Middle Atlas drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Medina

Chez Abdellah

Tiled floor to ceiling, this is less a tea shop than a decorative box, a kind of tiny theatre in which the voluble Abdellah, a born showman, mixes teas to order from piles of fresh herbs – not just mint, but also wo…
Top Choice Bar in Medina

L'Alcazar

One of the most elegant places for a cocktail (Dh120) in all of Fez, the gorgeous courtyard bar at Riad Fès drips with atmosphere: the stucco columns catch the light reflected off an ornamental pool, and an oud play…
Cafe in Meknes

La Tulipe

A modern Moroccan cafe, with a large terrace and very decent coffee. Set on a quiet cul-de-sac, it’s a pleasant spot to kill an hour or two, and the patisseries (sweet and savoury) are delicious. Pick from the sweet…
Cafe in Ville Nouvelle

Assouan

The cafes on the northeast section of Avenue Hassan II are generally for men. After you pass the first roundabout, there's a cluster of more mixed grand cafes, including this one. The tiny Moroccan-style pastries, h…
Bar in Fez El Jdid

Mezzanine

Popular with the hip young Fassi crowd, this multi-storey lounge is a nice counterpoint to medina life, just a short walk from Bab Bou Jeloud. The covered roof terrace overlooking Jnan Sbil is a good place to chill …
Cafe in Medina

El Khmissa

A cold beer is hard to come by in the medina, but this four-storey place delivers, along with the requisite mint tea and fresh juices. At ground level it looks dead, but that's because everyone's on the breezy rooft…
Cafe in Meknes

Cafe Restaurant Place Lahdim

Come dusk, this succession of roof terraces is where young locals come for a sundowner coffee. The best tables are at the top, where you can watch the sun brush the Imperial City walls and Bab El Mansour with gold. …
Cafe in Meknes

Zazen Centre

At the end of a skinny lane, this little courtyard house is a social hub for creative young Meknassis, hosting acoustic music and art workshops. It's open all day, so check for events on the Instagram account, or ju…
Teahouse in Medina

Cafe Maure

Head upstairs to this impeccably old cafe, where water for your mint tea is boiled in a copper urn that's set over a wood fire and pumped with bellows (locally made, of course). Sugar is chipped off a large cone wit…
Cafe in Medina

Crémerie La Place

Place As Seffarine is one of the most interesting spots in the medina, and this cafe is a prime spot to watch the square's coppersmiths, over juice, tea, coffee and pastries. In summer, afternoon is preferable; ther…