Street food Marrakech - Food stand 14, Mohammed El Krita Fish and Chips-1

The food stalls in the Jemma al fnaa square, Marrakech are many and varied and all just a short walk from your luxury Riad Hotel. Our favourite fish stall is number 14 Haji Mohammed El Krita. The title Haji indicated by the abreviation Hj shows that the owner Mohammed has undertaken the pilgrimage to Mecca.

Used mainly by locals, who often stand two or three deep waiting for a space to sit, Krita is rarely frequented by tourists. Mohammed offers excellent value fresh fish from the ports of Essaouria and Casablanca. French fries and a variety of fresh salads are on offer as accompaniments. Our favourite is the aubergine with lemon.

Mohammed is a football supporter, you will sometimes find his stand closed if there is a big game on television!

The staff at our Riads in Marrakech are at your disposal to help you make the most of your stay.


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We adore Marrakech, the old town has beautiful Boutique hotels, a host of restaurants and so many stylish shops that it is sometimes easy to forget that Morocco is a developing country. When packing for Marrakech it is important to choose the right footwear for walking in the Medina. Lovers of stillettos and espadrilles be warned! Leave these shoes out of your suitcase and instead pack sturdy walking boots or shoes and the most comfortable sandals you own.

The only people I see in Marrakech who are wearing stillettos (and there are some) are usually Italian women who are part of a coach trip where presumably no one was kind enough to warn them of the dangers of stillettos in the medina. Dont get me wrong-I love stillettos and still (on occasion) sport a pair when going to a posh do at home. But they are completely and totally unsuitable and in fact outright dangerous for walking within the old town Medina.

The derbs (streets) are mostly earth or cobbles and even where earth paths have been ‘upgraded’ they are still grossly uneven. The likelihood of stumbling is pretty high for anyone wearing flat shoes on these uneven roads so for someone wearing stillettos it is an inevitability.

Those on their first trip to Marrakech have no idea how much walking is involved when exploring the medina-those of us who are hardened bargain seekers and shoppers can walk miles from one souk to another for hours on end-if you are wearing high heels then expect to get blisters after the first hour and Im afraid you are unlikely to find a taxi to take you back home to your hotel so you will have to hobble all the way home to nurse your sore tootsies and buy some plasters and cushioned pads for your mistreated feet!

The other issue for open toed high heels is that when it rains in Marrakech it really does rain-big tennis ball sized drops of rain that quickly turn the earth to mud so any elegant toes in high heels very quickly become rather unattractively spattered with black grit and grey water up to the knees. You are highly likely to slip in this kind of weather too.

Finally another reason to put on your mums ecco shoes or your mountain boots is that donkey carts and motor bikes seem to have right of way in the medina over pedestrians so you might need to be quite nifty on your feet to get out of the way of that teenager carring grandma on the back of his honda!

If you must bring that pair of killer heels then save them for the nightlife-a night out at Pasha or a stroll along the Mohammed V in Guilez or clubbing in the Palmerie or Hivernage. Or if you are staying at a Riad and taking dinner on the terrace where the only walking that will be required will be from your room up the stairs to the terrace.

When I travel toMarrakech I put fashion to one side and focus on comfort. I always pack a sturdy pair of walking shoes or even boots with ankles (in spite of the hot weather) and I bring several pairs of thick walking socks. I also bring a pair of low padded sandles for short walks and for evenings out when I know I will take a taxi part of the way. And I have a rather mumsy pair of ecco shoes (which I love) so that I can alternate between shoes so that my feet dont get blisters or become achy.

In our riads-PapillonCinnamon and Dar Habiba we provide washable slippers for our guests to use whilst they are with us so that they can give their feet a good rest!


You can contact Lucie through Marrakech Riad Reservations.


The old town of Marrakech is known as the Medina, set inside an ancient city wall and in many ways little changed since the middle ages. The perfect place for your Marrakech medina stay is a restored Riad hotel, constructed around a courtyard garden.

Individual suites at Riad Cinnamon:
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Luxurious en suite rooms at Riad Papillion:

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Moroccan summer days can be extremely hot.  The dipping pools in our Marrakech Riads are perfect for cooling off. We also have air conditioning in all rooms. Riad Cinnamon even has a second dipping pool on the spacious roof terrace.

Check out our Marrakech accommodation before making your reservation:

Individual suites at Riad Cinnamon:
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Luxurious en suite rooms at Riad Papillion:

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Marrakech is a riot of colour, take a short stroll from your Riad hotel into the Souks and you will be captivated.  The patterns of decoration are also enchanting, in Islam it is forbidden to produce a representation of a living creature, for this reason traditional arabic and Moroccan decoration involves repeating geometric shapes. Our friend Paul has a photographers eye for the Red City’s endless Colours and Patterns recorded in the gallery below.

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Riad Cinnamon and Riad Papillon are perfect getaways for your Marrakech break.

