If you’re looking for a taste of modern Morocco, with a few cocktails thrown in for good measure, then Nomad is the place to go. From the creative team behind Café des Epices, Nomad is a chic, three-leveled restaurant, which seamlessly blends traditional recipes with international influences in its dishes. But the food – as good as it is – isn’t the only draw here. Found nestled between the Rahba Kedima (the Spice Square) and the Laghzel Souk, its central position in Marrakech lets you look out over most of the Medina, the Koutoubia Mosque and the High Atlas Mountains beyond from its beautiful rooftop dining area.
Strung with lights and simply decorated with wrought iron chairs and benches with comfy cappuccino-coloured cushions, the rooftop is the first choice for many diners. But there’s plenty to discover and enjoy here, from the individual salons on the first floor to the terrace on the second. The interiors, as envisioned by designer Romain Meunier, have plenty of retro touches, like French movie posters from the 60s, and generous splashes of colour throughout.
Fresh ingredients and bright flavours characterise the food at Nomad, meanwhile. You can try calamari from Agadir with a cumin-spiked harissa sauce, juicy lamb brochettes, or a veggie interpretation of bastilla, which is stuffed with goat’s cheese instead of pigeon. Or, like many, you can come for the rooftop ambience and the cooling cocktails high above the bustle of the Medina. The fresh mint mojito is always a good choice; cooling and, while alcoholic – considering Morocco’s predilection for mint tea – strangely appropriate.