Top ChoiceFrench in Rabat

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,...

Top ChoiceFrench in Rabat


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...

Top ChoiceCafe in Rabat

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...

Moroccan in Rabat

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...

French in Rabat

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...

French in Rabat

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...

French in Rabat


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...

Moroccan in Rabat

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...

Moroccan in Rabat

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...

Moroccan in Rabat

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...

Cafe in Rabat

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...

Italian in Rabat

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,...

Market in Rabat

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...

Cafe in Rabat

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.

Fast Food in Rabat


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