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Cafe Glacier L'Elysee: "Quiet cafe in Ville Nouvelle" Cafés Tip by SWFC_Fan

Cafés, Marrakesh: 34 reviews and 78 photos

  Cafe Glacier L'Elysee, Marrakech
by SWFC_Fan
  • Cafe Glacier L'Elysee, Marrakech - Marrakesh
      Cafe Glacier L'Elysee, Marrakech
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  • A shaded table at Cafe Glacier L'Elysee - Marrakesh
      A shaded table at Cafe Glacier L'Elysee
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  • Bread, jam and orange juice - Marrakesh
      Bread, jam and orange juice
    by SWFC_Fan

I visited Cafe Glacier L'Elysee one afternoon during my visit to Marrakech in February 2007.

This quiet cafe, with tables under a canopy and a host of umbrellas, is located on Boulevard Mohammed Zerktouni, in the Ville Nouvelle region of the city.

There are many French style cafes in Marrakech, with outdoor tables on the pavements. Many of these are located on Ave Mohamed V and the area around the intersection of Ave Mohamed V and Rue de Yougoslavie. These cafes, with tables in the sunshine and waiter service, fill up early in the afternoon, so I often ventured onto the quieter side streets to find a place to sit and enjoy an afternoon drink. It was on one of these quieter side streets that I stumbled across the small and friendly Cafe Glacier L'Elysee.

I took a seat at an outdoor table, shaded from the hot afternoon sunshine, and studied the menu (which was in French and Arabic only). The vast majority of the menu is devoted to drinks, with only a few food items available.

The drinks menu includes a large selection of fresh fruit juices (orange, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, apple...), canned soft drinks and a wide variety of coffees and teas. No alcohol is served.

The few food items include: chocolate filled croissants, bread with butter and jam and something that includes cheese ("fromage"), but which my French skills weren't capable of translating!

Service was friendly and laid back.

During the course of my visit, a few people wandered into the cafe trying to sell things (ornaments, leather belts, sunglasses...), but this was a frequent occurence during my stay in Marrakech and not unique to this cafe.

Favorite Dish: I opted for:

Freshly squeezed orange juice - Cost: 10 Dhs

A glass of very fresh and very refreshing orange juice!

Pain + beurre + confiture - Cost: 7 Dhs

A couple of crusty bread rolls with butter (straight from the fridge and too hard to spread) and orange jam.

Good value cafe fare and friendly service on a quiet side street.

Address: Boulevard Mohammed Zerktouni, Ville Nouvelle
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Located in the modern Ville Nouvelle region of the city, a short walk from Ave Mohamed V. A 10 minute walk north west of Place du 16 Novembre.
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 3
Theme: Coffeehouse

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 3, 2007
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