Arsat El Bilk: "Local cafe, close to Djemaa El Fna" Cafés Tip by SWFC_Fan

Cafés, Marrakesh: 34 reviews and 78 photos

  Arsat El Bilk cafe, Marrakech
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  • Arsat El Bilk cafe, Marrakech - Marrakesh
      Arsat El Bilk cafe, Marrakech
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  • Mint tea at Arsat El Bilk - Marrakesh
      Mint tea at Arsat El Bilk
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Arsat El Bilk is a small cafe located within spitting distance of the famous Djemaa El Fna square.

It is located on Rue Moulay Ismail, across from Place de la Foucauld, and just a two minute walk from the bustling square.

What struck me about Arsat El Bilk was that, unlike the cafes and restaurants on the adjacent Rue Bab Agnaou, it was filled mainly with locals rather than tourists. Dozens of locals, predominantly men, were sat at shaded tables drinking their tea or coffee, reading their newspapers, playing cards, smoking cigarettes and watching the world pass them by.

It is a good spot for watching the masses of people walk by en route to/from the Djemaa El Fna and to watch as the mopeds, horses and carts, donkeys, taxis and cyclists weave in and out of them!

I asked the waiter for a menu, but they had none. I asked him if they served food, but he said not. I ordered a mint tea, which I had been craving all morning.

The waiter brought me a small teapot filled with mint leaves and three sugar cubes, enough for two glasses of mint tea. He also brought me a glass of mineral water to accompany it. Total cost: 10 Dhs (approx. 0.65 GBP).

A laid-back local cafe, just off Djemaa El Fna.

Address: Rue Moulay Ismail
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Located on Rue Moulay Ismail, about 200m from Djemaa El Fna. Opposite Place de la Foucauld.
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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