Most of the souvenirs on offer in the Marrakech Souks are produced locally, often just a short walk from the shops where they are sold. Don’t be shy about asking for a special size or design, they can usually be produced to order amazingly quickly.
Marrakchi artisan Azdine supports his young family by making ‘treasure boxes’ of all sizes using wood, ‘maichault’ pressed metal and coloured pieces of bone. His workshop is in the Fondouk Almelak near to the Chrob Chauf fountain in Central Marrakech.
Qu` elle est jolie is a folk group usually to be found playing in the Jemma al Fnaa square opposite to the landmark Cafe France. Their best known song of the same name switches between Spanish, Berber, French and the Darija Moroccan dialect.
The group was established in the early 1980s, and today usually comprises four or five musicians. They remain a favourite act in the busy Jemma Al Fnaa- not to be missed! and just ten minutes leisurely walk from your luxury Riad hotel.
The Marrakech street ‘traffic’ whizzes by as young plaster carver Yussef works on a piece in his boutique in the Souk Sidi Isshak near to the Ben Yussef Medersa in central Marrakech just around the corner from Riad Cinnamon.
Youssef is a 17 years old, since he left school he has been learning this craft from his father a master plaster worker or ‘mellem gubs’.
We are delighted to have discovered ‘Hanout’ a newly opened ladies designer clothes shop in the Marrakech souks. It is modestly named, literally hanout means ‘the shop’ in Darija Moroccan arabic, but the designer clothing on offer is world class.
Collections include Indian inspired pieces from Anaya in London and other select designer clothes, hand bags and jewelry. Centre stage is the work of Hanout’s owner, Marrakech based designer Meriem Rawlings. Meriem is a Moroccan national who returned to her home country to work after studying at the International School of fashion in Amsterdam and Central St Martins in London.
At the time of writing in December 2011 Meriems’s designs on display at Hanout include a stunning range of beautiful kaftans, tunics, trousers all cut in silk fabrics and hand embroided – along with unique one–off pieces. These have been sold at Selfridges, featured in several magazines such as Sharq and Now, and have been worn on tour and featured in an album photo-shoot by singer / songwriter Natasha Atlas.
Hanout is located in the well known Souk Cherifa under the Terrasse des Espices just a few minutes walk from Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon. It is open every day except Tuesday from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm. .
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The fourth Marrakech Biennale will take place between 29th February and 4th March 2012. Visual Arts Exhibitions will remain open until 3rd June.
The main Exhibition entitled ‘Higher Atlas’ will be located in the sixteenth century Al Badi Palace. The full programme of events including Film, Literature and Music will be announced nearer the time. The Biennale is Trilingual, Arabic/French/English and has a successful partnership with the British Moroccan Society.
Riad Cinnamon and Riad Papillon are located in the heart of the Marrakech Medina, ideally placed for the Marrakech Biennale and associated events. We will be supporting the biennale by providing accommodation for a visiting artist. At the moment we have good availability of rooms, don’t hesitate to make contact! We can usually hold accommodation for 24 hours while you book flights.
January is a fantastic time to visit Marrakech to escape the mid winter weather in the UK and continental Europe. Fly three hours South to Magical Marrakech which sits on the same latitude as the Canary Islands. Whats more the budget airlines have some fabulous deals on January flights, for example at the time of writing (9 November 2011) Ryanair are offering Luton to Marrakech return (out sunday 8th January back sunday 15th January 2112) at just £63.98 per person including all taxes
All internet bookings for our Marrakech Riads benefit from a 20% discount. We are pleased to offer our first ever JANUARY SALE! with a FURTHER 20% discount for stays between the nights of 5th and the 30th of January 2012.
Enjoy the fabulous Meknes or Casablanca suites at just £115 per night (normally £180). Luxuriate in the Fez, Essaouira or Chefchaouen suites at only £89 per night (normally £140). Or take advantage of a spectacular bargain break in a luxury room at Riad Papillon for just £64 per night (normally £100). These rates are offered on a first come, first served basis, don’t delay make contact today.
We wish you all a Happy Eid al Adha, November 7th 2011.
Eid al Adha, is celebrated on the 10th day of the last month of the lunar islamic calendar approximately 70 days after the end of ramadan.
What better way to indulge yourself in scorching Marrakech than a delicious ice cream. Our favourite place for ice cream is located on the Avenue Mohamed V in the new town of Guiliez. Gelati Dino offers authentic Italian ice cream in luxurious air conditioned surroundings. It is one of THE places for affluent cool (no pun intended) young Moroccans to hang out but is relatively undiscovered by tourists.