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Cafe el Hafa, Marshan, Tangier, Morocco.

Worthy of investigation on a dry sunny day......

30 °C

This surviving relic of the notorious "Interzone" decades was established in 1921, carved out of the rocky slope on the plateau of Hafa in the upmarket Marshan district it features several plantation terraces with seating and tables, there is a restaurant on site with roof cover, but on my last two visits I've yet to see any culinary masterpieces emerging, even ordering a coffee was problematic as the cooker was broken. Nevertheless the cafe offers a spectacular view of the new ferry port and on a clear day with no low cloud the distant outline of the Spanish coast.

Part of the cafe's fame is its history of patrons such as the Rolling Stones, and 1950's beatnik poets and writers who lived in the Villa Muniria, Rue Magellan, nowadays most visitors seem to be students and perhaps expatriate Europeans. The cafe is accessed off Avenue Hadj Mohammed Tazi after exiting the Kasbah through the main gate at Place du Tabor, a signpost on the main road points to the right and down an alleyway leads to the front door of the cafe. A notice in French greets the visitor " la drogue est interdit" ....loosely translated means "smoking local weed is not allowed" .....but after a brief look around the terraces it seems to be universally ignored!

One pleasant surprise in this upmarket Marshan suburb is the absence of any hustlers or touts, the heavily-guarded king's palace is just along the main road and off limits to tourists.....

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Posted by Bennytheball 08:53 Archived in Morocco Tagged cafes tangier

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