Top ChoiceMuseum in Rabat

Musée Mohammed VI Art Moderne et Contemporain

Conceived and funded by the present king, this museum opened in 2014 as the country's first national museum of modern and contemporary art. Alongside a permanent display of Moroccan artists dating from the 1950s...

Top ChoiceMusic in Rabat

Festival Mawazine

Showcasing eclectic musical genres, this long-standing festival mixes up the biggest names from the international pop music scene with established and emerging local artists. The nine-day festival is spread over...

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

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...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Rabat

Chellah

Chellah

First came the Phoenicians, then the Romans took control of this beautiful hilltop site above the fertile Bou Regreg river plain around 40 CE. From 1154, it lay abandoned until the 14th century, when a Merinid...

Top ChoiceFortress in Rabat

Kasbah des Oudaias

Kasbah des 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...

Top ChoiceMausoleum in Rabat

Mausoleum of Mohammed V

The present king’s father (the late Hassan II) and grandfather were laid to rest in this marble mausoleum, which is decorated with exquisite examples of Moroccan craftwork, including colourful zellige (geometric...

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...

Art in Rabat

Jidar Street Art Festival

Rabat is turning into an open-air art gallery, with local and international street artists leaving their monumental artworks behind, all thanks to the annual Jidar Street Art Festival, which brings 12 artists to...

Area in Rabat

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...

Historic Site in Rabat

Tour Hassan

Rabat's must-see sight – along with the neighbouring mausoleum – this iconic tower looms 44m above the Bou Regreg estuary. It was originally part of an ambitious Almohad project to build the world's...

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...

Museum in Rabat

Museum of History & Civilisation

Reopened after a major renovation, this small but perfectly formed museum is split in to two sections – the first showcases the history of Morocco through the centuries, the second focuses on its wonderful...

Cafe in Rabat

Café Cinéma Renaissance

This cafe-bar above the namesake cinema has kept its art deco parquet flooring and sparkling chandeliers, and a terrace overlooking the action on Ave Mohammed V. Popular with digital nomads by day, at night it...

Cafe in Rabat

Café Maure

Sit back, relax and gaze out over the estuary to Salé at this open-air cafe spread across several tiled terraces above the Andalusian Gardens. Mint tea is the tipple of choice at this kasbah institution, and...

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...

Concept Store in Rabat

Bee on 6th

Rabat’s first concept store stocks a stylish range of homeware, clothes, jewellery and accessories by modern Moroccan designers, as well as international brands, including scented candles from Tanzania and...

Arts Centre in Rabat

Villa des Arts de Rabat

This beautifully restored, blindingly white art deco villa dates from 1929 and now holds well-curated contemporary art exhibitions with a focus on Moroccan artists, culture and heritage, alongside cultural...

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

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...