Best restaurants in Rabat

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    Restaurant Villa Mandarine

    If you’re not staying at this hotel, it’s worth jumping in a petit taxi to Rabat’s embassy district for lunch or dinner in its gorgeous perfumed garden. The menu mixes Moroccan ingredients and French fine dining, perhaps blue-lobster bisque with dill, or slow-roasted goat followed by the trio de crèmes brûlées.

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    Cosmopolitan

    This gourmet place near Bab Ruach occupies a handsome art deco villa and is one of the only restaurants in town serving modern French cuisine. The menu changes daily and relies on market-fresh finds, with seafood taking pride of place. Dine in the front courtyard in warm weather and upstairs during the cooler months. Excellent wine list.

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    Le Petit Beur

    Known for its friendly waiters and fresh Moroccan food, this small restaurant offers an array of daily specials, tajines, brochettes (kebabs), briouates (stuffed pastries) and bastillas (savoury-sweet pies). The set menu (Dh90) of salad, brochettes and water is excellent value. Lunchtimes are quiet, but it's wise to book for dinner, when an oud (lute) player serenades diners.

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    Ty Potes

    Head to the leafy street behind the St Pierre Cathedral to find this popular expat haunt. The menu features sweet and savoury crêpes and galettes (savoury pancakes), salads and tartines (open sandwiches), which are ideally enjoyed in the rear garden. The Sunday brunch (Dh120) is particularly popular. Both alcohol and charcuterie are served.

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    Le Bistro du Pietri

    We usually shy away from dining at restaurants in business hotels, but this one in the Le Piétri Urban Hotel is an exception. The predominantly French food is well prepared and tasty. There's a good wine list, a kids menu and live jazz most weekends and Tuesday nights.

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    Cozy Cafe

    This contemporary cafe mixes French pastries, Moroccan sweet treats and American pancakes, all made on the premises. For a light lunch, there's a menu of salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes, as well as a range of detox juices. There are 18 flavours of gourmet ice cream, too. Eat in or on the leafy terrace.

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    L’Entrecôte

    The menu at this old-school restaurant is classic French with occasional forays over the border into Spanish territory, and the result is popular with locals and tourists alike. Steak and seafood dishes dominate (there's little for vegetarians), and there's a good value two-course deal (Dh120).

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    Restaurant El Koutoubia

    It opened back in 1955, and this Moroccan restaurant, with attached bar (strictly for men), has managed to retain its clients and traditional decor over the decades. All the classic Moroccan dishes are available – tajines, brochettes (kebabs), couscous and bastillas (savoury-sweet pies) – and the helpful English-speaking owner is happy to translate the menu.

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    Tajine Wa Tanjia

    Down-to-earth Moroccan dishes are the speciality at this friendly restaurant near the Rabat Ville train station. The menu is dominated by brochettes (kebabs), tajine and tanjia (slow-cooked stew) prepared according to traditional recipes, with couscous served on Fridays only. The ambience is romantic at night, helped along by live oud (lute) music.

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    Restaurant de la Libération

    Cheap, cheerful and marginally more classy than the string of other places along this perpetually busy road, this basic restaurant does a steady line in traditional favourites. Friday is couscous day and a bowl of harira (a hearty soup made of tomatoes, onions, saffron and coriander, often with lentils, chickpeas and lamb) will set you back Dh6.

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    La Rive

    Modern and airy, this popular cafe-restaurant sits on a sunken plaza away from the traffic and bustle. The good-value menu is international, serving up everything from tajines to steak frites and pizza, and there's a set menu for less than Dh100. One quibble: it can get a bit smoky.

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    La Mamma

    This old-school restaurant – dimly candlelit with red-and-white checked tablecloths – serves some of the best Italian food in the city. Some of the pasta portions can be on the small side, but the wood-fired, thin-crust pizzas will leave you planning a return visit.

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    Fruit & Vegetable Market

    The medina's indoor market has a good choice of fresh produce, dried fruits and nuts. You should be able to find everything else you need (including booze) at the surrounding stalls or along Rue Souika and near Bab El Bouiba.

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    La Comédie

    Efficient staff serve excellent coffees and good pastries and gateaux at this popular cafe. Claim a table under the large trees and watch the passing parade on Ave Mohammed V.

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    Inza

    This popular fast-food joint serves up wallet-friendly waffles, panini, pizza and sandwiches to go.