Cafe Koutoubia: "Bustling cafe opposite Koutoubia mosque" Cafés Tip by SWFC_Fan
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Cafe Koutoubia is a bustling cafe located on the corner of Rue Fatima Zohra and Ave Mohamed V, less than 5 minutes walk from the famous Djemaa El Fna square.
It takes its name from the famous monument that dominates the view from its outdoor tables - the Koutoubia minaret (the 70m high tower of the Koutoubia mosque located right across the road from the cafe).
During my visit to the city in February 2007, its outdoor tables were often busy in the afternoons, especially as sunset approached. I visited for a drink one afternoon after a busy day of sightseeing and sat at one of the outdoor cane furniture tables, surrounded by plants and with a great view of the pink minaret against a clear blue sky. Not only does the cafe offer great views of the minaret, but it also offers you the chance to hear the call to prayer loud and clear....although I also had that opportunity in my hotel room at 5:30 each morning! ;-)
The cafe offers no menu and it doesn't serve food. It really is just a place to get a drink and relax. I ordered a bottle of Coca Cola (8 Dhs) and whiled away half an hour in a comfortable chair.
While the cafe was bustling in the afternoons and early evenings, whenever I passed by later in the evenings (11pm) it was well and truly closed - lights out, furniture moved inside, doors locked...
There is an adjoining Internet cafe that I used on a number occasions during my stay. It can be accessed by going down the steps to the side of the cafe. Internet access costs approx. 6 Dhs (0.40 GBP) per hour.
A bustling cafe for an afternoon drink, with great views of the Koutoubia minaret!
Address: Rue Fatima Zohra
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Located on the corner of Rue Fatima Zohra and Ave Mohamed V, opposite the Koutoubia minaret. Less than 5 minutes walk from Djemaa El Fna.
Price: less than US$10
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