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26 November 2017

A Mini Marrakech Guide



WHERE TO STAY

El Fenn

Having stopped by on our last trip to Marrakech, my mum and I decided this would be the perfect spot for some R&R - and boy, were we right. This riad is one of the most beautiful I've seen, with gorgeous courtyards and rooms. It isn't the most inexpensive choice, but it's not unreasonable and the staff are always smiling and ready to help. They also have a lovely little spa, and several pools to discover. Every room has a log fire for the cooler nights, and the whole place just feels like home. El Fenn is inside the medina, and incredibly close to the souks if shopping is your goal.


Beldi Country Club

This is where we stayed last time we were here, and if you want to stay out of the madness of the souks it's a great option. Beldi is around fifteen minutes from the medina by car, and it feels almost like you're out in the desert. The rose gardens, courtyards and multiple pools are fantastic for an almost-city escape.

Riad Be or Riad Yasmin

I haven't stayed at either of these personally, but I know they're more affordable (and equally beautiful) options inside of the medina.

La Mamounia

Again, I've not stayed here but I have visited a couple of times. This is the Plaza of Marrakech, so if you're really looking to treat yourself then this is the place to do it. This hotel is also home to that white pool spa that is all up on your Instagram feed. Either way, it's worth stopping by here for a drink in the evening,



WHERE TO EAT

Cafe Arabe

One of my favourite rooftops in the city! They do a fantastic selection of French and Moroccan options, with a killer mojito. located right next to the souks, this place is perfect for a mid-shopping lunch break and has great views out over the city. 

Riad Jardin Secret

If you're into vegetarian dishes, or rooftop swings, or even just lots of pink, then this is the place for you. You have to reserve, so email a couple days in advance. They serve an amazing three course set menu, all of which feels healthy and vegetarian. The food is amazing, and you can have a go on their famous rooftop swing after you're all full up. They also have two adorable doggos that hang around.




Hotel Les Jardins De La Koutoubia

If it's Indian food your after, the rooftop restaurant at this hotel is your answer. With amazing views, and some of the best Indian food I've ever had, this place is definitely worth a stop. It's located by the main square next to the souks, so is a handy location if you're on your way in or out of town,



Comptoir

A little dinner recommendation - this cosy venue serves some of the best tagine I've ever had, and you can stick around to watch the belly dancing for free too.

El Fenn

El Fenn also has a lovely rooftop restaurant for lunches, and a small dinner restaurant inside their boutique store - both of which serve lovely food.



WHAT TO DO

YSL Museum

A classic, but definitely not one to miss. This museum is breathtaking, and an easy way to spend an afternoon walking around the bright blue gardens. 

Stay in the Atlas Mountains

Many hotels will happily arrange for you to spend some time in either the desert, or at the foot of the mountains for a night or two. I've never managed to make it out, but after hearing some guests at our hotel last time raving about it, I think this is definitely something to explore.

Explore the souks

Finally, shopping! I love the souks. While shop owners will ask you to visit, and maybe even flirt with you a little, they're never intimidating and they know when stop asking which makes the whole experience much less stressful than you'd expect. You can get a gorgeous selection of bags, sandals, plates, rugs and blankets here and I cannot reccomend bringing an empty suitcase enough. Always half their initial offer, and work from there when you're haggling - there are some amazing deals to be had. Also, don't worry about getting lost - you will, but there are handy signs directing you back to the main square located around the alleys and locals don't expect anything in return if you ask them where the square is.

I hope this has been helpful, and do let me know if you try any of these places when you visit!


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