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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, briouates and pastillas. The set menu of salad, brochettes and water for Dh90 is …
Area in Rabat

Medina

When the French arrived in the early 20th century, this walled medina by the sea was the full extent of the city. Built on an orderly grid in the 17th century, it is small enough to be easily explored in half a day,…
Historic Site in Rabat

Chellah

The Phoenicians were the first to settle on this sloping site above the Bou Regreg river, and the Romans took control in about 40 CE, renaming the settlement Sala Colonia. Scattered stones from their city remain, bu…
Fortress in Rabat

Kasbah les Oudaias

Rabat's historic citadel occupies the site of the original ribat (fortress-monastery) that gave the city its name. Predominately residential, its narrow streets are lined with whitewashed houses – most of which were…
Museum in Rabat

Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art

Looking more like a shopping mall than an art gallery, this institution was conceived and funded by the present king and opened in 2014. Billed as the first national museum of modern and contemporary art in the coun…
Museum in Rabat

Archaeology Museum

Closed for a major renovation at the time of research, this archaeological museum has traditionally been home to a particularly wonderful collection of ceramics, statuary and other artefacts from the Roman settlemen…
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, tajines and tanjias (stews slow-cooked in a pottery vessel) prepa…
Museum in Rabat

Moroccan Museum of Money

Numismatists will be in seventh heaven when visiting this well-curated and -presented museum. It offers an unexpectedly interesting tour of Moroccan history through currency, from the Roman period to today. There's …
French in Rabat

Ty Potes

Head to the leafy street behind the St Pierre Cathedral and Institut Française to find this popular expat haunt. The menu features sweet and savoury crêpes and galettes, salads and tartines (open-faced sandwiches), …
Music in Rabat

Festival Mawazine

This long-established festival draws the biggest names from the international pop music scene, as well as some major Arabic music stars. Christina Aguilera's headline act in 2016 drew 250,000 people to the OLM Souis…