A Taste of Morocco’s Fez
North Africa's Fez, in Morocco, is the most compelling medieval city in the world. There are numerous and savoury reasons why.
Aristocratic, cultured, deeply religious, Fez has to be the most compelling medieval city in the world. Its geographic location, too, is spectacular, spilling over fertile hills between the Middle Atlas and Rif mountains of northern Morocco. This is where to taste velvety tagines like nowhere else, to sample sweet couscous cooked to a 13th-century recipe, to crunch the feather-light pastry of a b’steeya or to dip into a baroque selection of salades marocaines.
L’Ambre at Riad Fès
Recognised as the top restaurant for refined Fassi cuisine beside a spectacular courtyard bar in an 18th-century palace. Innovative presentation gives old classics a modern twist. 5, Derb Ben Slimane, Zerbtana, Fez Medina.
Palais de Fès
Perfect for a lunch on a shady terrace or dinner with twinkling views, even in winter. Most of the vegetables come from the King’s farm, irrigated with spring water, and spices are prepared in-house. 15 Makhfia, R’cif, Fez Medina.
La Maison Bleue
Live oud music and Gnaoua musicians heighten the atmosphere in the blue-and-white–tiled salon of this 1916 mansion. Dinner only. 2 Place de l’Istiqlal, Batha, Fez Medina.
Dar El Ghalia
An eccentric 19th-century jewel owned by the descendant of the original owner. Dinners are prepared with traditional methods and served on the roof terrace or in the patio. 13/15 Ras Janane, Ross Rhi, Fez.
Dine in the splendour of a Grand Vizir’s 1879 palace or on a terrace overlooking lush gardens with the entire medina at your feet. Excellent Fassi cuisine—belly dancers and Moroccan music are a bonus. Palais Jamaï, Bab Guissa, Fez Medina.
American-owned Cordon Bleu riad serving evolved Moroccan cuisine in the patio or on rooftop. Cooking lessons available for guests. Zqaq Rommane, Fez Medina.
Youthful Fez revels in this hip new cocktail lounge, sampling European and Moroccan tapas under the stars. Eclectic décor, polyglot staff. 17 Kasbat Chams, Bab Boujloud (opposite gates to Jardin Jnan Sbil), Fez Medina.
For individual cooking classes in a traditional medina house and market tours, contact Lahcen Beqqi, a genial Berber from the Atlas Mountains who is a trained cook. 212 15/866144