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Terrasse des Epices

D.S.Abdelaziz, Marrakesh, Morocco

212 (0) 5-24-375-904

The perfect place for lunch if you are making a day of shopping in the souk, Terrasse des Epices offers rooftop dining in a hip café environment. It is owned by the same man, who has the bustling Café des Epices in the Spice Market, but sits on the third floor. There are a number of private cabanas, tables spread out on the roof as well as a lounge area with a woven reed awning and striped curtains that can be drawn for privacy. Tables are low and benches are strewn with pillows. Large potted trees add a garden effect but the scene-stealer is the view of the city’s rooftops.

Blackboards announce the daily specials such as carrot ginger soup or feta and tuna salad to begin followed by tagine of turkey and dried fruit, eggplant penne, chicken marinated in herbs or beef filet. Desserts range from traditional French ones like chocolate mousse and crème brûlée to Moroccan pastries. On a sunny day, you may find your meal stretching into an afternoon of lazing. Don’t miss stopping in the shop downstairs which sells lovely local pottery, all of the proceeds of which go back to the community. The Terrasse is also particularly pretty for sunset cocktails.

Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley

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