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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Find Luxury for Less in Marrakech


2. Where to Eat

Le Salama offers a traditional menu and authentic atmosphere.  

Have a light lunch on the sunny terrace at Kaowa Café (34 Rue Yves Saint Laurent, 212 5 24 33 00 72), located inside the concept store 33 rue Majorelle, which stocks dozens of Moroccan designers. Here you’ll find one of the city’s only salad bars, in addition to date, banana, and almond milk smoothies ($4); daily tagines ($8); and mini-briouats (Moroccan dumplings) stuffed with chicken, spinach, cheese, or even chocolate ($10).

Sip a post-shopping Casablanca ale ($7) on the top floor of Le Salama, one of the closest lounges to Djemaa el Fna, before ordering traditional dishes like pigeon pastilla ($15), and caramelized lamb shank with tomato and pear ($24.50) on the terrace. Complementing the dim lighting are belly dancers, who arrive around 9:30 p.m. on any given night to offer private dances after diners have finished their pastries and tea.

Dine in an Art Deco setting with live music at L’Avenue, where fashion-conscious locals and expats fill leather club chairs and banquettes with silk pillows for romantic candlelit meals. The menu offers a wide variety of French fusion dishes, but the seafood is particularly impressive; try the salmon tartare ($20) and seafood pastilla ($15).

Published on Nov 29, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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