Guide to Marrakech


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Guide to Marrakech Morocco

The second you step foot within the walls of Marrakech’s medina, you get the feeling that you are very lost. Not necessarily the I-can’t-find-my-way lost, but an exhilarating lost, like you are about to discover something totally new and exciting at any given turn. Its part due to the maze-like urban fabric, to the utter chaos of motorbikes whizzing past and shop vendors yelling at you from every direction. The combination of all this and more inexplicable things (you have to just SEE it for yourself), lend you to lose all sense of direction, both literally and figuratively.

One thing I definitely recommend above all else to do in Marrakech is just wandering within the walls. Go down streets that seem lively or interesting, take turn after turn, and just get lost.

When you are ready to eat, see, and do the very best that Marrakech has to offer though, then here is your ultimate guide to Marrakech ‘s Must-Do’s. Everything is pinned on a downloadable Google Map here:

>  MAP OF MARRAKECH MUST DO’S  <

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EAT

Dinner in Jemaa El Fnaa SquareThe epicentre of the medina is the heart of all the action, with every major street running outward from it. By day it’s a thoroughfare, but as dusk settles the square comes alive. Food stalls set up shop in the middle, cooking everything from pigeon pie, sizzling meat skewers alongside Moroccan pita, to tasty soups served in communal bowls. The outer ring is packed with snake charmers louring cobras with flutes, woman coercing passersby into getting henna tattoos, and groups huddled around story tellers listening to their fables. It’s an experience like no other and one not to be missed! I suggest eating at Stall #1, then tracking down the soup stall at the opposite end, and finishing it all off with some mint tea and grabbing some sweets from one of the dessert cars being wheeled around.

Tea at the Royal MansourThe world’s best hotel is located here in Marrakech, and few get to venture inside. If you’re feeling brave, simply walk in and tell the concierge or doormen that you’re there for a drink. Then perch yourself in the main lobby courtyard and people watch. You could spot some celebrities and even royalty, or at the very least, some very powerful businessmen. Drinking mint tea is religion here, and what better place to enjoy it than the lavish surroundings of the Royal Mansour?

Royal MansourTea at the Royal Mansour Hotel

 

Lunch at La Famille. If you find yourself deep within the medina and are looking to get a break from it, then pop into this sanctuary for delicious homemade modern food, washed down with their mint iced tea.

Above two: La Famille Restaurant

 

Dinner (and Drinks!) at NomadThis restaurant & bar is the hippest address in town. Enjoy an early dinner on their rooftop terrace and treat yourself to some very hard to come by cocktails.

Nomad Restaurant Marrakech

Moroccan Tagine

Nomad MarrakechAbove three: (1) Nomad Restaurant Interior; (2) Nomad Food; (3) Nomad Rooftop

 

Dinner at Le JardinAnother great alternative for an evening meal, this restaurant is a lush oasis, and also very popular with the young crowd. The moment you walk in from the souk streets, you’re overcome with the beautiful scent of orange flower, which I loved so much I hunted it down to bring home as soon as we left the restaurant.

Drinks at El FennThis Riad hotel is my very favourite. It should come as no surprise it’s the lovechild of Richard Branson’s sister, art collector Vanessa & her husband. Behind the entrance’s large black lacquered doors, everything is done impeccably while still maintaining a whimsical element of surprise. Ask to have drinks on the rooftop, the perfect time being watching the sunset over the medina.

El Fenn RooftopDrinks on El Fenn’s Rooftop.

SEE

The exhibits at Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech. In addition to the superb photography collection, the museum also boasts one of the best rooftop terraces with panoramic views over the city.

 

The mosaic walls of Medersa Ben Youssef. As far as Moorish architecture goes, this medersa-cum-museum has it all, from the zellij (mosaic) walls, carved wooden windows, the stucco archways, to the impressive central courtyard in rich ochre hues. 

Medersa Ben YoussefAbove: The Medersa Ben Youssef tiled courtyard.

 

Le Jardin Secret. Recently opened to the public, this garden lies in the heart of the medina and is a much welcomed break from the streets and souks. The water spring is particularly beautiful, and there is also the Café Sahrij for refreshments. 

The open-air courtyard of Palais de la Bahia. Another must-see museum.

Palais de la Bahia Marrakech

Palais de la Bahia

DO

Stay at a Riad, a traditional Moroccan house. The medina is filled with riads that have been converted to hotels, all featuring unique central courtyard gardens. Riads are all quite hidden, and as soon as you open their doors you are transported into a sanctuary contrasting the chaos of the streets beyond. Stepping inside of one to discover its seemingly secret interior is my very favourite part of Morocco. If possible, I’d recommend staying at more than one to get a varied experience, as each one is so unique in it’s own right. Here is my Riad Guide to Marrakech:


WHERE TO STAY IN MARRAKECH


Angsana Riad Marrakech

Moroccan Riad

 

Walk through Jardin Majorelle. The private gardens of designer Yves Saint Laurent made public are just about the best thing to ever happen to architecture meeting fashion. From the over-saturated art deco residence building to the impressive fauna collection, walking through Jardin Majorelle is a psychedelic jungle wonderland, and is absolute must-see.
Jardin Majorelle Marrakech

Jardin Majorelle

 

Relax at the Spa at La Mamounia Hotel. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage and mud bath treatment, or simply purchase the spa day pass, and enjoy the indoor pool facilities, which are way too Instagram-worthy.

La Mamounia Pool

 

Shop at the Souks. Put your haggling skills to the test, and scoop up traditional textiles like white beaded Moroccan Wedding blankets, embroided pillowcases, leather slippers, and if it can fit in your suitcase – brass Bedouin lamps.

Marrakech

Moroccan Pillows

 

For everything in this article pinned on one easy & convenient map, add this Guide to Marrakech to your Google Maps:

>  MAP OF MARRAKECH MUST DO’S  <

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