The Terraces d’Alhambra is an excellent cafe in which to relax and ‘people watch’ located in the North West corner of the Jemma al Fnaa square opposite to Cafe France. There are several levels with views over the ever changing square, and the interior is properly air conditioned offering by far the Jemaa al Fnaa’s coolest escape from the heat of the Marrakech summer.
The smoothies and fruit juice menu is a real treat, our favourite is the Mehdi cocktail with fresh summer fruits and sorbet, great value at around three euros.
Riad Cinnamon has a very special atmosphere, straight out of the thousand and one ‘Arabian Nights’. We have paid special attention to lighting with features like these hand made lamps to illuminate the stairs.
The Marrakchi is a well known and well loved restaurant situated next to Cafe France on the North West corner of the main Jemma al Fnaa square in Marrakech. We particularly like Marrakchi at night, ask for a window table, the view down to the square is stunning. The menu includes a variety of traditional Moroccan dishes and wine is usually available with your meal. On most nights guests are entertained by Cabaret dancers who will be more than willing to let you join in. The show normally starts a little after nine. This restaurant is averagely priced compared to restaurants of a similar standard and you should expect to spend around 30 Euros per person.
Cafe France is a Marrakech institution, located at the north west corner of the Jemaa al Fnaa it has been a meeting place and watering hole for Europeans since the days of the French Protectorate in Morocco. It was redecorated at the end of 2009 and inconveniently for the new visitor the Cafe France sign was not repainted over the front. Despite this Cafe France can’t be classified as a well kept secret! This is an excellent place for people watching and provides a comfortable shady spot to while away summer afternoons.
The building is rumoured to have been sold recently with a scandalous suggestion that it may reopen as a McDonalds restaurant. Surely this would not be allowed in the historic Jemaa al Fnaa which is a UNESCO world heritage site?
What better base could you have to explore the historic medina of Marrakech than one of our boutique Riad Hotels? Marrakech Riad Cinnamon is located near to the Marrakech Museum, Marrakech Riad Papillon is near to the Palace at Dar El Bashah. Reserve accommodation today
A Douiria or ‘little house’ is a separate space within a traditional Riad. The Douiria was traditionally used as a quiet space by the head of the household. In some cases the Douiria is in separate ownership, for example sometimes Riads are split as they are passed down through the generations.
The Casablanca Suite at Marrakech Riad Cinnamon is a classic Douiria accessed through a discrete staircase from the main patio. Our Marrakech Riads offer a fantastic base to explore the historic Medina a world heritage site. Reserve Accommodation today!
Much of what is now the Kingdom of Morocco (‘Maroc’) was a French protectorate from 1912 to 1956. The French influence remains very strong and it was the French who started the current wave of gentrification in the Red City. Tradional Marrakech Riads lend themselves beautifully to conversion to boutique hotels like our new Riad Cinnamon,
Street vendors are very often selling the produce of their own smallholdings. They arrive in the city in the mid morning and set up simple stalls on the narrow streets of the Medina.
A pleasant venue open from lunch into the evening the Terrace des Epices is located on top of the Souk Cherifa on the well known Dar El Bashah street just five minutes from Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon. There is usually a doorman at the entrance to the Souk to guide guests to the staircase up two floors to the terrace. Alcohol is not available.
Our luxurious Riads provide the perfect base to explore the fascinating old town Medina of Marrakech.
This restaurant is in the same ownership as the Cafe des Epices in the Rahba Kedima square.