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12 Essential Dining Destinations in Casablanca

How to eat your way through the glorious cultural mishmash of Morocco’s largest city

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Ever since it was immortalized on film as a grayscale dreamland, the name Casablanca has evoked the romance of a bygone era. But the city isn’t stuck in the past. It’s the largest city in Morocco, home to 3.4 million citizens, the economic hub of the country, and one of the largest ports in all of Africa.

When the French established a protectorate over much of the country in 1912, they transformed the small city into a waypoint for international traders from across Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. European ships exchanged manufactured goods for resources like salt, infusing the city with a wealth of international flavors in the process. On the streets today, you may hear a half dozen languages. Men and women wear traditional djallabas (hooded robes), or suits, or jeans and T-shirts. Traditional Moroccan architecture stands side by side with crumbling art deco edifices. Modern apartment buildings dot the skyline while villas hide behind gated walls away from the city center.

No matter where you land in Casablanca, you’re certain to see and experience this cultural mishmash, but nowhere is it clearer than the city’s eateries. Before the protectorate, restaurants likely served the same food as Moroccans would eat at home, but as immigrants flooded the city, the food scene came to reflect this global mixture. Today, Cassouis, as Casablanca residents are known, are just as likely to enjoy sushi as a tagine.

Taste your way through Casablanca, old and new, at these 12 essential restaurants.

Prices per person, excluding alcohol:
$ = Less than 100 dirham (Less than $10 USD)
$$ = 100 - 250 dirham ($10 - $25 USD)
$$$ = 250 dirham ($26 USD and up)

The level of service offered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is indicated on each map point. For updated information on coronavirus cases in Morocco, please visit ma.usembassy.gov.

Amanda Ponzio-Mouttaki is a food and travel writer based in Marrakech, Morocco, where she owns a culinary tourism company in addition to her writing work.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Le Cabestan

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Le Cabestan offers ocean-front dining on the corniche with excellent seafood to boot. Established in 1927, it’s one of the older restaurants in the city still in operation. The diverse menu spans international cuisines, but the kitchen also appeals to local tastes with popular ingredients and flavors. Try the parrillada, a mixture of fish and seafood cooked a la plancha, served with several sauces. It’s ideal for sharing. Outdoor seating. [$$$]

A sunny, covered patio with midcentury chairs and small tables, overlooking the ocean in the background
The patio at Le Cabestan
Le Cabestan [Official Photo]

2. Le Gatsby

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Angle boulevard Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah et, Boulevard Sour Jdid
Casablanca 20020, Morocco

From this trendy art deco-inspired cafe, you can relax with a stellar view of the Hassan II Mosque, which dominates the coastline of Casablanca. Le Gatsby is great for breakfast, brunch, or just a coffee, but you can’t go wrong with the set brunch: a hot or cold drink, eggs, charcuterie, and classic French viennoiseries. The full-service lunch and dinner menus include international and Moroccan fare as well.  Takeaway and delivery available. [$$]

3. Rick's Café

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Place du jardin public, 248 Boulevard Sour Jdid
Casablanca 20250, Morocco

You’ve probably heard of Rick’s Cafe, Humphrey Bogart’s gambling parlor in the film Casablanca. The restaurant really does exist, though it only opened in 2004 as homage to the fictional version. Despite the restaurant’s youth, it will still transport you back in time with its grand interior and menu of classic international dishes like black pepper filet mignon or sea bass with saffron rice. The restaurant also has a full bar menu with cocktails. Delivery and takeaway available. [$$]

A dining room with mood lighting, a piano, plants and Moroccan designs
Inside Rick’s Cafe
Rick’s Cafe [Official Photo]

4. La Sqala

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Boulevard des Almohades
Casablanca 20250, Morocco

La Sqala is one of the go-to spots in Casablanca for classic Moroccan dishes such as pigeon pastilla and mouth watering tagines. The food and ambiance are decidedly Moroccan, with an interior courtyard that is ideal for dining al fresco. Daily specials add a little excitement to the standard menu of hits. Don’t miss the couscous on Fridays. Outdoor dining. [$$]

A tagine, sitting on a tiled pedestal, with the lid opened to show a meal inside
Tagine with beef shank, prunes, almonds, and apricots
La Sqala / Facebook

5. Marché Central

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Boulevard Mohammed V
Casablanca 20250, Morocco

