eating in fes

our natural instinct is to eat only local food when travelling – but after a few meals of the local cuisine, you always find yourself hankering after other tastes.    food was generally pretty good in fes – if you stick to the local tagines and typical moroccan dishes – you will be very lucky to find food as good as Moro, but the food at Dar Roumana is as near to that quality as i am sure you will find in fes.  Dar Roumana is a beautifully restored riad-home with only 5 bedrooms, but very special and makes you feel part of the old historic medina.   of course we ate at our own Riad Fes, but to be honest, food was ok, choose to sit around the long fountain in one of the beautiful rooms rather than the bland modern style restaurant; the roof terrace in the early evening is a must and if you get a chance, roam around the numerous outdoor courtyards that the hotel has.   hotel sahrai is a short drive out of the old medina, but the restaurant there offers great views and quite good food – this modern hotel has an amazing swimming pool and probably suits those who dont want to be right in the heart of the medina, but close enough to visit – though you could be anywhere in the world.

restaurants that we didn’t manage to try, but were recommended were Resto 7, restaurant Dar Hatim and  the Ruined Gardens.  we did pop into cafe Clock, which was a nice refuge from the windy streets and stalls. it seems that most of the better restaurants are run by foreigners rather than locals.  the hotels Maison Bleue and Palais Jamais are also recommended, but we ran out of time .   sadly be aware that when you take a guide, which we did for a medieval walking tour – they always take you to a tourist restaurant for lunch, where you feel part of a herded group and food is just ok.

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