Hearty Vegan Finds in Rabat

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While reviewing the experiences of vegan travelers in Morocco, I noticed that many of the meals they shared didn’t look very filling.  A colorful vegetable tangine over couscous or fresh baked breads with olives are tasty and meat-free but not very satisfying for us.  Some bloggers mentioned eating protein bars at the end of the day to round out what their meals lacked. It is true that a stash of almonds would do a vegan traveler well here in Morocco, especially outside of big cities, but we’ll document the hearty, plant-based meals we find along the way.

Istanbul Express in Agdal, across from Badr Mosque

This is a basic Turkish diner with a few vegan staples like lentil soup, hummus, baba ghanoush (eggplant dip), salads, and fresh-baked bread.Syrian/Lebanese Food

Al Shami and Yamal Sham near Bab el Had Tram Station, Rabat Medina

On opposite sides of the Tram station you’ll find these two Syrian/Lebanese restaurants.  Yamal Sham has better ambiance and décor but the findings in both are comparable in quality and price.

Aesthetic hummus

Al Fanous, 107 Avenue Allal Ben Abdellah, near Rabat Ville Train Station

Similar to the abovementioned, this restaurant serves salads, hummus, foul moudammas, falafel, etc.  It’s the only place I know to eat near the train station (up the road pass McDonald’s).Al Fanous

Le Mandarin (Vietnamese Restaurant) at 100 Abdel Karim al-Khataabi Street, el Mohite

This restaurant feels out of place on this busy road, down the road from Mosque Shuhadaa.  Most often the shutters are down because the very limited dining hours are from 12noon to 2pm and 8pm- 11pm, every day except Wednesday when they’re closed.  They have several tofu dishes with noodles and vegetables, all of which are reasonably priced.  The flavors didn’t really impress us but we’re not big fans of Vietnamese cuisine to begin with.DSCF8484

L’Ocean Pharmacy, Abdel Karim al-Khataabi Street, el Mohite

A few blocks away from Le Mandarin, this pharmacy has a small organic section where you can find quinoa, goji berries, muesli, raw vegan bars, etc.

Gluten-Free Supermarket near Dar Naji Moroccan Restaurant on Jazire Arabe Street

This store is actually unmarked but has a banner inside that reads “Sans Gluten”.  Inside, you’ll find organic and gluten-free products like soy milk, almond milk, peanut butter, cereals, corn and rice couscous, etc.  Their vegan milk and cereal variety is better than the larger supermarket Carrefour, near Bab el Had Train Station.

If you find other vegan-friendly eateries, please add them to the comments.  Thanks!

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4 thoughts on “Hearty Vegan Finds in Rabat

  1. Thanks for the tips. I heard that there’s a Japanese man who sells tofu outside the Japanese embassy once a week; it seems worth looking into…

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