Bars and cafés... To me they are at the center of social life but then again... I am Belgian ;-)
Often a bar or café is a place for people to come together, discuss, laugh and sometimes fall in love. Also in Casablanca.
Next doors I have a small café called Port Gentil where (let's be honest) mostly men gather each day to drink a coffee or tea and have "heated" discussions about football or are just there to read the newspaper shaded from the sun.
Just a 15 minute walk away in the direction of the Atlantic Ocean I can have a drink almost every ten meters; the Boulevard de La Corniche is a long strip along the shoreline where you can find one bar and/or restaurant after the other.
In the center of town you can pick from a selection of hip rooftop places or visit one of the "old school" bars like Le Titan or La Cigale (the latter is supposedly one of the oldest cafés in town - 1914).
So yes, cafés and bars are very much alive here in Casablanca.
What I like about it the most is the diversity of the scene. You could have a small (and strong) coffee in the morning in a popular quarter of town for about 15 dirham and down a large (and strong) Negroni at Rick's Café in the evening for about 100.
Every style and mood is present here; it's just up to you to discover and pick those you like.
Here are some of my favourite places after my first month in Casablanca:
- La Cigale - 10, Boulevard Brahim Roudani, Sidi Belyout
- Le Titan - 26, Avenue Hassan Seghir
- Rick's Café (and restaurant) - 248, Boulevard Sour Jdid
- Bistro Chique (and restaurant) - 8 rue Taha Hussein (ex Galilée)
For those who know me... The best Negroni I had till now was at Rick's.