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Where to Eat and Drink in Marrakech

July 20, 2017

As promised, here’s my guide on the Marrakech restaurant and bar scene. Where to eat, drink and a few extra tips and tricks! Enjoy!

 

EAT

There are a bunch of good restaurants around town, but licences to serve alcohol are limited, especially in the Medina, which could be a good thing to bear in mind. Check that out in advance so you won't get disappointed if you cannot get a glass of red wine to your lamb stew. 

 

 

AL FASSIA 

Address: 55 Boulevard Mohamed Zerktouni
Web: http://www.alfassia.com/

One of the best restaurants in the city is situated outside of the Medina in what's called the new town Gueliz. Al Fassia is run by an all-female watier crew that serves traditional Moroccan cuisine with a modern twist. 

 

 

NOMAD 

Address: 1 Derb Aarjane
Web: https://nomadmarrakech.com/

What used to be an old 4 story carpet store turned into a modern and trendy restaurant in the heart of the Medina. This is also one of the few restaurants where you are able to get well made vegetarian alternatives as well. Beautifully located in the heart of the Medina. Book in advance to get a good spot at their rooftop restaurant before the dark. 

 

 

LA FERME MEDINA

Address: 236 Riad Laarrouse, Medina
Web: http://www.lafermemedina.com/

La ferme medina is yet another boutique hotel with a beautiful garden bar and restaurant that’s well worth a visit.
 

 

LE JARDIN

Address: 32 Souk Jeld Sidi Abdelaziz
Web: https://lejardinmarrakech.com/

A beautifully renovated 16th century building in the middle of the ancient labyrinthine streets of the Medina. A beautiful little oasis with a lush garden and a rooftop terrance with multicolored tiles. 
 

 

PEPE NERO

Address: 17, Derb Cherkaoui – Douar Graoua Marrakech 
Web: http://www.pepenero-marrakech.com/

Italian/Moroccan food in a beautiful setting in an old Riad garden.

 

DRINK

The fact that it can be difficult to get a hold of alcohol in many places sort of gives the Marrakech nightlife a speak-easy feel with discreet terraces and hidden away courtyards. 

KOSYBAR

Address: Place des Ferblantiers، Rue de Berrima،
​Web: http://www.kosybar.com/

Kosybar rooftop bar and restaurant where you can get Moroccan wine, admire the sunset, watch storks in their nests and get a great view over the Koutoubia.



 

RIAD EL FENN

Address: Derb Moulay Abdullah Ben Hezzian, 2
Web: https://el-fenn.com/

I wrote about El Fenn in my Marrakech Boutique Hotel Guide, but it made it also to the food & drink guide. Make a reservation for 7:30 in the rooftop bar and watch the sun set over the desert.


 

LE COMPTOIRE

Address: Avenue Echouhada
Web: http://www.comptoirmarrakech.com/

Beautiful bar housed in a decadent Art Noveau villa. Make sure to be here before 21 to get to see the belly dancers perform.


 

ACIMA & MARJANE

Acima & Marjane are the names of two Supermarket chains in Marrakech where they also sell liquor. They are located at a few places in the city outside of the Medina. 
 

 

OTHER

JARDIN MAJORELLE - YSL GARDENS

Address: Rue Yves Saint Laurent، 
Web: http://jardinmajorelle.com/

This spectacular garden and house is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. A lot of tourists, but definitely worth it. Tips: go here just before closing around 5pm; the light is softer which makes the pictures better and most of the other tourists have already left so you get more to yourself.
 


 

RIAD YIMA

Address: 52 Derb Aajane Rahba Lakdima Medina
Web: http://www.riadyima.com/

Fun and quirky little shop in the Medina close to Riad Dar Kawa and Nomad restaurant.
 

 

ROYAL MANSOUR

Address: Rue Abou Abbas el sebti، 
Web: http://www.royalmansour.com/

Royal Mansour is year after year ranked as one of the most luxourious hotels in the world in various internatinal lists and rankings. If you want to experience this incredible decor, environment and feeling of the hotel without spending € 1000 – 5000 (yes, euros) per night, I would recommend you to do as we did: walk in and have a cocktail in the bar either inside or out by the pool.


 

CAFE KIF-KIF

Address: 28 rue koutoubia
Web: http://www.cafekifkif.com/

Best place to watch the prayers by the big Koutoubia Mosque. A 4 story cafe and restaurant serving traditional Moroccan cuisine at a good price. One cannot book in advance, so come early to get a seat at the top floor terrace.  
 

