Mediterranean in Essaouira

La Table Madada

A long-established dinner favourite, deep-purple seating, warm stone arches and giant lampshades dominate this trendy restaurant that serves well-cooked and original Mediterranean and Moroccan dishes. The cooking sc…
Moroccan in Essaouira

Restaurant El-Minzah

Sit on the outside terrace or in the elegant dining room inside at this popular place facing the ramparts. The menu features a good selection of international dishes with specialities such as blue shark and fresh fi…
Moroccan in Essaouira

Restaurante Les Alizés

This popular place, run by a charming Moroccan couple in a 19th-century house, has delicious Moroccan dishes, particularly the couscous with fish and the tajine of boulettes de sardines (sardine balls). You’ll get a…
Cafe in Essaouira

Café d’Horloge

Set on the attractive square beneath the clocktower, this popular cafe is an excellent choice for a breakfast of amlou (a spread made of local argan oil, almond and honey) and crêpes or bread.
Moroccan in Essaouira

Restaurant Ferdaous

A delightful Moroccan restaurant, and one of the few places in town that serves real, home-cooked, traditional Moroccan food. The seasonal menu offers an innovative take on traditional recipes, the service is very f…
Desserts in Essaouira

Pâtisserie Driss

For morning croissants or an afternoon pastry the best places to go are Pâtisserie Driss (which has a hidden seating area) and Café Faid, both near Pl Moulay Hassan.
Seafood in Essaouira

Fish Souq

For a medina alternative to the fish grills near the port, visit the fish souq to buy some of the day’s catch and take it to one of the grill stands in the southern corner. It’ll come back cooked and served with bre…
Seafood in Essaouira

Outdoor Fish Grill Stands

These unpretentious stands offer one of the definitive Essaouira experiences. Just choose what you want to eat from the colourful displays of freshly caught fish and shellfish at each grill, and wait for it to be co…
Moroccan in Essaouira

La Licorne

This is a cosy place with a most un-Essaouiran feel – wooden beams and heavy chairs give it the ambience of a hunting lodge. A no-nonsense, standard Moroccan menu of tajines is served up by friendly staff.
Moroccan in Sidi Kaouki


A rustic setting for the chilled surfer crowd, Al-Vent serves up good breakfasts, simple lunches and seafood (and vegetarian) dinners with a minimum of fuss for maximum relaxation. Has long-term rooms for rent in th…