Rue Mouassine, Marrakech
Until Café Arabe came on the scene, there were no Western-style cafés in the heart of the Medina; or at least nowhere that offered a decent lunch and a glass of rosé.
Unlike the charming but limited Café des Epices, Arabe offers a full range of meals centred mainly around a Moroccan and Italian menu that's all pastas, soups and salads, plus a good selection of drinks and wines. It's a wonderfully pleasant place to be.
The entrance leads from a dusty street into a frondescent open-air courtyard with walls of Marjorelle blue and a close-knit community of tables. There's an interior salon at the back with more tables and also a roof terrace that opens only in the summer.
Café Arabe is an incredibly popular place, not only because it's one of the few refined sanctuaries within the souk, but because the food is good, the prices are reasonable and the service benign. All-round, an attractive lunch (or even dinner) venue for anyone needing a break from the hustle-bustle of the pink maze.
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