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If looking for a real taste of the exotic, dining out in Marrakesh will satisfy all of your senses; here you will find a wealth of restaurants offering mouthwatering dishes which are bursting with unusual spices, powerful flavor and succulent ingredients. Shy away from the usual tourist traps that tend to serve up uninspiring western food, and opt for a traditional Moroccan restaurant, which can range in location and type, from chic rooftop restaurants to local corner café, but be assured that either option will be able to offer you an authentic Moroccan meal.
Around the souq there are some good spots to watch out for. After working up an appetite wondering around the stalls, a good spot for a bit of lunch or dinner is Bougainvillea, which is centrally located in the northern souqs of the city, and offers a dining space in a beautifully old converted Riad with an open patio laden with classic wooden and mosaic décor. The menu is reasonably prices and offers tasty tagines and couscous dishes, as well as some unusual options- look out for the zesty avocado milkshakes. Otherwise, the Terraces des Epices is off the main square, and offers a menu complete with great salads and pastries as well as the more traditional Moroccan cuisine. The seats on the rooftop terrace and always a popular option, offering a great view of the souq labyrinth as you dine. For fine dining and evening options, there are various upscale restaurants offering impeccable service and awesome aesthetics.
Le Foudouk is the most chic new-style restaurant in town, the tone set by dark moody decor, and laden with large lounging cushions. Alternatively, Dar Moha, the former home of fashion designer Pierre Balmain, has set new culinary standards in Morocco for the innovative fusion cuisine it offers. Be sure to grab a seat in the rose petal strewn garden, to enjoy some musical serenading as you dine. However, for the most authentic Moroccan eating experience, the best place is in the open air. As sunset falls on the Jema El Fna main square, there is a flurry of movement as the Medina is in a few extraordinary moments transformed into a huge open food court.
Hundreds of individual run food stalls are constructed, each lined with tightly packed trestle tables and chefs serving up tasty cheap dishes, all made with fresh local ingredients. Here you can munch on just about anything that takes your fancy, picking food from the stall's display; fresh fish and sea food, lamb kebabs and meatballs, salads and couscous. For the more adventurous eater, stalls selling snails and sheep heads can be found, as a daring munch. And of course, no Marrakesh meal would be complete without being followed by a fresh mint tea.