Restaurant Numéro 7 — Fez, Morocco
At risk of being eclipsed by Marrakech, Fez is a well-preserved medieval gem not to be missed. Tucked away on a dead end in the heart of the Medina lies Numéro 7, the restaurant adjoining the guesthouse Riad Numéro 9. This is where American-born Stephen di Renza and French chef Bruno Ussel have realised their vision of merging traditional and contemporary Fez. Di Renza, onetime creative director of Dunhill and Bergdorf Goodman in Paris, has restored the bones of this capacious villa and decorated it with graphic, monochrome tiles and large-scale photography by artists Keiichi Tahara and Maïmouna Patrizia Guerresi. Ussel sources the freshest produce from local markets for the creation of his light dishes, which give Pan-Mediterranean cuisine a Moroccan twist.