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Wandering through the Red City of Marrakech is a feast for the senses. Take a look at the many and varied doors and windows of Marrakech and consider for a moment what might be behind them! It is almost impossible to know from the street whether a Marrakech home is a hovel or a beautiful Riad.

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Riad Cinnamon is a Merchants house the restoration of which required the input of dozens of traditional craftsmen. Peek through the hand crafted window grilles to catch a glimpse of the private Riad courtyard.

Marrakech Riads are the ideal place to stay when you come to explore the old town.

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The Marrakech Souks contain an astonishing variety of life.  Just a 15 minute walk though the Souks near to Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon in the central medina gives a window onto an ancient culture.

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Start in a Caravanserai ( a camel motel!) recently restored using UNESCO funding (Marrakech is a UNESCO world heritage site), pass by the local bakery (sample fresh bread if you wish), walk on into the souks, see the clever slatted roof above (Berber air conditioning!), pass the slipper sellers, see crafts men at work making musical instruments, peep in the shops selling expert lemon wood marketry, and on to the dyers souk.

Riad Marrakech Accommodation allows you to explore all this at your leisure and pop back to your personal oasis whenever you wish. Make your reservation today.

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What better place to wake before dawn than the ancient City of Marrakech. The gallery below traces an early morning stroll,  waking in our luxury Riad Cinnamon, taking a hot shower in the Casablanca suite,  moving swiftly up to the roof terrace to catch the sunrise behind the Ben Yussef mosque and the Atlas Mountains then out through the silent derb, peeping up at  the mosque again, seeing the ancient koubba monument without its usual throng of tourists, on past the marrakech museum, throught the fruit market where vendors are setting up their stalls. into the Rabha kedima square, past the carpet auction venue and the normally bustling cafe des epices, through the silent souks to the main square and finally on to the Koutoubia mosque.

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Reserve Accommodation in our Riads today and experience Magical Marrakech at first hand.

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Some would argue that Chicken Tagine is the Moroccan National dish (though others would say cous cous!).  It is certainly a Moroccan classic. If you want to experience the REAL Morocco stay in our Riad Marrakech Luxury Accommodation.

What better way to sample the delights of this ancient culture and share a warm moroccan welcome. Make your reservation today!

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The Marrakech Souks are endlessly entertaining. Take a stroll through the ancient medina with our friend Paul, just minutes from your Marrakech Riad

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The streets of Marrakech are a scene of constant change and motion.

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Browse our Marrakech accommodation before making your reservation.

Individual suites at Riad Cinnamon:
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Luxurious en suite rooms at Riad Papillion:

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Travel from London to your luxury Riad in Marrakech, Morocco could not be easier. There are now flights from all four London airports, Heathrow (BMI) Luton (Ryanair) Gatwick (BA, Easyjet, Thomson) and Stansted (Ryanair).

If you have time and really want to ENJOY your journey don’t overlook the option of traveling by train. Take the Eurostar to Paris and the TGV across France.  You then have a variety of options for the short ferry crossing to the port town of Tangier, gateway to North Africa: Algeciras to Tangier, Barcelona to Tangier, Sete (South of France) to Tangier.

For onward travel to Marrakech why not take the famous Marrakech Express, the overnight sleeper from Tangier. OR take time to visit the one of the Imperial Cities, Fez, Meknes or Rabat en route.

The excellent independent blog for train travel, Seat 61, is regularly updated with travel information and pricing including the London to Marrakech route.

We look forward to meeting you at the stunning new Marrakech railway station and whisking you away to one of our luxury boutique hotels in time for dinner! A traditional Riad is the perfect place for your Marrakech stay.

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Fresh vegetables are a staple food in Marrakech.  It is common to see farmers selling produce in the narrow streets of the medina, there are also specialist greengrocers like this one on the Rue Mouassine on the way to the Jemma al Fnaa Square from our Marrakech Riads.

There is nothing to compare to a Riad boutique hotel to experience the charm of old Marrakech and the genuine warmth of a Moroccan welcome. Reserve accommodation today and you can order a delicious meal to be waiting for you on arrival.

The Moroccan National Flag is proudly flown in the medina of Marrakech on secular and religious holidays.

Stay in a traditional Marrakech Riad and experience the historic medina.

Our staff folding bicycle is a familiar site in central medina.
Stay in a historic Riad to experience the old town of Marraekch at first hand.

Craftsmen from the Imperial City of Fez, Morocco are known for their intricate tile work.

This magnificent example is behind a fountain in the old town of Marrakech. Stay in one of our Riad boutique hotels and experience the Red City at First hand. Make contact today to reserve accommodation.

Dusk at the end of a long hot day, just around the corner from Riad Papillon in the fashionable Dar El Bashah district of Marrakech, Morocco.

Both our Marrakech Riads are located in the heart of the old town medina, come and experience this ancient culture and the warmth of our Marrakech welcome.

