Like in any City it's a bit of a gamble to eat in a restaurant unless you have a recommendation or done some little research.
Nomad was highly rated on many travel blogs. We went there twice for lunch during our stay. Both times we had an amazing time.
Nomad is set atop the Place des Epices (see the post below for more images). The entrance is only a discreet door set on the corner of the market so ask around if you cannot find it. As you walk you can smell the spices and flavours of the Moroccan dishes. The food was amazing, from starters to desserts!
On the first floor you'll find different rooms with confortable seatings and plenty of cushions to relax in while enjoying your meal. On a sunny day (like most days!) head straight upstairs to the rooftop for stunning views of the Medina and the Place des Epices. Straw hats with the name of the restaurant are at your disposal if the sun is too hot.
I had the most delicious shaved fennel and cauliflower salad, a vegetarian pastilla with roasted almonds and for dessert the hibiscus infused Panna Cotta. The Moroccan Affogato with expresso, cinnamon, cardamom over vanilla ice cream and toasted almonds was also a hit!
They also offer a very nice kids menu.
I would advice to book a table at Nomad as it can be very busy during the holidays.
Nomad - 1, Derb Aarjan. Marrakech Medina
One the other side of the Place des Epices, is a nice little café and restaurant called Café des Epices. Owned by the same entrepreneur Kamal Laftimi who started Nomad and Le Jardin. This café is a great place to have a break for a morning coffee before exploring the Medina.
Café des Epices - 75 Rahba Lakdima, Marrakech Medina
La Famille is such a nice place to relax and eat fresh food after walking the busy streets of the Medina.
The restaurant is located in an enclosed courtyard with lush banana, palm and olive trees. The vegetarian menu is quite small but very fresh and so tasty. I recommend the salads and the wonderful hand made cakes for dessert.
There is also a very cute shop selling ceramics, mirrors and cushions. Ophelia came back with a couple of ceramic vases to display on her desk at home.
If you are a big group there is a long table set under the palm trees and a large black board for the kids to draw.
The restaurant is not easy to find, only a very small signboard on an unassuming door indicates the entrance.
Book in advance!
La Famille - 42 Riad Zitoun Jdid, Marrakech