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Top Choice Gate in Meknès

Bab el-Mansour

The focus of Pl el-Hedim is the huge gate of Bab el-Mansour, the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways. The gate is well preserved with lavish (if faded) zellij and inscriptions across the top. It was completed…
Top Choice Museum in Meknès

Dar Jamaï Museum

Overlooking Pl el-Hedim is Dar Jamaï, a palace built in 1882 by the powerful Jamaï family, two of whom were viziers to Sultan Moulay al-Hassan I. When the sultan died in 1894, the family fell foul of court politics …
Top Choice Ruins in Meknès

Heri es-Souani

Nearly 2km southeast of the mausoleum, Moulay Ismail’s immense granaries and stables, Heri es-Souani, were ingeniously designed. Tiny windows, massive walls and a system of underfloor water channels kept the tempera…
Cafe in Meknès

Café Opera

Airy and old-fashioned, this grand cafe is a classic, and among the most popular for Moroccan men to sip their mint tea. Sitting outside and people-watching is a great breakfast pastime.
Cafe in Meknès

Café Tulipe

Just off the main road, the Tulipe has a large shady terrace and modern interior; it’s one of the most pleasant cafes in which to kill an hour or two.
Moroccan in Meknès

Dar Sultana

Also going under the name Sweet Sultana, this is a small but charming restaurant in a converted medina house. The tent canopy over the courtyard gives an intimate, even romantic, atmosphere, set off by walls painted…
Fusion in Meknès

Le Pub

If you don't mind stepping back into the '80s with disco music and coloured lights in the cavelike interior, Le Pub is a welcome change. The menu is split in two – half offering continental dishes, the other a Moroc…
Moroccan in Meknès

Restaurant Gambrinus

A good place for Moroccan food in colourful surroundings in the ville nouvelle, which is something of a surprise when you discover that the original Gambrinus was a Czech immigrant in 1914. It’s perennially popular …
Moroccan in Meknès

Restaurant Mille et Une Nuits

Easily located off Pl el-Hedim, this is another converted house, whose owners have leant towards the more showy ‘palace’ restaurant style of surroundings. You’ll find all the Moroccan standards and classics on a rea…
Moroccan in Meknès

Restaurant Oumnia

This is less a formal restaurant and more like a few rooms of a family home converted into dining salons, and the emphasis here is on warm service and hearty Moroccan fare. There’s just a three-course set menu, but …