Terrific nouvelle Moroccan served in a gorgeous setting: the former home of designer Pierre Balmain. Request a table in the walled garden. Settle in with a glass of wine, flaky pastilla, and the sound of live minstrel instruments playing in the background.
Private dining alcoves are tucked away in a labyrinthine set of buildings. Expect a banquet-style feast. And, well, tourists. But it's worth it for the excellent service and food.
The central square turns into a boisterous evening hang with snake charmers, storytellers, gamblers, henna artists, and local crowds. Pull up a seat at one of the open-air eateries or kiosks specializing in kebabs, spicy sausages, and sweet mint tea. Watch the grill in front of you, and get your order on a to-go plate.
Cue the rose petals and candelabras: You've come to the most romantic palace restaurant in Marrakech. Tagines and savory pastries are delicate and special and delivered course-by-course-by-course (they keep on coming!) throughout the night. Prepare to be spoiled.
Next door to the amtique curios shop L'Orientaliste is a small pastry shop with some of the best sweets in town. French cookies, Moroccan cakes, and small davory treats are piled high on dishes and set upon mirrored shelves.
A strip of tearooms, pastry shops (including the Patisserie des Princes at #32-34 — get the mini flaky bisteeya), cafes, snack bars, and a movie theater.