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Bab El Mansour

Bab El Mansour

The focus of Place El Hedim is this huge gate, perhaps the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways. The gate is well preserved, if a bit dulled by soot, with intricate mosaic tilework and inscriptions across...

Moroccan in Meknes

Aisha

This tiled box of a room has a maximum capacity of 10, so while you may want to lounge after your large, delectable home-style meal, it's only polite to roll out and make room for more of Aisha's many fans. She...

Museum in Meknes

Dar Jamaï Museum

On the north side of Place El Hedim, this museum was under renovation at last visit, with a possible reopening in 2020. Built in 1882 by the powerful Jamaï family, two of whom were viziers to Sultan Moulay Al...

Religious in Meknes

Moussem of Sidi Ben Aïssa

The Aïssawa Sufi brotherhood leads this week-long festival at the Mausoleum of Sidi Ben Aïssa, when tens of thousands attend for fantasias (musket-firing cavalry charges), singing, and dancing to the Aïssawas'...

Islamic Site in Meknes

Medersa Bou Inania

Medersa Bou Inania

Opposite the Grande Mosquée, this religious school, completed in 1358, is typical of the exquisite Merinid interior design. Although it is not as lavish as its counterpart of the same name in Fez, it does display...

Square in Meknes

Place El Hedim

Place El Hedim

Cleared by Moulay Ismail so his populace could better admire Bab El Mansour, this square is the social heart of the medina, and it really livens up at night. Families come out to stroll, snack at the cafes, play...

Moroccan in Meknes

Omnia

This low-key restaurant – really a few salons in a family home – is a relaxing spot with a varied menu, including the local speciality kamama (beef or chicken with tomatoes and honey) and kababe mardoure (beef...

Mausoleum in Meknes

Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail

Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail

Closed since 2016 for a massive renovation, the final resting place of the sultan who made Meknes his capital in the 17th century is ordinarily a must-see for anyone travelling through town. Before the closure,...

Palace in Meknes

Palais Al Mansour

Moulay Ismail's summer palace, built in the countryside in the 17th century, now sits in the middle of the urban fabric of Meknes – there's even a neighborhood playground out front. It has undergone a massive...

Moroccan in Meknes

Marhaba Restaurant

The essence of cheap and cheerful, this canteen-style place has been dishing up affordable, simple food since 1983. At lunchtime, go for the freshly grilled meats. After 4pm do as everyone else does and fill up...

Market in Meknes

Covered Market

Virtually a tourist attraction in itself, the medina's main market hall is bursting with beautifully arranged pyramids of sugary sweet delicacies, baskets of dried fruits and olives in glistening piles. The...

Cafe in Meknes

La Tulipe

A modern Moroccan cafe, with a large terrace and very decent coffee. Set on a quiet cul-de-sac, it’s a pleasant spot to kill an hour or two, and the patisseries (sweet and savoury) are delicious. Pick from the...

Moroccan in Meknes

Mille et Une Nuits

If this friendly restaurant feels a little like somebody's home glamorously made over as a Moroccan palace, that's because it is just that. It's a bit dark inside and ever so slightly shabby, but the traditional...

Cafe in Meknes

Cafe Restaurant Place Lahdim

Come dusk, this succession of roof terraces is where young locals settle in for a sundowner coffee. The best tables are at the top, where you can watch the sun brush the Imperial City walls and Bab El Mansour...

Moroccan in Meknes

Ya Hala

There's a nice atmosphere at this petite restaurant, with chatter from the family kitchen upstairs and the chef's son bustling about at the tables downstairs. Everything in the white plaster dining salon is...

Moroccan in Meknes

Gambrinus

This elegant old restaurant-cafe doesn't look like it has changed much since the first Gambrinus rolled into town from Czechoslovakia in 1914 – although the menu is now firmly Moroccan. It’s popular with locals...

Cafe in Meknes

Zazen Centre

At the end of a skinny lane, this little courtyard house is a social hub for creative young Meknassis, hosting acoustic music and art workshops. It's open all day, so check for events on the Instagram account, or...

Moroccan in Meknes

Ryad Bahia

This pretty guesthouse restaurant has candlelit tables around its courtyard. If you're not also staying at the riad, call to reserve a day (or at least a few hours) ahead, to give the staff a chance to shop and...

International in Meknes

Promenade Palace

Set over two floors as well as the pavement, this cafe-restaurant is shiny, bright and frequented by men and women (even solo). Its Moroccan menu is fine (Friday has a veg couscous special for Dh38), but in the...

Street Food in Meknes

Bissara Stalls

Just outside the medina's Bab El Jdid (noted for its musical-instrument sellers) is a clutch of very busy, very popular shops selling bissara (fava-bean soup) as well as all the other major street-food groups,...