Since 1917, the Marché Central has been providing locals and tourists with spices, produce, and other household essentials. Past the rows of spice vendors and dozens of varieties of olives, you’ll find seafood sellers with the day’s fresh catch straight from the Atlantic. Have a fish sent over to the grilling stalls where it will be prepared to order. Most vendors also have a small selection of salads and plenty of bread for you to enjoy with your meal. Outdoor seating. Takeaway. [$]

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6. Cercle de L’Union

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19 Rue Abderrahman Sahraoui
Casablanca 20250, Morocco

Casablanca retains the highest number of Jewish residents anywhere in Morocco, and there are multiple historic sites worth visiting near the old medina. After a stop to admire the stained glass windows of Synagogue Beth El or a walk around the old Jewish cemetery nearby, come for a bite at this community center, where an on-site restaurant offers kosher Moroccan meals. A full spread might include lamb ribs, a plate of mixed skewers, homemade chicken pastillas, and an array of simple side salads. 

Note: Due to COVID-19, hours may vary.

7. Saveurs Du Palais

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28 Rue Jalal Eddine Sayouti
Casablanca 20250, Morocco

The focus here is on Moroccan food and Moroccan food alone. The menu isn’t long, but it does feature a few specialty dishes that are usually only prepared in Moroccan homes and don’t often make appearances on restaurant menus. Try tred, a chicken dish with lentils and shredded flaky bread, or seffa, tender chicken spiced with cumin and ginger and tucked inside steamed vermicelli pasta, all dusted with powdered sugar. Popular items do sell out, so come early. Takeaway and delivery available. [$$]

A mound of couscous topped with vegetables, served with an array of sauces and toppings
Couscous at Saveurs Du Palais
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8. NKOA - Restaurant Casablanca, Maroc

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Each menu item at trendy downtown restaurant NKOA takes inspiration from a different country, a nod to the international makeup of Casablanca. Try the Iranian herb frittata, Chilean ceviche, and Moroccan figs with orange blossom water and ice cream. The restaurant features live music too, which often matches the cuisine in its global perspective. Takeaway and delivery available. [$$]

Prawns on top of a puck of rice topped with various colorful fixins
Swahili prawns masala in coconut milk
NKOA / Facebook

9. Solidarite Feminine

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For generations, women have run Moroccan home kitchens, but modern restaurants don’t often feature their skills. Founded in the mid-1980s, Solidarite Feminine trains single mothers in culinary and patisserie arts, enabling them to achieve full employment once their course is complete. The restaurant is simple, the dining room plain, and the menu restricted to a single dish each day. But the food, especially the Friday couscous, is well worth the visit. Takeaway available. [$]

A bowl of couscous topped with vegetables
Couscous at Solidarite Feminine
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10. Pâtisserie Bennis

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Rue Fkih El Gabbas، Dar-el-Beida 20100, Morocco

The French constructed much of the Habous neighborhood during the protectorate to provide additional housing for merchants. Those homes still exist today, but the area has largely become a shopping district for Moroccan goods. Slightly hidden among the shops, you’ll find this classic patisserie, which has specialized in Moroccan pastries since 1930. There are dozens of varieties of Moroccan treats such as ka’ab gazelle (a thin pastry filled with almond paste), fekkas (Moroccan biscotti), and ghriba (crumbly, shortbread cookies). The sweets are available for walk-ins, but order ahead to procure savory highlights like pastillas (meat pies) and briouats (meat or cheese-stuffed pastry triangles). Snack as you wander the mix of French and Moroccan architecture, or head to the grounds at the nearby Moulay Yacoub Mosque or Parc Murdoch a few streets away. Takeaway only. [$]

From above, rows of colorful cookies
Cookies at Pâtisserie Bennis
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11. Butchers Market

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12 Rue Moulay Ismail
Casablanca 20550, Morocco

Combined with spices, onions, and tomatoes, camel meat makes a delicious meal at one of the city’s most popular spots for street food. Head to the butchers on the Marche Viande near Derb Sultan, an area popular with Moroccans for outdoor shopping and street food, and just look for the camel heads hanging near one of the stalls. Order by weight and have your meat ground along with cilantro, parsley, salt and cumin. Then take it across the way to have it grilled along with veggie accompaniments. Eat it on the spot, in a central seating area between the butcher and grill stalls, or take it on the road. Outdoor dining and takeaway. [$]

A plate of grilled meats in various cuts, beside a tomato salad and basket of flatbread
Grilled camel with tomatoes, onions, and fresh bread
Amanda Ponzio-Mouttaki

12. Maison Amande & Miel

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7 Rue d'Ifrane
Casablanca 20120, Morocco

