Hg2 : The Hedonist

Café de France

Café de France doesn’t go big on decorative chic, but nonetheless it’s one of the best-known places on the Jemaa el Fna. Its large dimensions and excellent location make it a convenient meeting-point, and ensure that it’s always busy with a healthy mix of locals and tourists. There is a lunch and dinner menu, but the food isn’t particularly inspiring and the service is usually whimsical at best (we recommend you take the short walk to such restaurants as Terraces d’Alhambra, Le Marrakchi or even Chez Chegrouni next door). What does make it worthwhile, however, is the open terraces where you can go for a drink and a convivial chat. The top floor especially affords great views over the square. If you’re lucky they’ll be making fresh crêpes in the morning (no one seems to know when they will do this). Don’t worry if the veteran staff ignore you for a while either – they do that to everyone and it has now become part of the place’s charm.

Jemaa El Fna,
Medina South
Opening Times
6am-11pm daily
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