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    Morocco: Best deals in Casablanca

    Morocco: Best deals in Casablanca

    Few travelers take the time to put their suitcases in the white city. However, the economic capital of Morocco promises anyone who lingers a memorable journey, between modernity and tradition. 

    To enjoy a traditional meal: Al Mounia

    This typical Moroccan restaurant celebrates 60 years of activities this year. Over the years, his tables have seen many legends such as Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Jimmy Carter.

    We understand why as soon as we enter his garden, where throne a huge false pepper garnished with lights, and columns decorated with zellige (mosaics).

    The dishes offered, says owner Aziza Berrada, are based on traditional Moroccan cuisine: couscous, kebabs and pastillas, the menu has remained the same since the beginning to respect this spirit of authenticity.

    We close the meal with a mint tea, deftly poured by the waiters with the usual accoutrement.

    • 95 Prince Moulay Abdellah Street

    To marvel at Moorish art: Mosque Hassan II

    Considered to be one of the most beautiful religious monuments in the world, the Hassan II mosque is astonishing at first.

    Then, by its detailed architecture of Arab-Moorish style marked by the symmetry of the elements that compose it.

    The huge building, completed in 1993, now houses a prayer room, a washroom, a steam room, a library and a museum.

    Surmounted by a minaret of more than 200 meters, the mosque which borders the waves of the Atlantic Ocean is the pride of the Casablancais and undeniably imposes like symbol of the city.

    Open to non-Muslims. We visit the premises for 12 euros at the entrance, between 9 am and 16 pm.

    • Corniche Boulevard

    To get your daily dose of caffeine: Bondi Coffee Kitchen

    Here is an unpretentious address, pioneering in the concept of specialized cafes, which surf on the wave of health which also sweeps in Casablanca.

    The Moroccan-Australian couple behind this project invites its probably cosmopolitan clientele to enjoy its organic coffee, fair and 100% arabica to its wooden tables, in a friendly and clean space.

    Pressed juices, home-made bread, salads made with local ingredients, vegan or gluten-free options, freshness is in the spotlight on the side of the plate.

    For warm service, excellent flat white coffee and community initiatives, including yoga workshops and jazz nights, a visit is a must.

    • 31, rue Sebou, Gauthier neighborhood

    For a drink with a breathtaking view of the city: The 16th

    Perched on the 16th floor of the Mövenpick Hotel, this restaurant and lounge bar offers panoramic views of the white city, with La Rotonde in focus.

    As it is in the heart of the business district, it is not surprising to find a business clientele, seeking refuge far from the metropolitan hubbub.

    Thanks to its swimming pool and the comfort of its contemporary installations, it is the ideal place to unwind, a cocktail in hand.

    It also vaping shisha for thirty dollars, some pastries bonus.

    • 16th floor of the Mövenpick Hotel, Rond Point Hassan II

    To fill up your memories: Old Medina

    With its labyrinthine airs, this old part of the city is home to the souks, the traditional markets where the art of bargaining is practiced.

    Venturing through its labyrinth of alleys, from which arouse odors of spices mixed with those of offal, is one of the best ways to immerse oneself in the local culture and, in turn, to bring back a party at home.

    Among the colorful terracotta dishes, teapots, lamps and carpets with impressive geometry is the true soul of Casablanca.

    It is accessed by the ark of Bab Marrakech via Tahar-El-Alaoui Boulevard, near the Place des Nations Unies.

    To relive the legendary film Casablanca: Rick's Café

    If Rick's Café is a reenactment of the cabaret set up in Hollywood studios, the fact remains that one feels projected in the cult film of 1942.

    The magic works, thanks to its arcades, its mezzanine, its chic-classical atmosphere and the chords of its grand piano.

    When the pianist Issam Chabaa is not at work, we are lulled by the voice of Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and other great names in American jazz.

    For those who still doubt the similarity, the establishment opened since 2004 broadcasts the film Casablanca upstairs.

    Music lovers and moviegoers will be served.

    • 248 Sour Jdid Boulevard, Place du Jardin Public

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