You can always trust anywhere that’s popular among locals. Known more for their catering operation, Maison Amande et Miel also operates a cafe offering great takeaway items and sit-down meals. Try the seafood pastilla and a mixture of briouats, small triangles of pastry stuffed with fillings like cheese and minced meat. Takeaway and delivery available. [$]

A tagine opened to reveal meatballs inside, alongside a basket of bread and sauces
Meatball tagine at Maison Amande & Miel
Maison Amande & Miel / Facebook

1. Le Cabestan

Phare d'El hank، 90 شارع الكورنيش، الدار البيضاء 20000, Morocco
A sunny, covered patio with midcentury chairs and small tables, overlooking the ocean in the background
The patio at Le Cabestan
Le Cabestan [Official Photo]

Le Cabestan offers ocean-front dining on the corniche with excellent seafood to boot. Established in 1927, it’s one of the older restaurants in the city still in operation. The diverse menu spans international cuisines, but the kitchen also appeals to local tastes with popular ingredients and flavors. Try the parrillada, a mixture of fish and seafood cooked a la plancha, served with several sauces. It’s ideal for sharing. Outdoor seating. [$$$]

2. Le Gatsby

Angle boulevard Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah et, Boulevard Sour Jdid, Casablanca 20020, Morocco

From this trendy art deco-inspired cafe, you can relax with a stellar view of the Hassan II Mosque, which dominates the coastline of Casablanca. Le Gatsby is great for breakfast, brunch, or just a coffee, but you can’t go wrong with the set brunch: a hot or cold drink, eggs, charcuterie, and classic French viennoiseries. The full-service lunch and dinner menus include international and Moroccan fare as well.  Takeaway and delivery available. [$$]

Angle boulevard Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah et, Boulevard Sour Jdid
Casablanca 20020, Morocco

3. Rick's Café

Place du jardin public, 248 Boulevard Sour Jdid, Casablanca 20250, Morocco
A dining room with mood lighting, a piano, plants and Moroccan designs
Inside Rick’s Cafe
Rick’s Cafe [Official Photo]

You’ve probably heard of Rick’s Cafe, Humphrey Bogart’s gambling parlor in the film Casablanca. The restaurant really does exist, though it only opened in 2004 as homage to the fictional version. Despite the restaurant’s youth, it will still transport you back in time with its grand interior and menu of classic international dishes like black pepper filet mignon or sea bass with saffron rice. The restaurant also has a full bar menu with cocktails. Delivery and takeaway available. [$$]

Place du jardin public, 248 Boulevard Sour Jdid
Casablanca 20250, Morocco

4. La Sqala

Boulevard des Almohades, Casablanca 20250, Morocco
A tagine, sitting on a tiled pedestal, with the lid opened to show a meal inside
Tagine with beef shank, prunes, almonds, and apricots
La Sqala / Facebook

La Sqala is one of the go-to spots in Casablanca for classic Moroccan dishes such as pigeon pastilla and mouth watering tagines. The food and ambiance are decidedly Moroccan, with an interior courtyard that is ideal for dining al fresco. Daily specials add a little excitement to the standard menu of hits. Don’t miss the couscous on Fridays. Outdoor dining. [$$]

Boulevard des Almohades
Casablanca 20250, Morocco

5. Marché Central

Boulevard Mohammed V, Casablanca 20250, Morocco

Since 1917, the Marché Central has been providing locals and tourists with spices, produce, and other household essentials. Past the rows of spice vendors and dozens of varieties of olives, you’ll find seafood sellers with the day’s fresh catch straight from the Atlantic. Have a fish sent over to the grilling stalls where it will be prepared to order. Most vendors also have a small selection of salads and plenty of bread for you to enjoy with your meal. Outdoor seating. Takeaway. [$]

Boulevard Mohammed V
Casablanca 20250, Morocco

6. Cercle de L’Union

19 Rue Abderrahman Sahraoui, Casablanca 20250, Morocco

Casablanca retains the highest number of Jewish residents anywhere in Morocco, and there are multiple historic sites worth visiting near the old medina. After a stop to admire the stained glass windows of Synagogue Beth El or a walk around the old Jewish cemetery nearby, come for a bite at this community center, where an on-site restaurant offers kosher Moroccan meals. A full spread might include lamb ribs, a plate of mixed skewers, homemade chicken pastillas, and an array of simple side salads. 

Note: Due to COVID-19, hours may vary.

