Due to scruples contained within Islamic texts it is forbidden to depict living creatures such as humans or animals. This has not however stopped the Islamic world from developing its own very distinctive and beautiful forms of art, indeed many of the forms and shapes expressed within the realms of Islamic art certainly have benefited from these cultural directives. One has simply to look at any mosque found anywhere in the world to appreciate the beauty that can be found in Islamic calligraphy and tessellation. Marrakech is one such place where these sights can be found in abundance and great variation, within the Medina. Any number of the great landmarks that are to be found within the Medina can be seen to display such magnificent pieces.
A real Moroccon experience can be greatly enriched by taking in such wonders, which are to be found all over the old town. Luckily this is all within short walking distance of our wonderful Riad Cinnamon
Opening Times: Every day from 9h30 to 18pm
Entrance fee: 50 dh for the Adult and 30 dh for children
You can purchase a joint ticket to visit both the Medersa and the Musee De Marrakech
The donkey and cart is a common sight in the medina of Marrakech where the streets are too narrow for truck and vans. These docile and dependable creatures, known as ‘brill’ in arabic are essential to everyday life.
A Riad hotel in the Medina is the perfect base from which to explore and experience this ancient way of life at first hand.
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.
You can contact Lucie through Marrakech Riad Reservations.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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.
This is novel, the debut single form MARRAKESH an alternative Rock band from Kiev Ukraine, actually they are quite good!
This classic song really captures the Magic of the Red City.
Our Riads are perfect for your romantic break in Marrakech, Morocco.
Browse the romantic and intimate rooms, then reserve your favourite.
Small or ‘petit’ taxis in Marrakech can take up to three passengers. Painted a distinctive yellow they are a common sight on the streets of the Red City. We are happy to help visitors to Marrakech with travel advice whether or not they are guests in our luxury Marrakech Riads. For five or ten minute journeys aound the old town or to nearby Guiliez the drivers often do not put on the meter, there is no need to worry about this. It is polite to give 15 or 20 dirhams (the meter would probably go to less than 10) if the driver demands more walk away with confidence you have been fair with him. For longer journeys ask them to put the meter on and round up to the nearest 10 dirhams.
The wood wholesaler is a very important figure in Marrakech. There are several specialist ‘wood men’ located near to the City walls supplying wood which will be burned in traditional Hammans and bakeries as well as Riads and pivate homes. Wood is sold by weight, measured on the scale by the entrance, and usually delivered by donkey and cart.
Good quality dried Lavender is is freely available from the Marrakech spice sellers, most offer several varieties of Lavender sold by weight at modest prices. A Riad hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the old town of Marrakech, make your reservation today!
The Prickly pears for sale in the street markets of Marrakech are ten times sweeter in the winter, and ten times more expensive!
Kanyama, 22 rue moulay Ali, gueliz
l’Annexe, 14 Rue Moulay Ali, Gueliz
Earth Cafe, N 2, Derb Zawak, Riad Zitoun Kedim, Medina
Gastro mk at maison mk, 14 Derb Lafkih Sbaai, Quartier Ksour
Riad Kniza Restaurant, 34 Derb L’Hotel, Bab Doukala Medina
Souk Kafe, 11 Derb Souk Jeldid, Sidi Abdelaziz -Medina
Ristorante Italiano Casanova, 221, av. yacoub el mansour
Al fassia, 55 Boulevard Zerktouni, Guéliz
Mama Ti Lee, 13 derb El Arsa, Riad Zitoun Jdid
Un dejeuner a Marrakech, 2,4 Place Douar Graoua
Patisserie des Princes, 32 rue Bab Agnaou
Azar, Rue de Yougoslavie
La Trattoria De Giancarlo, 179 El Beqal Gueliz
La Tosca Marrakech, badr, Guéliz
Pastaz by Catanzaro, 27 rue Imam Chafai, Kawkab Centre – Guéliz
Le Restaurant du Riad Monceau, 7/8 derb Chaabane, Riad Zitoun Lakdim
Stylia, 4, rue R’mila Bab Ksour
Chez Yassine, Rue Fatima
Le Touggana, Route de l’Ourika, BP 6211 Syba
Katsura, Rue Oum Errabia
Dar Zellij, No1 Kaa Sour, Sidi Ben Slimane, Medina
Metro 80, 77, avenue Hassan II, Guéliz
Le Foundouk,55, Souk Hal Fassi
