10 Fantastic Places to Eat in Morocco and Jordan

Places to Eat in Morocco and Jordan - Street food stall by night at the Djemaa el Fna square in Marrakesh on October 8, 2013 in Morocco. Every night the square turns into open air restaurant

Street food stall at the Djemaa el Fna square in Marrakesh. Every night the square turns into one giant open air restaurant

During a tour of Morocco and Jordan, you’ll be treated to many of the region’s finest dishes for breakfasts and lunches. There’s no doubt that you’ll have a chance to sample foul, the traditional bean-based breakfast in Jordan, as well as plenty of other famous dishes. But when it comes time for dinner, you want something extra special to remember your vacation by. Every time you recall the magical taste of delicious food that you had along the way, the sights and sounds of Morocco and Jordan will come rushing back. To create those sensory memories, here are 10 fantastic restaurants to choose from.

1. Najla in Amman, Jordan

Utilizing traditional Jordanian recipes from the owner’s grandmother, this restaurant is the perfect place to get a truly authentic lunch. If you are travelling with more than 10 people, you can book a private dinner event, but the restaurant is open to the public from 12:30 to 7:00 in the evening Monday to Saturday – keep in mind that people in Jordan don’t really eat dinner till after 8:00 p.m. What you can expect here is a traditional multi-course lunch of small plates and dips followed by one or two seasonal lunch dishes.

2. Levant in Amman, Jordan

If you want to try a variety of Levantine cuisine in one sitting, Levant is the place to go. The menu includes Lebanese dishes, Armenian dishes, Syrian dishes, Jordanian dishes, and Palestinian dishes. You can dine in the garden in the summer, for a long and lazy lunch or dinner that lets you sample a wide range of Middle Eastern fare. The portions are large, so be prepared for a feast. This restaurant is open every day from noon to midnight.

3. Gusto in Amman, Jordan

Surprised to hear Italian food being recommended in Jordan? Don’t be – Italian is a favored cuisine in Amman much like in many cities that welcome tourists frequently. Gusto is the best, thanks to the thin-curst pizza, the herb gnocchi, the Canadian lobster, the pumpkin and ricotta ravioli, and so much more. This restaurant offers Italian home cooking, so you can count on it to be filling and delicious. It is open from 12:30 to 11:00 p.m. every day.

4. Haret Jdoudna in Madaba, Jordan

If you are exploring the Byzantine mosaics of Madaba, a stop at Haret Jdoudna is a must. Located inside a 20th-century home, which also houses a craft market and a souk, it’s perfect for a leisurely Arabian lunch or dinner. You can eat in the courtyard under the shade, then explore the building. The restaurant serves excellent Arabian food such as sawani kofta with tahini. This restaurant is open from noon to 11:00 p.m. every day.

5. Sufra in Amman, Jordan

By now, we’ve recommended a few places that offer traditional Jordanian cuisine. What makes Sufra any different? The amazing atmosphere of this garden restaurant. It’s the prettiest place in the entire city to enjoy lunch or dinner, in an idyllic garden. Enjoy some mezze bites with freshly baked bread, or a Jordanian feast of fukharat with minced meat and tahini sauce. Romance abounds on the terrace or in the garden, so be sure to visit this restaurant with your loved one.

6. Atay Café Food in Marrakech, Morocco

This multi-sensory café is a favorite on Instagram, due to how gorgeous the restaurant and the view are. The four-floor restaurant includes three outdoor terrace eating areas, where you can see beautiful views of Marrakech’s mosques. If you dine at the right time of day, you’ll be able to hear the sounds of adhan (the call to prayer for Muslims), which is a lovely, spellbinding sound. The restaurant offers many vegetarian dishes, tons of meat-based dishes, freshly squeezed juices, and other simple, yet delicious, fare. It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

7. La Famille in Marrakech, Morocco

If you want a breezy Mediterranean setting for a delicious lunch after exploring Bahia Palace, you can’t go wrong with vegetarian restaurant La Famille. The menu changes every day, featuring unique seasonal salads, pizzas, and more. Expect to see about three to four options, all made with seasonal and organic ingredients. This restaurant is only open for two hours for lunch, from noon to 2:00 p.m., and not open at all on Mondays. It’s a rustic setting with a cozy courtyard for seating.

8. Shawarma or Falafel Stands All Over Jordan

This isn’t exactly a single restaurant, but a hearty recommendation to stop for any falafel or shawarma you see in Jordan. The street vendors offer absolutely mouth-watering snacks and quick lunches, and these two are Jordanian traditions. Definitely keep your eye out for long lines, or street vendors that seem to be selling mostly to locals.

9. La Capitale in Amman, Jordan

This is a very unique stop in Jordan – a French restaurant that offers five-stay Parisian food. Traditional French food like goat cheese salad, bouille-a-basse, and fresh bruschetta offer a tasty break from traditional fare during your tour. This is a gourmet restaurant located inside the Four Season Hotel, and is open from 1:00 p.m. to midnight every day. The rustic décor is the picture of a stylish French bistro – minus the stuffy starched tablecloths. As one of the newest restaurants in the area, you’ll be among the first to give this location a try.

10. Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca, Morocco

Finally, no list about places to eat in Morocco would be complete without a mention of Rick’s Café. Based on the café in the iconic movie named after this city, you’ll find elegant décor with balconies, tiled arches, and more. Live piano and sounds from the movie being played upstairs make the atmosphere very sophisticated. The menu includes Moroccan dishes as well as international favorites. You’ll find seafood, steaks, burgers, and a lot more. This is a very popular tourist destination, so reservations are recommended.

These 10 restaurants can make your tour of Morocco and Jordan as delicious as it is beautiful.

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