Casablanca – a hotspot for Morocco's youth

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Casablanca – a hotspot for Morocco's youth

A city of relaxation and culture, Casablanca is teeming with places of encounter and celebration – restaurants, bars and art galleries where the Kingdom's young urbanites love to hang out.

Casablanca – a hotspot for Morocco's youth

Cocktails on the roof at Sky 28

The name Sky 28 wonderfully evokes the view over the whole of the White City and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. On the top floor of one of the Twin Centre's two white towers, you will find the lounge bar of the Kenzi Tower Hotel. It has a stunning location in the famous, trendy district of Maârif, so go up in the world and sample one of the bar's cocktails, with or without alcohol. From its lounge, the sunset is simply spectacular. Choose a sofa next to the large picture windows for front-row views. Later, the panorama reveals a stunning glittering show as the city sets ablaze at your feet with a thousand lights. For a bit of refreshment to accompany the views, the menu offers a surprising Mojito Diablo with tequila, crème de cassis and mint leaves. The bar has even lent its name to an amaretto cocktail… a must for anyone who loves the taste of bitter almond!

Sky 28
Kenzi Tower Hotel
Boulevard Mohamed Zerktouni
Casablanca 20100
Morocco
+212 5229-78000
www.facebook.com/sky28tower/

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Casablanca – a hotspot for Morocco's youth

Ocean-front tranquillity at Le Cabestan

Visiting Le Cabestan on the Casablanca corniche is an absolute must. It has to be said that there are spectacular views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Hassan II mosque on the other. You get a welcome gust of sea air amidst the heat of the city, especially in summer months. It offers a peaceful break far from the commotion of Casablanca. The outdoor lounge is arranged around the bar in several seating areas with big, comfy sofas. Work colleagues meet here for after-work time-out in the open air, while friends come for drinks and nibbles or just a cocktail. You will love the fabulous views out to sea! The atmosphere in this stylish joint is decidedly relaxed. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, you can party on until four in the morning at Le Cabestan's night club. Night owls kick up their heels and have fun with the ocean as the backdrop.

Le Cabestan
Phare d'El Hank
90 boulevard de la Corniche
20000 Casablanca
Morocco
+212 522 39 11 90
www.le-cabestan.com

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Casablanca – a hotspot for Morocco's youth

Hip-hop vibe at Maison B

Located on the Aïn Diab corniche, Maison B is revered by all young Casablancans for its trendy dance floor. Hip music and live local bands are just the thing for partying late into the night. Before hitting the dance floor, the bar and terrace looking out to sea are the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail – with moderation – in modern surroundings with minimalist furnishings. When you want a breather between two tracks, there is a pleasant garden you can go to. A special mention should be given to the Urban Mardy evenings, headed up by resident or guest DJs, for a night of 100 % urban, hip-hop and R&B music. Maison B is all about having a good time… no wonder local youngsters rave about it.

Maison B
5 rue de la mer Adriatique
Casablanca
Morocco
+212 698-999442
maison-b.ma/

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Casablanca – a hotspot for Morocco's youth

Terrace and pâtisserie at GAPI Villa

Moroccan restaurateur and caterer GAPI set up shop in Casablanca 20 years ago. On the back of its success and great reputation, in 2015, it opened an eatery serving its own products. It is located in a building designed like a cake box with a ribbon wrapped around. In the daytime, young locals meet there to sample its sweet treats – some of the most famous in Casablanca. Visitors also appreciate its all-day opening. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or snacks can be taken either on the sunny terrace or in a room inside with contemporary decor. After six in the evening, you come to GAPI Villa for Peter's Lounge Bar, located on the first floor. Enjoy tapas, salads and gourmet snacks in friendly surroundings. This is also the place for football fans to come and watch big matches shown on two large screens.

GAPI Villa
86 boulevard Moulay Rachid
Casablanca
Morocco
+212 5 22 94 10 96
www.facebook.com/gapivilla/

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Casablanca – a hotspot for Morocco's youth

An arty affair at the Loft Art Gallery

Casablanca has its sights set on becoming the spearhead of contemporary Moroccan art, not just in the country itself, but beyond its borders as well. That is also the goal of Yasmine and Myriem Berrada. The two sisters and gallery owners are barely 30 years old and they already have ambitions to make the kingdom's established contemporary and modern artists household names around the world. In recent years, they have gained due recognition on the international scene, taking part in many events in major capitals around the world.

They set up the Loft Art Gallery in the heart of Casablanca's Golden Triangle in order to support promising talent. The place has exclusive exhibitions of naive artworks by Abdelkrim Ouazzani and eclectic collages by Khalid el Bekay. Knowledgeable amateurs or enlightened onlookers can be found there in a setting reminiscent of a New York loft to admire their work. Do not miss the chance to discover this fascinating universe.

Loft Art Gallery
13 rue El Kaïssi
Casablanca 20250
Morocco
+212 522 944 765
www.loftartgallery.net/

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Casablanca – a hotspot for Morocco's youth

Trendy garden at La Sqala's

Regulars of La Sqala know that its blue doors hide a treasure of Casablancan heritage which is now a temple of relaxation for local youngsters. The building, dating from the 18th century, is home to an outdoor restaurant specialising in Moroccan cuisine. You will love the freshness of the garden as much as its good-humoured staff. And you are not the only ones: Casablancans love this historic place which attracts a young and friendly crowd. People get together in its cheerful surroundings to share a delicious fish tajine with green peppers and olives. La Sqala regularly organises exhibitions and puts on concerts – a witness to the cultural vitality of Casablanca's young people.

La Sqala
Boulevard des Almohades
20250 Casablanca
Morocco
+212 522 26 09 60
www.restopro.ma/sqala/