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July 4, 2017

 

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A Marrakech Boutique Hotel Guide

July 2, 2017

 

Marrakech, is full of exciting places to visit, so much beautiful architecture, colors and foods. However it is not always that easy to find all the golden highlights in the spider web of narrow streets around town. I will therefore put together a few guides for you with my favorite spots; where to stay, eat and drink and what do do in this lovely rose city. First out is my Marrakech Hotel Guide:

 


RIAD 72 

Address: 72 Arset Azwel Bab Doukkala
Web: http://riad72.com/

Lovely little boutique hotel in a classic Riad setting in the Medina. 

 

RIAD JARDIN SECRET

Address: 43- 46 Arset Aouzal
Web: http://riadjardinsecret.com/

Just around the corner from Riad 72 is the amazing Riad Jardin Secret which I would recommend everyone to try to book for at least one night just to see it.. It's run by a french couple Cyrielle and Julien. Very personal service and an intimate experience if you manage to get a hold of one of their 6 (!) rooms. 
 


 

Cyrielle being a photographer, ex model and vegan, trying to incorporate veganism into Moroccan cooking, searching the city for organic fruits and veggies and hosting cooking classes for hotel guests and specially invited. Julien, a former Art Director in Paris running the Riad together with Cyrielle.

 

Such an amazing experience to visit their Riad and hear about their thoughts on architecture, restoration, honoring the history of the building, the culture and how it is coming from abroad running a business in Marrakech. 

 

 

RIAD EL FENN

Address: Derb Moulay Abdullah Ben Hezzian, 2
Web: https://el-fenn.com/

Beautiful old classic Riad. Stay here or make a reservation for dinner and drinks. Do not miss!
 

 

RIAD BE

Address: Derb Sidi Lahcen O Ali
Web: http://www.be-marrakech.com/

Modern picturesque Riad with a swimming pool instead of the classical setting with the garden. Good food to be enjoyed on their rooftop terrace.

 


RIAD DAR KAWA

Address: Derb El Ouali N°18
Web: http://www.darkawa.net/

Another beautiful tiny little Riad hidden on a back street of the Medina. Hidden gem!

 

 

RIAD YASMINE

Address: 209 rue Ank Jemel، Bab Taghzout
Web: http://riad-yasmine.com/

Medium sized Riad, wonderful decor and high class service. As one of the more 'instafamous' Riads in Marrakech, it can be quite difficult to get a room here and the prices are higher than average. Book well in advance!  
 

 

More guides on where to eat and drink will come in the upcoming days! In the meantime check out my previous Marrakech blogposts below.

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Marrakech S/S 17

June 19, 2017

We went on a short but sweet trip to Marrakech, Morocco to check out all the fantastic architecture, foods and craftmanship that’s oh-so-fashionable at the moment, seeing morroccan-arabic tendencies in Acne Studios and Celine S/S17 collections to name a few. We spent most of our time in the Medina with its many narrow road, multicolored walls, and salesmen with goat leather shoes and rugs and straw bags.

 

 

There are barely any signs, rather if you are going somewhere, you need to know where it is, or have it marked on a map and be attentive to keep track of the little strange roads and try not to end up where you started or in a blind alley. What’s most charming about it is that all of a sudden you walk through a wooden door and enter a little paradise that you would never have expected from the outside. 

 

 

The Medina is full of Riads that look like little Palaces with the most beautiful mosaic tiled floors, walls and ceilings. The word Riad comes from the Arabian term for garden, which it’s basically all about. A traditional Riad has two or more storeys around an interior garden and courtyard, often with banana and orange trees and a little fountain. These used to be homes to the wealthier Moroccan citizens, but as tourism increases each year, many of them are turning into hotels and are thus accessible for international visitors.

 

 

We stayed at Riad 72 (http://riad72.com/) in the Medina, such a lovely place. Beautiful, clean and the most adorable staff patiently answering all my stupid questions and requests. Pictures above and below are from our stay here.

 

 

 Comfy beds, pretty bathroom and hey look at this little private terrace and outdoor shower. 

 

 

We spent our days walking walking walking, in circles I am sure, constantly getting lost in a spider web of narrow roads. But that was OK. So much to look at. We had a lot of coffee, morroccan lamb & veggie stews and hung out in the sun. April/May is really a good time to go, before it gets too hot in the summer months. We had around 30 degrees C during daytime, and it could actually get a bit chilly at night. 

 

 

There are plenty of beautiful Riads and hotels both in and outside of the Medina. Regardless if you want a chill sun-and-swim vacation or want to explore the city to the fullest: A first-timer in Marrakech should definitely stay at least one night in the Medina. I will post a full Marrakech guide soon with places to stay, what to do and how to spot the most astonishing architecture in the city. 

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Hi! I am Stella, a true traveler from Sweden! In addition to traveling, I also love music, beautiful things, my boyfriend Gustav and the food he always makes me. And serendipity… such as winning a million EuroBonus points with SAS, like I actually did last year, which enables me to travel around the world. Follow me on my journey!