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Top Choice Area in Essaouira

Essaouira Medina

Essaouira’s walled medina dates from the late 18th century and was added to Unesco’s World Heritage list in 2001. It is an outstanding and well-preserved example of European military architecture in North Africa. Fo…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Essaouira

La Table by Madada

Style meets substance at Essaouira's best restaurant, which is housed in an old almond warehouse. The interior is an exhilarating and highly successful meld of traditional Moroccan and modern European, and the menu …
Top Choice Mediterranean in Essaouira

Loft

The menu at this tiny eatery near Pl Moulay Hassan changes daily according to what's plentiful and good at the souqs, resulting in food that is fresh and full of flavour. Dishes have Mediterranean accents, but remai…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Essaouira

Espace Othello

Fantastic private gallery selling work by established and up-and-coming artists.
Music in Essaouira

Gnaoua and World Music Festival

Essaouira overflows every year for the celebrated Gnaoua and World Music Festival, a four-day extravaganza with concerts staged at venues including the beach and Pl Moulay Hassan.
Port in Essaouira

Port

Essaouira's large working port is noisy, pungent and hugely atmospheric. Along with the flurry of boats arriving and departing, nets being repaired and the day’s catch being landed, you can see traditional wooden bo…
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…
Italian in Essaouira

Pasta Baladin

Communal bar-style seating gets you friendly with your fellow diners at this cheery licensed restaurant. The menu is limited to pasta and choices are simple (10 sauces and five pasta types), but it's well cooked and…
Moroccan in Essaouira

Restaurant El-Minzah

Seating is on an outdoor terrace or inside a vaulted dining room at this long-standing restaurant facing the ramparts. The menu delivers Moroccan and French favourites, and there are good-value three-course (Dh110) …
Arts & Crafts in Essaouira

Coopérative Tamounte

An excellent all-female cooperative selling argan-oil lotions and cosmetics (some medicinal), woodwork and ceramics. It's in a dingy passageway and can be a bit hard to find – look for the 'Commerce Équitable à la C…