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Top Choice Moroccan in Ouarzazate

Douyria

One of the best eateries in town, Douyria wows dinners with its rooftop terrace, candlelit tables and cushion-lined nooks perfect for taking in the atmospheric surrounds with a cocktail. You can feast on richly flav…
Top Choice Historic Site in Telouet

Glaoui Kasbah

The once-glorious stronghold has been left to crumble, and the best indication of Telouet’s former position as the centre of a trans-Saharan trading empire are the 2nd-floor reception rooms. No less than 300 artisan…
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Taourirt Kasbah

Unlike other Glaoui kasbahs, Taourirt escaped ruin by moonlighting as a Hollywood backdrop (Sheltering Sky, Gladiator, Prince of Persia) and attracting the attention of Unesco, which has carefully restored small sec…
Village in Aït Benhaddou

Ksar Aït Benhaddou

With the help of some Hollywood touch-ups, this Unesco-protected red mudbrick ksar 32km from Ouarzazate seems frozen in time, still resembling its days in the 11th century as an Almoravid caravanserai. Movie buffs m…
French in Ouarzazate

La Kasbah des Sables

Conceived by owner Brigitte Babolat, this Moorish fantasy palace – a medley of cosy lounges and nooks arranged around a series of patios – took three years to create. The centerpiece is an enormous shallow pool back…
Moroccan in Ouarzazate

Habous

Overlooking the lively square at the epicentre of Ouarzazate, Habous is the most popular place in town. It has a patisserie, cafe and restaurant, with plenty of outdoor seating for taking in life on the square. The …
French in Ouarzazate

Accord Majeur

After a week of desert dining, you may find yourself sleepwalking to this French bistro opposite the Berbère Palace. Here, in cosy nooks lit by a mellow, yellow glow from dozens of brass wall lamps, Aurélie and Char…
Fusion in Ouarzazate

Le Relais Saint Exupéry

The Relais serves creative dishes featuring local ingredients such as Talouine saffron and Saharan salt. Try flaky pastilla of fish, or dromedary meat in a Mali-inspired sauce of garlic, cumin, ginger and paprika. I…
Fusion in Ouarzazate

Chez Dimitri

This historic spot has been around since 1928, when Chez Dimitri played a pivotal role as petrol station, transport hub, restaurant and even dance hall in the fledgling city of Ouarzazate. You can contemplate the pa…
Moroccan in Ouarzazate

Jardin des Arômes

Step off busy Ave Mohammed V and climb the steps up to this peaceful jardin (garden), with white leather chairs, thick curtains and a tent-like interior overlooking the greenery. Start off with the Lebanese mezzes (…