a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco

Everyone told me eating vegetarian food in Morocco would mean tangines and couscous. Two weeks of tangines and couscous sounded fine at the start but, I admit, the warnings I received pre-arrival were warranted. A lot of the smaller towns I visited had fewer options and the food did start to sort of blur together in a delicious albeit similar way.

Marrakech was where my culinary choices widened considerably and I was able to hunt down some modern takes on Moroccan meals with different flavours and more variety. I’ve put together this little guide of veggie food spots in Marrakech to help my fellow vegetarians and vegans find a few more dining options so that you can all enjoy the fun food culture that awaits you in this colourful city.


here’s my guide to veggie food in marrakech


a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco
a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco
a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco

Café des Epices

This place was recommended to me by my fellow veggie {she’s vegan}, Lola. I went early in the morning for breakfast, which in Morocco means I was there for opening at 9. I had the place entirely to myself and was excited to head to the rooftop, but was told it wasn’t open. Despite not getting views from up top, being in the heart of the médina meant I got to watch all the shop owners opening up their stores. The menu is extensive here and the price is standard. It’s worth noting that a lot of cafés in Morocco that are open at breakfast time don’t serve breakfast foods the way the Global North knows them. You’ll find a lot of sandwiches and salads on menus at places like Café des Epices even at 9 AM.

WHAT I ATE: espresso + pancakes {more like basic crepes served with a raspberry jam + butter}

OPENING HOURS: 9 AM - 11 PM daily

a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco
a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco
a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco

Nomad

Made famous for its Instagram-worthy rooftop, Nomad is equal parts pretty terrace and delicious food. Luckily for the vegetarians out there, Nomad also has a menu filled with options that go far beyond your run-of-the-mill salad. My only complaint about Nomad, which is more of a note and less of an actual complaint, is that it was pricey. It was more expensive than the meal I had at Rick’s Café in Casablanca. Yes, it was worth the money and super delicious, but I always find it confusing to see such highly-inflated prices for veggie meals once I’ve seen the cost of produce at a local market. Nevertheless, the staff were friendly and attentive and the rooftop really did have an awesome view.

WHAT I ATE: “Vegetarian Plate”, consisting of chickpea salad, tzatziki, avocado and barley with celery and sesame seeds

OPENING HOURS: 12 PM - 11 PM daily

a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco

gäia

Gäia is the place to go in Marrakech for a fancy vegan brunch or regular ol’dinner. With a vibrant interior design concept and colourful plant-based food, you can’t go wrong no matter what you order here. The desserts are decadent and the falafel is worth the money. Seriously, the granola bowls are almost too pretty to eat. Gäia is located outside of the médina, so it’s best to get a Roby taxi if you can to avoid walking for too long in the heat.

WHAT I ATE: falafel “taco” {it’s a pita}

OPENING HOURS: 12 PM - 11 PM every day, closed on Sundays

a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco
a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco
a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco

earth café

Earth Café claims to be Marrakech’s only exclusively vegan and vegetarian café. While I can’t vouch for this claim since I didn’t get to check out every menu in the city, I can vouch for the fact that Earth Café had a wide variety of veggie food. The prices were a bit high for the portion sizes, but as I ate it became obvious that I wasn’t going to leave hungry. I sometimes forget how filling proper plant-based food is, packed with all the yummy goodness that comes from Mother Nature. The café is housed over three levels of a very colourful riad. Plants were hung from beans and sat on the uneven staircases, making for a fun and festive eating atmosphere.

WHAT I ATE: I had the filo pastry with pumpkin, beans, lentils, and a tomato-esque sauce. This also came with cooked eggplant and carrots in a soy-esque sauce {as you can tell the sauces were a bit of a mystery to me}. Also on the table was the veggie burger made out of heaps of lentils and quinoa.

OPENING HOURS: 12 PM- 11 PM daily

a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco
a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco

Henna art café

Henna Art Café was by far the most affordable veggie meal I had in Marrakech and it was darn delicious. I love thoughtful details, particularly with designs and branding. So, when the waiter brought my silverware in a traditional shoe, I whipped my camera out and he smirked. “You must get that a lot, “ I said, a little embarrassed about how enthusiastic I had gotten over a shoe. “Every time,” he answered, laughing. Menus were in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic and the staff spoke a variety of languages to make it a bit easier to order or ask questions about the food offerings.

The hummus was a bit bland, if I’m honest, but nothing a little salt couldn’t fix up! The vegetables were super fresh and for the money I paid I left full and happy.

WHAT I ATE: Hummus and assorted vegetable platter

OPENING HOURS: 11 AM- 8:30 PM daily

a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco
a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco
a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco

Amal Women's Training Center & Moroccan Restaurant

Amal is a non-profit association that works to empower disadvantaged women by offering training in culinary skills and restaurant hospitality. When I first learned about the eatery, I knew I wanted to stop by and see what it was all about. I fell instantly in love with the atmosphere that combined outdoor seating at beautiful tiled tables, quotes by badass ladies on the exterior walls of the kitchen, and soft French jazz playing in the background. The woman who served my meal had the most infectious smile and instantly put me in a good mood despite the trek out to the restaurant in the heat of the day. Her eagerness to get the service “right” showed through and it was one of my favourite dining experiences in Marrakech.

Note: The menu here changes here almost daily, but there is always at least one vegetarian option available.

WHAT I ATE: Vegetarian tangine {the most flavourful tangine I had throughout my time in Morocco}.

OPENING HOURS: 7:30 AM- 10:30 AM, 12 PM - 3:30 PM daily


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a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco
a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco