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Rick’s Café and Live Music

Posted on November 9, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment

Night life in Casablanca is not as exciting as you might wish to be. Nevertheless, the local people here could serve as the source of information on a good night out place out there. Bars, night clubs, and walks at sea sides and such venues come under the gambit of nightlife here.

For women tourists though, night outs while in this Moroccan city would be a disappointment as most of the bars, clubs etc are male-only.


Most of the bars here rap up pretty early. Some good bars here are Tour Hassan, Au Petit Poucet close to Place Mohammed and Churchill club at Ain Diab.


While the bars call it a night early, night clubs open up only a little earlier than midnight and are open till 3 in the morning. Some cool night clubs to hang out at are Black House at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, La Arizona at the Mouahadine Street, La Notte at Ain Dab and an interestingly named Don Quixote at Felix Houphouet Boigny Street.


With venues have bands playing at night; this place is a party for music lovers, especially the Latino fans. Some of the venues worth a visit for live music are Papagayo, the Piano bar at Rick’s Café (inspired by the famous movie Casablanca) among others. There are drinks accompanied by good live performances at these places to give you a high.


For those who want to indulge in some luxury on their trip to Casablanca, there are a number of resorts around. ThereCasablanca resort is the Mohammedia resort, popular among businessmen. Just slightly far off is the Bouznika Bay seaside resort with beautiful beaches to relax at and rocking nightlife to party.


Foodies among you have a lot of eating-joints and restaurants here in Casablanca to take care of your appetite as per your budget. Some of the posh ones are A Ma Bretagne at Corniche, west of Ain Dab, known for its yummy fish dishes. Among its many delights is the Fruits de mer. Al Mounia is another popular hotel. You could either sit out in the open garden or chill out inside, feasting on classic Moroccan cuisine such as Couscous. A little easy and yet a good bargain for your pockets is L’eToile Marocaine offering authentic Magreb cuisine such as mechoui (roasted lamb), pastille (tasty meat pies) among others.  Restaurant Snack Bar California provides simple and yet good foods like brochettes. This one is really a tourists’ place with really affordable dishes.

If you are looking for a romantic set up, the Restaurant au Petit Poucet at boulevard Mohammed V styled as one would be in 1920s is the place for you. Even with an average food, the ambience is good and deserves a visit.

Casablanca restaurant


If you love shopping and have the inherent bargaining abilities a shopaholic must have, shopping in Casablanca is an experience worth having. Street shopping across the city and the suburban areas give you a lot of options for shopping. You however need to be careful and should have an eye for details to avoid getting imitations of products like carpets. If you must, get mementoes like ornate tagine cooking dishes, handmade jewellery, embroidered clothing etc.

shopping paradise CasablancaIf you do not want to get into the hassle of bargaining, stores like the Exposition Nationale d’Artisanat, Alpha 55 are places you could go shopping to.

While shops are open around 9 in the morning till about 7 in the evenings. However, during festive occasions like Ramadan, food stores are open till late at night.

Even though the luxury activities like shopping and clubbing are modest in Casablanca, they are not disappointing if you are ready to try and explore a bit.

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