PLACES TO VISIT
The greatest show on earth, hits the Unesco-designated Djemaa el-Fna at a frenetic daily pace. It draws the crowds for storytelling, astrology, snake charming, and acrobatics. Chefs set up shop at sunset, so take a a deep breath and dive in between locals at the trestle tables for succulent kebabs and street food.
Nowhere is Marrakech’s medieval-modern vibe more evident than in this centuries-old shopping mall. Wonder around at leisure and don't be too shy to haggle or say no!
Ali Ben Youssef Medersa
Once the largest Islamic study centre in North Africa, the 14th-century Ali ben Youssef Quranic school is masterpiece of Hispano-Moresque architecture.
Even though it is located only meters away from the hustle an bustle of Djemma el-Fna, one look at the magical minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque at sunset, standing tall amidst all the commotion, suddenly makes everything move in slow motion.
Originally the home of acclaimed landscape painter Jacques Majorelle, this Ville Nouvelle villa with its cobalt-blue exterior and delightful garden full of rare desert flora is one of Morocco’s most visited sites. Subsequent owners Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Bergé, took over the gardens in the1960s. Now you can visit the inspiring garden, as well as the exceptional Berber Museum housed in the villa. The Yves Saint Laurent museum will be opening Autumn 2017.
Take a short ride by horse-drawn carriage from Djemaa el-Fna to the Menara Gardens. They are located towards the west of the City, at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. The lake is surrounded by fruit orchards and olive groves. Its a great way to escape the city for an hour or two.
A visit to Marrakech is not complete without a traditional Hammam. In the steam-filled interior of the bath house, they will coat you with savon noir (black soap made with olives) before scrubbing off layers of dead skin followed by a soothing mud mask.
mamounia.com +212 524 38 86 00
Maison de la Photographie
This gallery displays exhibits from a collection of 8,000 photographs spanning the period from 1870-1950. The museum’s top terrace is perfect for a post-picture visit drink or light lunch.
The Aladin cave of all Aladin caves. Be prepared to spend a good few hours going through the different floors of this amazing place which is hidden behind unmarked doors in the heart of the medina. It is home to everything from lights to carpets to art to cushions.
mustaphablaoui.com +212 524 38 52 40
A beautiful water park set amongst lush gardens, is only 10 minutes down the road. It has pretty much everything you need to cool down for a few hours with children. Highly recommend it.
oasiria.com +212 524 38 04 38
PLACES TO EAT
For traditional Moroccan gastronomic couisine, there is only one place to go. Yacoute is really an institution and apart from the delicious food, the beautiful surroundings and showmanship of the staff make the evening truly memorable.
daryacout.com +212 524 38 29 29
Beldi Country Club
Just a 10 minute away, the Beldi Country Club welcomes you with the fragrant scent of over 15,000 roses in this eco-chic paradise, which encompasses two pools, a spa, hammam, tennis court and an endless round of children’s games and activities. Lunch by the pool is a must!
beldicountryclub.com +212 524 38 39 50
Few minutes after the Beldi Country Club is this lovely restaurant that is both elegant and comfortable. The food is wonderful every time and the garden is a paradise for kids.
lapaillote.ma +212 663 87 96 05
For classic traditional Moroccan menus of salads, tagines and pastilla, make room for the feasts at female-run restaurant.
alfassia.com +212 524 44 40 52
In the heart of the Medina, this beautiful hotel is owned by Vanessa Branson and its where the in-crowd of Marrakech hangs out. The roof top restaurant with its breathtaking views of the Koutoubia is an absolute must. Don't miss the boutique downstairs, they have some amazing pieces.
el-fenn.com +212 524 44 1210
Cafe des Epices
This hip cafe is located in the heart of the souk so is a perfect place to stop for a light bite and mint tea.
cafedesepices.ma +212 524 39 17 70
Another hip and happening cafe in the middle of the souk, has outstanding views.
nomadmarrakech.com +212 524 38 16 09
Because sometimes only a pizza will do……This place has really good wood oven baked pizza. Its located in Gueliz quarter of Marrakech where there are plenty of boutiques and bars to see.
+212 615 71 87 14