Local Lunch Haunts just off Djemaa el-Fna: "Lunch with the locals" Top 5 Page for this destination Local Cuisine Tip by sue_stone

Local Cuisine, Marrakesh: 78 reviews and 111 photos

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On our last full day in Marrakech we were wandering around Djemaa el-Fna looking for somewhere to have lunch. There are plenty of restaurants surrounding the square, but none of them took our fancy. They all seemed to be filled with tourists, and all of the prime people-watching seats had been taken.

Alison suggested that we explore some of the small, permanent food stalls located along one side of the square. We discovered a narrow covered alley of small shops serving up meat and tajines to mainly hungry locals.

The food at each shop looked great (and fairly similar), so we chose which shop we wanted to eat in mainly based on the fact that the owners were not harassing us, but instead gave us friendly encouragement ? handing us a hunk of lamb to taste (pulled of the bone with filthy fingers) which was tasty and sealed the deal.

We scurried up the narrow stairs to the tiny mezzanine level of the restaurant. The ceilings were very low and the walls were lined with a mix-match of beautiful coloured tiles.

Favorite Dish: To eat we had a serving of the aforementioned lamb and also a tajine with potatoes and some un-identified meat which we assumed was lamb (and were too scared to assume otherwise!) ? anyway, whatever it was it was delicious.

After we had eaten Alison asked if she could take a photo of the owners and the food at the front of the restaurant. They were pleased to pose, but insisted that I get in the photo too, and look as though I was working with them stirring a big pot of food. Funny.

Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Hidden right off Djemaa el-Fna, near Cafe Argana
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 5
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 15, 2007
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