El Jadida (Berber: Mazaɣan, ⵎⴰⵣⴰⵗⴰⵏ, Arabic: الجديدة or مازاغان, Portuguese: Mazagão) is a port city on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, located 106 km south of the city of Casablanca in the region of Doukkala-Abda and the province of El Jadida. It has a population of 194,934 (2014 census). From the sea, El Jadida's old city has a very "un-Moorish" appearance; it has massive Portuguese walls of hewn stone.
Things to do in El Jadida
4 based on 164 reviews
This restaurant is on the main street through the old cité. It is surprisingly large, clean and quite informal.
The proprietor (who I think is the owner, manager, waiter and almost everything else besides the chef) was really helpful and friendly. The place was quiet (it was still fairly early) and we could choose where to sit. We were also provided with glasses and a bucket of ice, for us to put in a bottle that we bought with us.
The food was also good. The portions were generous, the salads were obviously fresh and both the tajines had good flavours.
This is not a fine dining restaurant but reasonably good food and great value.
4 based on 121 reviews
This restaurant has been completely renovated and it has a great view of the ocean. Unfortunately I can't say the same for the food. Grilled squids were fine but the seafood mixture was only with shrimps and squids, of course fresh but tasteless. Then a dish of pasta with seafood and sauce was really bad. The pasta was overcooked and with a bad taste.
4 based on 19 reviews
Cheap and cheerful, fresh and well cooked. I can't say much more. You can get a huge plate of a variety of fish, with calamares and prawns on the plate too, for two people for less than a fiver along with bread and a dipping sauce. It's fried in a thin batter and it's well done, not greasy. The fish is fresh and the premises, while humble, are clean. The types of fish change according to what has been landed the day before but there is usually sole on the plate and nearly always the squid rings and prawns. Additional types might be shark, conger eel, "sabre" I don't know what it is in English) or "rouget". There are other offerings on the menu too, but I think the mixed fish plater is the best deal. It's a bit hard to find, so try looking at the map of town and orient yourself before setting out using the address above. Once you're near, you'll see the sign for the place pointing down the little side road the restaurant is situated on.
Well worth a try for those on a budget wanting somewhere safe to eat or for those who want to just have a nice, cheap meal.
4 based on 24 reviews
4 based on 61 reviews
As my photo shows from when I visited yesterday, it's bye bye Café do Mar. The indifferent service, frequent unheralded closures, interruptions in availability of buckwheat flour (which I can get any time I want without problem) and high prices seem finally to have done for this place whose only advantage was its location next to the Bab el Bahar.
They are telling people in the notice shown in my photo to go to the other cafe owned by the same people, but the "do Mar" concept has gone - crepes and galettes are no longer available.
4.5 based on 30 reviews
Dining at Les Cypres is more than worthwhile. Be sure to reserve beforehand when you want to dine during weekends, it is the place to go for French expats for the 'cuisine merveilleux'. They have a good collection of the best Moroccan wines, and the food is fresh from the surrounding countryside. A must to visit if you like French cuisine with an exotic touch.
4 based on 24 reviews
We visited this restaurant as a large group. We were very well catered for, the food was amazing! Out of this world! The tagine and couscous were delicious, I doubt I would ever taste anything else like it. The belly dancing was also great. A few of our party were encouraged to join in, which was all good fun and very entertaining!
4.5 based on 17 reviews
4 based on 20 reviews
We went here with some friends for early afternoon tapas and drinks. We were so impressed. The set up was really nice, with sails and umbrellas overhead to guarantee that if you wanted shade or sun, you would find a good place to sit. The staff, especially Tarik, were all very nice and fluent in MANY languages. We enjoyed our tapas immensely. The mojitos were some of the best that I've ever had. The beach and ocean are just past the first row of tables. If you're in the area, I highly recommend coming here.
4 based on 46 reviews
I stayed at the hotel of the restaurant. I had breakfast here, which was normal, albeit inconvenient for people staying in the main part of the hotel.
However, the evening meals are a fright. I was on business and this particular time I didn't want to explore around, although I do know some other nice places in town. The menu is very small, but this doesn't improve the excellence of the dishes. Quite the reverse. Nothing I had here could be said to be worthy of an expensive hotel. I think this is the real problem. When you're staying at a place that costs more than anywhere else in town, you expect far better than what you get here. If the same meals were served in some small, cheap place in town, you'd probably just say, well, it was OK. Being served trash at an hotel of this price and alleged standard really brings down the marks that could be given for the experience.
The chairs seem to divide people! Whether they have been in design magazines or not, they are totally out of place in a restored old building and clash with the carefully preserved old décor which is the only thing this hotel and restaurant has going for it.
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