Run by French brothers Pascal and Arnaud Foltran, Kechmara is a unique bistro in Marrakech with the controversial aim of making a very distinct breach with Moroccan traditions. Not that the place feels subversive in any way. Au contraire: Kechmara is a bright and breezy – and distinctly retro – place that holds forth a European aesthetic (Finnish designer chairs, contemporary artworks and photos on the walls) while serving Moroccan and international food. This creative yet unpretentious environment has deservedly become popular with a wide range of people, from young Moroccans, students and families to trendies and tourists alike. It makes for a great casual hangout for lunches, evening meals or even a drink in the evenings, since there’s also a well-stocked bar. The food veers from mediocre to good, but is generally affordable and tasty. There are salads, grills, pasta, tapas from 6pm – and Friday is couscous day. On a sunny day, take advantage of a lovely roof terrace, also a good place to take a drink on a warm evening. You may also want to check out the live funk, rock and soul band that play every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. If you’re seeking informal and funky, this is one of the few places in Marrakech to find it.