Best restaurants in Rif Mountains

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chefchaouen

    Sofia

    The only female-owned restaurant in Chefchaouen, Sofia (named after the owner's daughter) is a revelation in a city where restaurants have largely neglected what's on the menu. Chef Nuura's cinnamon-hinted bastilla rolls are to die for and the vegetarian couscous has to be the best in town. Seating is outdoors on a few tables across from the small kitchen. From Plaza El Majzen, walk up the first set of steps and Sofia is on the far left-hand side. For spiffier decor, try Nuura's new restaurant, El Jaleo, along Oued Ras El Maa.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chefchaouen

    Café Clock

    British-owned Café Clock knows what travellers want. Delicious camel burgers for the adventurous, refreshing salads and juices for the health-conscious and proper Italian-style cappuccinos. A spectacular rooftop view over the medina makes for a perfect place to read, and the middle floor is a cosy setting to catch nightly jam sessions and live traditional Arabic music. Cafe Clock also runs courses in bread making (per person Dh400), cooking (Dh600) and calligraphy (Dh350).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chefchaouen

    El Jaleo

    El Jaleo, meaning 'the mess', takes the best cooking in Chefchaouen – from Nuura of Sofia – to a wonderfully atmospheric restaurant above Oued Ras El Maa. The menu is unique, including steamed lamb, aubergine lasagna, pinchos (large tapas) and tajines. The lush garden is perfect for beholding sunset over the blue city after a long day exploring.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Chefchaouen

    Auberge Dardara Restaurant

    This is the best restaurant in the area and worth the 10-minute drive from town (Dh6). The Tanjaoui owner uses only the freshest ingredients from the garden, bakes his own bread and makes his own olive oil and goat's cheese. Try the superb salads, the venison cooked with dried figs or the succulent rabbit with quince.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tetouan

    Blanco Riad

    The menu at this elegant riad is a cut above the usual. A big change from the standard tajine menu, it features some innovative Moroccan dishes and is heavy on local seasonal produce. The garden is pleasant in summer, and the dining room has both Moroccan and western seating. Reservations essential; no alcohol.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Al Hoceima

    Club Nautique

    This is the main restaurant at the port, and a good one. After 6pm you can buy your fish fresh off the boat and have them grill it for you (alternatively, order straight from the menu). The 2nd floor overlooks the whole port and is a great place to relax and have a beer in the fresh air.

  • Restaurants in Chefchaouen

    Chez Hicham

    This lovely respite from the busy plaza has warm, comfortable candlelit seating, plus views over the kasbah from several terraces. The service can err on neglectful, but Chez Hicham has tasty and affordable Moroccan food. Try the bissara (fava-bean soup), cheese salad with date dressing (probably the best salad in town) and a gooey brownie for dessert.

  • Restaurants in Al Hoceima

    Espace Miramar

    It’s hard to go wrong at this 5000 sq m complex with a pizzeria, two cafes, a grill restaurant as well as a children’s playground, all perched on the cliffs overlooking the sea, and with occasional live music as well. Moroccan takes on paella are on offer here. It's a series of open-air terraces, so be careful not to get lost.

  • Restaurants in Chefchaouen

    Baissara Ansar

    Little more than two tables, several chairs and Ahmed's friendly smile, this tiny soup joint with no sign serves just two things: bissara (bean soup with olive oil and a dash of cumin) and mint tea (Dh4). Fresh local bread is served on the side. Your stomach – and your wallet – will thank you.

  • Restaurants in Al Hoceima

    Café La Belle Vue

    This modern cafe-restaurant gets its name from the terrace at the back overlooking the bay – it really does offer a splendid view. Great for breakfast, coffee, and to take advantage of the wi-fi. There are several similar cafes on this stretch of Mohammed V with great views.

  • Restaurants in Al Hoceima

    Basilic

    The huge glass-fronted restaurant at the entrance of the Basilic Hotel has a suitably huge menu, which includes 20 different kinds of breakfast, seafood, stir-fries, pizza, pastries, juice cocktails and even cordon bleu. The food tends to be pretty tasty.

  • Restaurants in Tetouan

    El Reducto

    Tuck into traditional Moroccan (and some Spanish) fare in the grand surroundings of this old house, which once belonged to a Moroccan vizier and is decorated with antique glazed Seville tiles. Desserts are particularly tasty and alcohol is served.

  • Restaurants in Chefchaouen

    Mandala

    Offering a welcome break from Chefchaouen's endless tajine parade, Mandala serves up some good pizzas and pastas, plus a serviceable steak. The seating is cosy and service is good. If you're feeling lazy, you can get delivery to your guesthouse.

  • Restaurants in Chefchaouen

    Assaada

    This reliable cheapie tries hard to please. Located on both sides of the alley just before Bab El Ain, it offers better than average Moroccan cuisine (the kefta tajine with spiced meatballs is tasty) and good juices. The rooftop is a peaceful place to enjoy the sunset and soak in the call to prayer, while the street terrace is great for people watching.

  • Restaurants in Chefchaouen

    Cafe Tounsi

    Set into the outside wall of the medina, this cafe has a great location overlooking the falls of Ras El Maa, with three terraces tumbling down the hill. Views are particularly nice in the late afternoon, when the sun catches the mountains. From the medina, take the last right before Bab El Ansar and then hang a left.

  • Restaurants in Chefchaouen

    Restaurant Tissemlal

    Better known as Casa Hassan as it's part of the guesthouse of the same name, this restaurant serves the usual traditional dishes in a set menu (drinks and service extra). The food is just OK, certainly nothing to write home about. The restaurant itself is welcoming, particularly in winter when there's a roaring fire.

  • Restaurants in Chefchaouen

    Zakaria Chocolat Patisserie Belge

    Zakaria moved to Chefchaouen with his young daughter for the 'easy life', stirring up hot chocolate and baking delicious pastries from his native Belgium. The shop is little more than a cubby hole, but it’s great for a sweet break after exploring the medina. Belgian waffles are available from Sunday to Tuesday.

  • Restaurants in Chefchaouen

    Chez Aziz

    At any given moment in the day, Chez Aziz is packed with locals devouring a pastry, chowing down on a pizza or panini or gulping back a za3za3 (avocado-and-fruit smoothie concoction with fresh fruit and nuts). Head here to pack a decent lunch before trekking in the mountains.

  • Restaurants in Tetouan

    Chawarma Chand Acham

    This little snack bar has a Syrian influence and does good falafel and shawarma, as well as inexpensive pizzas, burgers and sandwiches. There’s a small seating area upstairs (handy if you’re waiting for a pizza), or you can eat on the move. Don't forget to ask for garlic sauce.

  • Restaurants in Tetouan

    La Esquina del Pescado

    Just west of Place Moulay El Mehdi is this ocean-blue restaurant that serves a wide selection of grilled and fried fish. Portion sizes are excellent for the price and the poisson friture (fried fish platter) is a particularly good deal at Dh75. No alcohol.