Category Archives: Jemaa al-Fnaa

Hamza the street performer: Charlie Chaplin in Marrakech

If you stroll through the winding streets nearby Rue Riad Zitoun el Kdim and the Riad Dar Habiba, you may be lucky enough to spot Hamza. Hamza is a street cleaner by his daily trade, however he also has a burning … Continue reading

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Jemaa al-Fnaa: mint sellers of the Medina

Scattered throughout the Medina you will see the many mint salesmen going about their daily trade. Mint is an absolutely key staple in Moroccan society, used in marinades for a variety of dishes and of course in the traditional mint … Continue reading

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Le Grand Balcon du Café Glacier

Perched on the southern corner of Jemaa al-Fnaa, just off Rue Riad Zitoun Kdim you will find Le Grand Balcon du Café Glacier. Le Grand Balcon du Café Glacier is one of two café-restaurants that due to their larger than average … Continue reading

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Poste Maroc: postcards in Jemaa al-Fnaa

On the south-western side of the central square of Jemaa al-Fnaa you will discover a large post office (Poste Maroc). For around 8 Dirham’s (£0.60) you can purchase a postal stamp that will let you send a postcard from your … Continue reading

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Moroccan dried fruits: sacred and delicious

Dried Moroccan fruits and dates in particular are not only key staples in Moroccan cuisine, they have a rich cultural and historical significance that goes back many thousands of years. As early as 6,000 BC there is evidence to suggest … Continue reading

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Trinkets of the square: The curse of the evil eye

A late night stroll through Marrakech’s central square, Jemaa al-Fnaa will lead you to encounter all kinds of the weird and the wonderful. However particularly towards the Eastern side of Jemaa al-Fnaa you will discover many Marrakshi locals selling unusual … Continue reading

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Aqua: Italian cuisine in the heart of Marrakech

On the Eastern side of Jemaa al-Fnaa you will find Aqua, a quaint Italian pizzeria in the heart of the Medina. Depending on the length of your stay in the red city of Marrakech, you might discover that the intensely … Continue reading

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7 Saints Restaurant: Jemaa al-Fnaa

The 7 Saints is a cosy Café-Restaurant in the southern reaches of the central square of Marrakech, Jemaa al-Fnaa. At the 7 Saints you will be able to find traditional Moroccan cuisine as well as good variety of European dishes such … Continue reading

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Souk Semmarine: The famous Souk districts of the Medina.

If you speak to anyone who has visited Marrakech, you can be sure that they will mention the red cities famous Souk District. Located in the very heart of the Medina, just north of Jemaa al-Fnaa and a five minute … Continue reading

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Horse drawn carriages: Calèches in Marrakech

As you stroll through the winding alleys of the Marrakech Medina you will see that the pathways are shared by pedestrians, mopeds, donkey-drawn carts and the Calèche. Calèches are horse-drawn carriages of which can hold four to five people. Moroccans have … Continue reading

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Les Terrasses de l’Alhambra: Salon de Thé in Jemaa al-Fnaa

Located in the north-eastern reaches of Jemaa al-Fnaa you will discover Les Terrasses de l’Alhambra. The Café Restaurant occupies an entire corner of the northern side of Jemaa al-Fnaa, making it easy to find if this is your first visit to the … Continue reading

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Snack la place: convenient cuisine in the square

Conveniently located just opposite the open air food stalls of Jemaa al-Fnaa is ‘Snack la place’, a cosy restaurant that you will discover to be humming with tourists and locals alike, night and day. Snack la place’s menu offers a … Continue reading

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H’amad Amous: The acrobats of Jemaa al-Fnaa

As you unwind  in one of the cafe’s or restaurants that are lined along the edges Jemaa al-Fnaa, don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of a group of local acrobats who often descend towards the South-Eastern corner of the … Continue reading

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Olive sellers: Jemaa al-Fnaa

During your visit to the red city of Marrakech, one thing you cannot afford to miss are the olive sellers of the central square. You will find them lined up in the Northern reaches of Jemaa al-Fnaa as the square … Continue reading

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Music salesmen in the square: Jemaa al-Fnaa

During your visit to Morocco you will discover Marrakech’s central square (Jemaa al-Fnaa) to be a sensory overload of sight, taste and sound whether you visit at night or at day. From the stalls selling fresh orange juice to the … Continue reading

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