Dar Habiba or Riad Papillon will be your home for a three night culture break.  Just ten minutes walk from the drama and chaos of the Jemaa al Fnaa Square you could hardly believe the oasis of calm provided by the Riad courtyard. Great Value at £199 (Euros 239) per person.

Explore the fabulous souks with a personal guide, visit monuments and museums, a real highlight will be the opportunity to see Marrakech form a horse and carriage.

The Culture Break includes:

*  Three nights sharing a double or twin bed Luxury Riad room with en suite shower.

*  Arrival and departure transfers from Marrakech Airport.

*  Delicious and healthy arrival evening dinner, suggested menu: seasonal moroccan salads;  lamb tagine; followed by fresh fruit.

*  Your room equipped with fine cotton sheets, towels and bathrobes, room safe, hairdryer, and airconditioning.

*  Fantastic Moroccan breakfasts served at the time of your choice.

*   Full use of the Riad facilities including the stunning roof terracelounge,  and traditional Riad Courtyard with dipping pool.

*  Complimentary Mint tea throughout your stay.

*  A morning walking tour with a registered Marrakech guide

*  A morning Tour by horse and carriage, following the ramparts of the walled mediaeval city with stops at palaces and gardens.

*  The loan of a local pay as you go phone for the duration of your stay (one per room).

*  The support of our Riad staff providing a complete concierge service.

Optional extras:

+  Extra night £40 (Euros 48) per person.

+  Add a one day private excursion (8 am to 7pm) to the charming fishing port of Essaouria £50 per person (Euros 60). Lunch not included.

Not included:

–  Flights

–   Travel Insurance

–  Other drinks and meals, items from the minibar etc.

Our Culture breaks are popular throughout the year, make contact today to secure your preferred travel dates.

Enjoy one of the best tasting menus in Marrakech in a relaxed atmosphere either in the spacious dining room or at a table by the pool.

Try the cous cous which is among the best in Morocco.

Visit Bennina shoes early in your stay and  you can leave with a pair of hand made shoes a bargain at just 400 dirham (about £32).  Three days in normally enough but be sure to check when you order.

A variety of modern styles are available all hand made from Moroccan leather and suede. Every pair is unique.

The Bennina shoes shop is located at 94 rue Dar El Bashah near to the well known Pashah’s Palace.

Keep It Secret!

Not such a well kept secret these days is the KIS boutique on Mouassine not far from the main square.  Clothes, accessories, bags, toiletries and household items from contemporary Moroccan and international designers.

There is a small Cafe on the roof terrace.

Among the traders in central medina district near the Sidi Abdelaziz shrine you will find English expat Jo from Essex and her wonderful boutique Rock the Casbah.

Bags scarves bracelets postcards and a variety of distinctive souvenirs. Look out for the donkey!

Some of the most amusing and remarkable characters in the Medina are the Taureg traders who offer tinkets and jewelry as well as art and antiquities.

One of our favourites is the charming Abdou (to the right) who will always offer a mint tea and smile, whether or not you buy from the shop on Riad Zitoun street.

Undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Marrakech. Located inside English owned Riad mk in the L’Ksour district of the Medina.  A fusion of Moroccan and modern french cuisine, five course tasting menu at 650 Dirhams.   Chef Omar visits each table at the end of the evening which is a nice touch.

Classic family owned restaurant, serving a wonderful multi- course Moroccan banquet. Go early and go hungry.

The ‘all inclusive’ format provides for an apperatif on the roof terrace then an evening of fabulous food and entertainment with wine included. You will love the gnawi musicians and belley dancers.  The tea ceremony at the end of the evening is another particular favourite.

Located opposite the well known Dar El Bashah Palace.

Il lomoni, or to give its full title, il giardino dei limoni,  the lemon garden was newly opened in 2013.  Classic Italian with the attentive owners usually on the premises.  The bohemian atmosphere is set with a Bob Dylan poster in the lobby and continues throughout.

Simple high quality food well presented and reasonably priced.  Try the ravioli limoni with a light lemon sauce. Desserts are also a speciality

Panoramic restaurant located just off the main Jema al Fnaa square, one of the classic Marrakech  ‘dinner and show’ venues.

Moroccan owned with a upscale traditional Moroccan menu, great atmosphere enlivened by a pianist and belly dancers.

Fabulous, Italian owned and run and without doubt one of the top restaurants in Marrakech.  Set in a spacious and beautifully designed Riad courtyard, perfect for any special occasion.

Gourmet food and outstanding service are the hallmarks of this restaurant.  Not surprisingly classic Italian dishes feature heavily on the menu, there are also Moroccan favourites and seasonal specials.


Kosy Bar is a Marrakech institution.  Unrivalled views from the two stunning roof terraces which overlook a lively square.  Glance across to the Storks nesting on the walls of the nearby ruined palace.  This is probably the best place in Marrakech for a ‘sundowner’ and an eternal favourite for a drink or a meal.

The menu includes Moroccan classics as well as international dishes including fabulous sushi.


Les Perles des princes is one of the best places in Marrakech from which to buy gold and silver jewelry. Conveniently located on L’avenue des princes, adjacent to the djema el fnaa square, you can find a small collection of shiny shops which sell rings, wedding bands, ear rings, bracelets and many more Moroccan and Berber jewels. It is also just a short walk from our traditional dar habiba. Even if you do not plan on buying gold or silver it may worth just going in, you never know what you may find.

Marrakech is a a city of great contrast, fantastic colours and unforgettable smells so make sure is next on your “must see destination” list and book you stay today!

Close to habiba on the way to pepe nero restaurant jamade boutique  is a great place from where to buy nice jewelry, handbags and many other small items, most of which would fit your hand luggage. Although it has  an European look, this cute little shop still have that Moroccan feel to it…but you can’t haggle here.

Mostapha blaoui owns and runs a traditional bazaar located behind an unmarked door in the dar el basha area few steps from the charity project henna cafe.

Here you can buy carpets, lamps, leather and art items, mostly manufactured within the local area. It is a great place especially if you are an inexperienced haggler or just want to get away from the beautiful madness of the Marrakech souks. You will not come out empty handed…


Several small vehicles lined up along the corners of the square each evening, they present a myriad of forms of traditional cakes and Moroccan sweets both home-made and the product of specialist bakeries.

Many of these cakes are holidays specialities and all are best accompanied by tea.  They contain sugars, spices, honey, chocolate, Sugar, Fruit and Other as well as flour, starches, almonds dry fruits and other nuts.

Famous varieties include: ‘Fakkas’ meaning hatcher, ‘Ghriba’ meaning strange, ‘keab ghzal’ meaning Gazelles horn.

A mixed assortment typically costs around 30 dirhams (around UK £2.50) and the quality is generally very high with the mobile stalls subject to food hygiene inspections.

The perfect dessert after your barbecue dinner!

Destination restaurant in the new town of Guiliez.  Serves both Moroccan and European food.  Distinctive decor, a favourite among expats in the know.

Magical atmosphere on busy evenings often featuring a pianist and Jazz singer.

With so many beautiful artifacts to see, the Dar Si Said Museum is maybe worth the detour. Less well laid out than the nearby Tiskiwin museum, the displays comprise Carpets, jewellery, daggars, ottomans, chests, leather crafts, objects in beaten copper,

weapons and Berber jewellery. The painted wood ceilings, mosaic-covered walls and wooden doors are particularly impressive. Image2 Location: Riad Zitoun el Jadid Medina Marrakech Opening Times: Open every day except Tuesday from 9h to 12h15 and from 15h to 18h15 Entrance fee: Adult 20 dh / Children under 12 year : 5 dh