It may be my favourite meal of the day. It is certainly the most important as it tends to influence my eating habits for the rest of the day. So when it comes to breakfast, if it’s not prepared chez moi (it’s the one meal I can prepare well), there’s nothing I love more than meeting friends for a lazy breakfast (ok, long lunch with a bottle of rose may be fierce competition). And when it comes time to picking the cafe of choice, I have a few trusted options in Marrakech.
Cafe de la Poste
When I’m craving the creature comforts of home, I head to Cafe de la Poste. Whether a simple croissant and café au lait, or a full breakfast spread with yogurt and muesli, or even bacon and eggs, this cafe is the chicest place for breakfast. While mimosas are missing from the menu, the coffee is great and the people-watching second-to-none. The cafe also has the daily papers available so a great place to catch up on what’s happening in the world over a café au last!
Travellers tired of the carb-heavy riad breakfast, and locals looking for a truly local breakfast option, should head to the Amal Centre in Gueliz. The ample breakfast in the garden is typical – eggs khlii (scrambled eggs with cured meats), harira soup and dates, a selection of breads and locally sourced honey and a pot of mint tea. But be warned, you won’t need lunch after brunching here!
With a new outpost at Rue 33 Majorelle, 16 Cafe is hands-down my favourite place to start the day with a nouss nouss and a croissant. Or opt for the breakfast special and add an fresh-pressed orange juice. Then caffeinated, head on over to the boutique where the best of Moroccan designers are on display. I rarely leave here empty-handed.
The pancakes with caramelized banana and fresh fruit washed down with a café au lait may not be the most calorie-free way to start the day, but for a sweet tooth like me, it’s heavenly. Or start with the eggs shakshuka. So yum! Grab a seat on the terrace and ease in to the day as the friendly Clock crew provide service with a smile.
Scattered throughout the medina and along smaller side streets in Gueliz, you’ll find men serving bissara (fava beans with garlic oil and some spices), a soup made from lentils and drizzled with olive oil, scooped up with fresh bread and a cup of mint tea. Don’t expect any fine dining, but rather loads of flavour. A perfect breakfast on the go!
**On another foodie-related note, the Evening Standard has recommended my Tasting Marrakech food tours in their Hidden Marrakech article published related. Have a read and then contact me if you’re interested in a Tasting Marrakech food tour!