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The dagger clans of Mouassine

Like many areas of the red city of Marrakech, the Mouassine district has a history spanning hundreds of years. Previously called Houmat Abi Abidan, the name for this well-known part of the city came to be called Mouassine at some … Continue reading

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The Almoravid Dynasty and Moul Lksour

In the neighbourhood of Dar el Bacha there lies an ancient history of royalty, wealth and opulence of the former Almoravid Empire. About a thousand years ago, the area served a a residential and administrative sector for the princes and … Continue reading

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Jemaa el-Fnaa – Fruit sellers

Where the growth of dates and the celebrated Argan nut thrive in Morocco’s arid climate, it’s only possible for tropical fruits such as coconut and pineapple to grow in the more humid parts of the country. That’s not to say that … Continue reading

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Boxing

Among the huge variety of activity in the Jemma al Fnaa square there are sometimes amateur boxers competing in front of a hugely enthusiastic crowd. There is always something new to discover in the Red City    

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The Last Storyteller

The Marrakech tradition of story telling is as old as the Red City itself,  one of great joys of the Jemaa al Fnaa square is the crowds that gather around storytellers who are often telling tales little altered since the … Continue reading

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Cafe Clock

Newly opened in the Spring of 2014 Cafe Clock is the baby of Englishman Mike Richardson.  It is the Marrakech sister of Mike’s well respected Cafe Clock in the Medina of Fez. Reasonably priced food and beverage in relaxed surroundings. … Continue reading

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Birkemeyer

The Birkemeyer gallery is the leading designer store for both international fashion and Moroccan leather goods. Located in the new town of Guiliez.  

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Dar Es Salaam

An iconic restaurant in the Marrakech old town. Founded in 1952 and still run by the same family. Its popularity has been assured since the restaurant was used in the 1956  Hitchcock thriller “The man who knew too much” starring … Continue reading

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ATM Jemaa El Fna

On the south side of the main square there is a concentration of banks most of which have ATM machines.  One of the best known is the French owned Societe Generale on the main Bab Agnou shopping street.  Alternatively  walk … Continue reading

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Carpets chez les Nomades

A long established family business this is the largest and best carpet shop in Marrakech located opposite the Ben Yussef fountain behind the Ben Yussef Mosque. Shopping here is a pleasant and relaxing experience. You will be stunned at the … Continue reading

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Culture Break

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 … Continue reading

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Dar Donab Restaurant

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.

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Bennina Shoes

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 … Continue reading

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KIS boutique

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 … Continue reading

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Boutique Rock the Casbah

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 … Continue reading

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