Located on Rue Tariq Bnou Ziad in the heart of Gueliz, Marrakech’s New town, the Carré Eden Centre contains 80 shopping units selling a range of products and services from clothes to electrical appliances, from the American Coffee chain Starbucks to the French Supermarket Carrefour.

The building, designed by Karim El Achak, provides a sleek, imposing addition to the streets of Gueliz, blending the ultra-modern architecture with hints of traditional Marrakechi design. Many social commentators around Morocco are hailing the Carré Eden Centre as a sign that Marrakech has entered the world stage as a truly modern city. Indeed although the centre hosts a certain international feel, rather than providing a sense of local authenticity, the Carré Eden shopping centre will perhaps prove a useful destination for tourists who are looking for home comforts: the clothes shops – including H&M and a range of sports shops alongside other fashion stores – are perhaps the perfect place to replace a forgotten swimsuit or purchase a few items that would not fit in the luggage; the Carrefour supermarket hosts a large range of cosmetics that may not have made it into your hand luggage and the Carré Eden Centre hosts a large range of restaurants and cafes – including Starbucks, Dominos Pizza, Sushi Club, and Wok to Walk – which could provide the perfect place to rest whilst exploring Gueliz.

Situated to the north of the world famous Marrakech Souks, under the Terraces des Epices restaurant and very close to Riad Star and Riad Cinnamon is Souk Cherifa, a small collection of high end boutiques selling stylish, modern and quirky interpretations of classic Marrakech items. From beautiful handmade tan sandals to traditional Moroccan inspired clothes with a modern twist and from unique screen-printed tote bag and posters to handmade Jewellery stores, Souk Cherifa has a lot to offer.

Our favourite thing about Souk Cherifa is that the boutiques perfectly mix the local, traditional design with a western design ethic. This cultural-crossover is quite unlike anything we have seen in Marrakech, both in the Medina and in Gueliz. Indeed, most of the items sold are often unique, handmadeand noticeably different from the other items for sale across the Souks. In this way, Souk Cherifa is perhaps not dissimilar from independent stores on London’s Brick lane or in Berlin, Amsterdam or Paris. In terms of local comparisons, this hidden gem feels like a modern version of the Ensemble Artisanal, selling quality, unique items at fixed prices (so no haggling!) Souk Cherifa is a definite must-visit for the fashionable, design-obsessed traveller. If you have Dirhams left to spend then this is the destination for you.

Renowned Jewellery expert Sarah Corbett is leading her latest five day shopping trip based at Riad Papillon starting on 31st January 2012.   Sarah’s comprehensive Itinerary is as follows:

Arrival Day … A driver will be waiting for you on arrival at Menara Airport Marrakech.
Transfer to your beautiful Riad, Riad Papillon.
time to explore or to relax following your flight.
A delicious 3 course  evening meal cooked at your riad dining beneath the stars!

Second day…A morning of guided jewellery shopping in Marrakech, with Moroccan jewellery expert Sarah Corbett on hand to help and advise.
Lunch in the Medina
Afternoon activites a caleche tour of Marrakech or A Traditional Hammam
Evening Meal at one of Marrakechs’ top eateries.

Third Day …A morning of guided jewellery shopping with Moroccan jewellery expert Sarah Corbett, within the Medina, visiting trusted dealers with exceptional stock.
Lunch in Gueliz (French Quarter of Marrakech)
A visit to Samarcande, a veritable treasure house in the vibrant new town of Gueliz.
Henna evening for those who would like!
Meal in a restarant in the Medina.

Fourth Day ….free time for souk shopping or even more jewellery shopping if you feel the need!
or a visit to the Maison Tiskiwin a museum with an exceptional collection of jewellery.
A shopping trip to the Mellah area, with access to new production beads and Jewellery and many traditional jewellery components.
Lunch in the Medina
Afternoon of Jewellery shopping with Moroccan jewellery expert Sarah Corbett
An evening of show and tell, share tales of your purchase ( and of the ones that got away!) over a feast at your riad.

Departure day …Free time and transfers to Airport.

The holiday is outstanding value at £650 per person based on single occupancy of a luxury double room with en suite facilites. Be sure secure your place soon, Sarah’s November 2011 Jewellery trip sold out within days.

Reservations can be made through vividtrading.

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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.

Marrakech is the perfect holiday location! Only three hours flight from Europe. Marrakech ofers unlimited shopping in the famous souks! the incomparable Jemaa al fnaa square! historic monuments and museums! the chic new town of Guiliez!

Stay in a traditonal Marrakech Riad and experience the old town medina first hand.

Four poster Suite Marrakech Riad

Just a three hour flight away and well served by the budget airlines Marrakech is an excellent location for a more sophisticated hen getaway. Several brides to be have now booked hen weekends at Riad Papillon.  The newly renovated Riad has 5 bedrooms and can accommodate a party of 11 (sleeping in four twin rooms and a triple).  The cuisine at the Riad is fantastic and a private dinner in the Riad for the whole group is an absolute must.

We have other Riads available and a great value ‘Girls weekend’ rate of just £149 per person. Hiring a Riad for the exclusive use of your party is an excellent way to enjoy Marrakech,  with the Riad staff at your disposal for the entirety of your stay. The old town of Marrakech, Morocco is an intimate and welcoming environment. There are shopping adventures to be had in the endless Souks, culture in the historic monuments and entertainment in the incomporable Jema al Fnaa square.

The ancient medina where local families live side by side with luxury boutique hotels is not the place for boozy late nights.  There are however world class night clubs in the new town of Guiliez and the Riad is your perfect retreat from the chaotic and cosmopolitan City. Contact us now to check availablility and make your reservation!

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