Restaurant recommendations in the Fez Medina
Fez Café at Le Jardin des Biehn (map reference 5)
This relaxed bistro has tables inside and out on a garden verandah. Excellent French-Moroccan cuisine by chef Hicham using local and home-grown produce. Licenced. Lunch and dinner. Escort provided if necessary. Wifi. Bookings essential in peak season 06 64 64 76 79.
Resto 7 (near Riad Laaroussa, map reference 28)
Set in a traditional medina house restored to a minimalist black and white theme, this elegant restaurant opens for dinner several months of the year. It hosts visiting celebrity chefs from around the world who use only fresh produce sourced in the medina or from an organic farm just outside the city. The chefs-in-residence from 15 November 2014-31 January 2015 are Harry Cummins and Laura Vidal. Bookings essential on 05 35 63 89 24 or at email@example.com.
Dar Roumana (map reference 39)
Eat around the courtyard fountain at this lovely guesthouse. French chef Vincent makes the most of local produce for his French-Moroccan cuisine. Licenced. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Escort provided if necessary. Bookings essential 05 35 74 16 37.
There’s an international as well as a Moroccan menu at this elegant hotel in Ziat. There are stupendous views from the roof terrace and the bar. Licenced. Dinner daily. Bookings essential 05 35 63 53 56.
Riad Fes (map reference 15)
The elegant L’Ambre restaurant at this Relais & Chateaux riad hotel serves traditional Moroccan cuisine. The Alcazar bar with its reflecting pool is lovely for summer evenings, and there’s the Wine Bar next to the pool. Licenced. Bookings essential 05 35 94 76 10.
Palais Amani (map reference 44)
Set in a beautiful art deco riad, the restaurant here serves excellent Moroccan cuisine for dinner. In summer, lunch is served on the roof terrace, and the bar up here also serves tapas in the evenings. Licenced. Bookings essential 05 35 63 32 09.
Ruined Garden at Riad Idrissy (map reference 7)
This delightful garden attached to Riad Idrissy serves Moroccan street food with an elegant twist. Light meals of tapas or b’sara (broad bean soup) or full meals. Eat inside round the fire if it’s cold. Escort provided if necessary. Wifi. Bookings advised 06 49 19 14 10.
Café Clock (map reference blue 3)
Good coffee, milkshakes and café food here including the famous (and delicious) camel burger. Wifi. Full cultural programme of Sunday evening concerts at 18h00, films, jam sessions and football (see www.cafeclock.com for details).
Maison Moi Anan
Brand new on the scene is this genuine Thai restaurant and stylish boutique run by designer Anan Sorsutham . Open daily for dinner from 19h00 except on Fridays. The boutique opens earlier, at 14h00.
30 Zkak el Ma (just off Tala’a Kebira). Ph 05 35 63 57 13.
This ultra-modern bar on the edge of the medina next to the Jnan Sbil Gardens has a great roof terrace and serves light meals. Licenced. Wifi. Sports screen.
Food here is mostly cooked on an open fire, so expect mixed grills and local trout. There’s also reasonable pasta and some good Moroccan fare.
This tranquil restaurant is just outside the medina (exit Bab Boujloud and turn right) and offers a welcome respite. There are some more interesting tagine dishes here than the usual run-of-the-mill, so it’s worth seeking out.
Restaurant Family Berrada
This is definitely worth finding in Achebine – a gem of a place serving lunch only (not Fridays). If you can’t decide what to eat, the owner will take you into the kitchen so you can taste a bit of everything.
Most of these restaurants, stretching from Bab Boujloud all the way to the Post Office in Batha, offer similar fare of tagines and brochettes. It’s all pretty bland because there’s a misconception that foreigners don’t like spicy food. Thami’s is one of the best – in the corner under the mulberry tree.