19 Rue Abderrahman Sahraoui
Casablanca 20250, Morocco

7. Saveurs Du Palais

28 Rue Jalal Eddine Sayouti, Casablanca 20250, Morocco
A mound of couscous topped with vegetables, served with an array of sauces and toppings
Couscous at Saveurs Du Palais
Saveurs Du Palais / Facebook

The focus here is on Moroccan food and Moroccan food alone. The menu isn’t long, but it does feature a few specialty dishes that are usually only prepared in Moroccan homes and don’t often make appearances on restaurant menus. Try tred, a chicken dish with lentils and shredded flaky bread, or seffa, tender chicken spiced with cumin and ginger and tucked inside steamed vermicelli pasta, all dusted with powdered sugar. Popular items do sell out, so come early. Takeaway and delivery available. [$$]

28 Rue Jalal Eddine Sayouti
Casablanca 20250, Morocco

8. NKOA - Restaurant Casablanca, Maroc

11 Abou Kacem Chabi، الدار البيضاء 20060, Morocco
Prawns on top of a puck of rice topped with various colorful fixins
Swahili prawns masala in coconut milk
NKOA / Facebook

Each menu item at trendy downtown restaurant NKOA takes inspiration from a different country, a nod to the international makeup of Casablanca. Try the Iranian herb frittata, Chilean ceviche, and Moroccan figs with orange blossom water and ice cream. The restaurant features live music too, which often matches the cuisine in its global perspective. Takeaway and delivery available. [$$]

9. Solidarite Feminine

Casablanca 20360, Morocco
A bowl of couscous topped with vegetables
Couscous at Solidarite Feminine
Solidarite Feminine / Facebook

For generations, women have run Moroccan home kitchens, but modern restaurants don’t often feature their skills. Founded in the mid-1980s, Solidarite Feminine trains single mothers in culinary and patisserie arts, enabling them to achieve full employment once their course is complete. The restaurant is simple, the dining room plain, and the menu restricted to a single dish each day. But the food, especially the Friday couscous, is well worth the visit. Takeaway available. [$]

10. Pâtisserie Bennis

2, Rue Fkih El Gabbas، Dar-el-Beida 20100, Morocco
From above, rows of colorful cookies
Cookies at Pâtisserie Bennis
Pâtisserie Bennis / Facebook

The French constructed much of the Habous neighborhood during the protectorate to provide additional housing for merchants. Those homes still exist today, but the area has largely become a shopping district for Moroccan goods. Slightly hidden among the shops, you’ll find this classic patisserie, which has specialized in Moroccan pastries since 1930. There are dozens of varieties of Moroccan treats such as ka’ab gazelle (a thin pastry filled with almond paste), fekkas (Moroccan biscotti), and ghriba (crumbly, shortbread cookies). The sweets are available for walk-ins, but order ahead to procure savory highlights like pastillas (meat pies) and briouats (meat or cheese-stuffed pastry triangles). Snack as you wander the mix of French and Moroccan architecture, or head to the grounds at the nearby Moulay Yacoub Mosque or Parc Murdoch a few streets away. Takeaway only. [$]

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Rue Fkih El Gabbas، Dar-el-Beida 20100, Morocco

11. Butchers Market

12 Rue Moulay Ismail, Casablanca 20550, Morocco
A plate of grilled meats in various cuts, beside a tomato salad and basket of flatbread
Grilled camel with tomatoes, onions, and fresh bread
Amanda Ponzio-Mouttaki

Combined with spices, onions, and tomatoes, camel meat makes a delicious meal at one of the city’s most popular spots for street food. Head to the butchers on the Marche Viande near Derb Sultan, an area popular with Moroccans for outdoor shopping and street food, and just look for the camel heads hanging near one of the stalls. Order by weight and have your meat ground along with cilantro, parsley, salt and cumin. Then take it across the way to have it grilled along with veggie accompaniments. Eat it on the spot, in a central seating area between the butcher and grill stalls, or take it on the road. Outdoor dining and takeaway. [$]

12 Rue Moulay Ismail
Casablanca 20550, Morocco

12. Maison Amande & Miel

7 Rue d'Ifrane, Casablanca 20120, Morocco
A tagine opened to reveal meatballs inside, alongside a basket of bread and sauces
Meatball tagine at Maison Amande & Miel
Maison Amande & Miel / Facebook

You can always trust anywhere that’s popular among locals. Known more for their catering operation, Maison Amande et Miel also operates a cafe offering great takeaway items and sit-down meals. Try the seafood pastilla and a mixture of briouats, small triangles of pastry stuffed with fillings like cheese and minced meat. Takeaway and delivery available. [$]

7 Rue d'Ifrane
Casablanca 20120, Morocco

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