louj. (Licensed with lovely rose!)
French-Moroccan: Sirocco is worth a visit for a well matched French-Moroccan menu, a friendly welcome and a wine-list. It is found on the same road as the bakery, through an alley at the corner of the cafe square on Rue Ibn Roch.
Rooftop: Taros is a rooftop bar with great views, serving food on the terrace and downstairs. It’s also excellent for lunch. Just head for the ice cream shop in the main square and look up! (Licensed)
Out of town: Kilometre 8 is a lovely restaurant 8 km away from the town on the main road from Essaouira. A local cab will take you there & pick you up. (Licensed)
Some practical tips
- Many of the traditional Moroccan restaurants are very reasonably priced but don’t serve alcohol.
- Alcohol is however available in Essaouira – just visit our FAQ section to find out more.
- The majority of eateries stay open over Ramadan.
- You shouldn’t drink tap water in Morocco, but bottled water is cheap and widely available.
If the above has whetted your appetite for a trip to Essaouira, contact us and book today!