We are very proud of new table and chairs at Marrakech Riad Cinnamon. Made to measure by craftsmen in the Sidi Boukshish district of the Souks they feature distinctive local ‘Maichault’ metalwork as well as leather from the Marrakech tanneries.

Perfect for your arrival meal or just to chill out and enjoy the ambiance of the courtyard at this distinctive Marrakech Riad. There is no better place to stay when you visit exotic Marrakech, make your reservation today!

There are an amazing variety of goods for sale in the Marrakech Souks, take your time to browse and you will find glazed pottery to fit any colour scheme!

Our Riads in the Medina provide the perfect base for your holiday or short break in Magical Marrakech. Make contact today.

Salam Eileikum and welcome to Marrakech Riad, Boutique hotel accommodation in Marrakech, Morocco.

Marrakech is an exciting & relatively safe city, common sense is the new visitors biggest asset. Above all we would suggest that you do not over plan your stay, allow plenty of time for exploring at your own pace. The central location of our Riads means you can retreat to the calm of the Riad from time to time and enjoy a complimentary mint tea on the patio or roof terrace.

  • Remember sun screen, sun hat, sun glasses, comfortable shoes, Riad Papillon or Riad Cinnamon Dar Habiba, or Riad Star address (your Riad Guardian can supply a location map).
  • In the summer it is an excellent idea to take water out with you but it is polite to be discrete about drinking during the holy month of Ramadan when the locals are fasting
  • Confidence is the key! If your body language is positive you are much less likely to attract unwanted attention.
  • The Old town of Marrakech, particularly the area South of the Riad through the Souks to the square is regularly patrolled by plain clothes tourist police known as the ‘brigade touristique’
  • The  narrow streets of the Medina may seem chaotic but there is some ‘method to the madness’.  Pedestrians generally keep to the right (unless they are seeking shade) leaving  wheeled vehicles to whiz down the middle. Walking slowly down the middle of the road while reading a map is therefore generally a bad idea!
  • Make sure you have some cash with you-including small change for taxi fares, drinks, guides & tips.
  • ‘Hard Currency’ (Euros, Sterling or US$) can be a positive bargaining point if you are buying larger items. Credit cards are not widely used.
  • A local pay as you go mobile phone is usually available for you to use during your stay. You can buy calling cards from kiosks throughout the medina. Please remember to return it ready for the next guests at the end of your stay!
  • Marrakech is a City where your choice of accommodation can make the difference between an outstanding stay and a disappointing one. At Marrakech Riad our English speaking staff provide a Warm Moroccan Welcome and will do their very best to make you fell at home in the Medina. Contact us to make your reservation!

Marrakech Riad deals make it even more attractive to stay in our two fantastic Riad hotels in the central medina.

Marrakech Riad deals and Offers are regularly updated. Pick up a choice bargain with our best prices available through our website.

“Brazil, Morocco,  London to Ibiza,  Straight to LA, New York,  Vegas to Africa” from the lyrics of Jennifer Lopez worldwide hit “on the floor” which is currently topping the charts across Europe and North Africa.

Marrakech is one of hottest destinations in Morocco and in Africa. Get involved, check out our boutique Riad hotels in the fashionable old town Medina.

Now is the time to make your Xmas or New Year reservation in one of our stunning Marrakech Riads. Check out our outstanding seasonal banquet menu!Why not enjoy a whole Riad rental with friends or family.  Take advantage of our offers, don’t delay making your holiday season reservation.

Our friends at klik2travel today launched their new website with a new Marrakech City Guide alongside their establish London City Guide.

Video articles include:

Jemma al Fnaa

Jemma al Fnaa at night

Marrakech Riad Papillon

Marrakech Riad Cinnamon

A day trip to Essaouira, featuring images by Bjorn Loeden

And most recently added, Rabha Kedima:

After you browse the fantastic City Guide, don’t forget to reserve your Marrakech accommodation with us in our Magical Riads situated in the heart of the old town Medina

In the heart of the Marrakech Mediana, master craftsmen, known as ‘mellem’ are working using many ancient skills. The Mellem below was photographed in the Marrakech Souks not far from Riad Cinnamon shaping an Oud in lemon wood.

The enchanting sound of classical Oud is familiar throughout the arab world

Stay in our Riads in Magical Marrakech and experience this fascinating and ancient culture at first hand.

We enjoy serving seasonal organic fruit and vegetables at our marrakech riads. In March and April this includes broad beans which are abundant in the street markets.

Reserve dinner for your arrival evening when you book accommodation. The perfect base from which to explore the ancient medina of Marrakech, Morocco.

Rare live footage of The Clash performing a song that was only played live a few times.

This song has come to be associated with Marrakech! If you are inspired to visit the Red City what better place to stay than one of our Riad hotels in the old town.

The mention of Marrakech conjures exotic images of Adventure

Don’t delay, make your reservation at one of our Riad hotels!

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