La Cour des Lions, rue Ibrahim El Mazini, Hivernage
Dar Yacout, 79 rue Sidi Ahmed Soussi, Bab Doukkala, Medina
Le Blokk, Sircuit de la palmeraie
Riad des Mers, Derb Sidi Messaoud
Kechmara, 3 rue De La Liberte, Guéliz
Les jardins de la medina, 21 rue derb chtouka
Dar Ennassim Fabrice VULIN, Circuit de la palmeraie, Palmeraie Golf Palace
Crystal (pacha), mohamed boulevard
Patisserie Al Jawdal, Rue Dabachi 16-18
Comptoir Darna, Av Echouhada, Hivernage
La Terrasse des Epices, 15 Souk Charifia Sidi Abdellaziz
La Boheme, 2, place Jemaa El Fna
Dar Mimoun, 1 Derb Ben Amrane, access through Zitoun el Kdim
Cantanzaro, 42 rue Tarik Ibn Ziyad, Ville Nouvelle
Kosybar, 47, Place des Ferblantiers
La Sultana Hotel Restaurant, 403 rue de la Kasbah
Dar Mima, 9, derb Zaouia el Kadiria
Lost in Marrakech (Laundry Cafe), 156 Darb Snane, Medina
Chez Larbi, KM 46 Agbalou, Rte de L’Ourika
La Maison Arabe, 1 Derb Assehbe
Ksar Es Saoussan, Rue des Ksour, 3 Derb El Messaoudyenne
Cafe Jardin Majorelle Marrakech, Avenue Yacoub El Mansour
Al Rimal, 43 Derb Fhal Ezzafriti
La Cuisine de Mona, Residence Mamoune 5 n 115B
Riad Al Kadar, 132 , Derb Jamaa, Arset Belbaraka
Le TOBSIL, 22 Derb Abdellah Ben Hessaien
Cafe Arabe, 184, rue Mouassine, Medina
Restaurant Oscar Progres, 20, rue Bani Marine
Le flouka auberge et restaurant du lac, Barrage
Le Bis – Jardin des Arts, 6-7 rue Sakia El Hamra, Semlalia – Guéliz
Riad El Fenn Restaurant
Cafe Des Epices, 75 Rahba Lakdima, Place Rahba Qedima
Le 6, Avenue Mohamed VI, Residence Hivernage
Daer Cherifa, 8 derb Cherfa Lakbir, Moussine, Medina
Les jardins du Gueliz, Rue Oued Makhzine, Guéliz
Comptoir de marrakesh, Avenue Echouada
Chegrouni, Place Djemaa Al Fnaa
Lotus Privilege, Fhal Zefriti, Quartier Ksour
Le Grand Cafe de la Poste, Corner of bd. El Mansour Eddahbi and av. Imam Malik | (behind the main Guéliz post office), Ville Nouvelle
La Villa, Angle Avenue Jnane El Harti et rue Qsar El Kebir
Dar Fez, 8 Derb Boussouni
Villa Rosa, 64 avenue Hassan II Gueliz
Narwama, hay zefriti, rue koutoubia 30
Bo & Zin, Douar Lahna, Route de l’Ourika (3.5 kms.)
Ksar El Hamra, 28 Riad Zitoune Lakdim, Sabt Ben Daouad
Restaurant El Bahia, 1 rue Riad Zitoun El Jedid
Le coin cool, mohamed el begal 71 gueliz
Les Jardins de Bala, 26 Rue de la Koutoubia, Hotel Les Jardins de La Koutoubia
Kaowa, 34 rue Yves St Laurent
Dar Belkabir, 12, souk des roseaux, jamaa el fna
Dar Essalam, 170, Riad Zitoune El Kedim
Jazz’o, Angle av Yacoub El Mansour, Coordonnées Adresse : Angle av Yacoub El Mansour, centre américain, Gueliz
Chez Achraf, Cafe Ben Youssef, 20, av. El Hanaa M_hamid , Ighli 1
Cafe Berbere – Chez Brahim, Jamaa El Fna Rue Derb Dabachi, N’38 Fondek El Messioui N’26
La Mamounia, Avenue Bab Jdid
Cafe Restaurant Argana, Jaleema El Fna 1
Jad Mahal, Fontaine de la Mamounia
Dar Marjana, 15 Derb Sidi Ali Tair
Al Baraka, 1, Djemaa el Fna
La Maison de Marrakech, 44-46-47 derb Zaari
Le Souab, 33, Bab Ksiba, Kasbah
Daressalam,170 Riad Zitoune El Kedim
Villa Flore, 4 Derb Azzouz
Rotisserie de la Paix
Restaurant Gastronomique Es Saadi, Ibrahim El Mazini, Hivernage
VILLA TIVOLI, Route de Casablanca
Nid’cigogne, 60 Place des Tombeaux Saadiens, Kasbah
Dar Donab Le Restaurant, 53 Dar El Basha-Bab Doukkala
Patisserie Elite, Av. Mhd. V.
Cafe restaurant Tiznit, Place Jemaa El Fna Kassabine No28
Le Marrakchi, 52, rue des Banques
Dar Moha, rue dar el Bacha 81, Medina
Saadiens Restaurant, 105 Rue Derb Chtouka, Quartier De La Kasba
Ultimo Bacio, Angle rue Tarik Ibn Ziad & Moulay Ali
Le Tanjia, 14, Derb J’did – Hay Essalam (Mellah), Medina
Le Saint Germain, Boulevard Hassan 2
Riad Tzarra Restaurant, 22 Derb Lalla Azzouna
Portofino, 279 av. Mohammed V, Medina
Aqua Pazza, 89 Angle Bld Zerktouniet Mohamed V – Gueliz, in the Hotel Renaissance
Casa Lalla, 16 Derb Jemaa, Riad Zitoune Lakdim
La Piscine, Boulvard Mohammed 6, Palais Soltan
avenue mohammed V, Gueliz
Bert’s marrakech, avenue mohammed V, Gueliz
Ksar Char-Bagh, Palmeraie de Marrakech
Le Moulin Berbere, 24 l’Ourika
Bari’s Pizza, Rue Bab Agnaou, Medina
International Restaurant at Amanjena, Route de Ouarzazate
Queen Atlantic, Coordonnees Adresse : Marrakech Plazza – Place du 16 Novembre
Le Relais de Paris, Hotel Les Jardins de La Koutoubia, 26 Rue de la Koutoubia
Restaurant Mabrouka, Rue Bab Agnaou
Riad 72, 72 Arset Awzel, Bab Doukkala
Ryad Jana, 149 Toualat Kennaria, Kasbah
Fouquet’s Marrakech, Rue Djebel Alakhdar, Bab Doukkala
Cafe 16, Place du 16 Novembre
Da-Miranda, 66, Bd Mansour Eddahbi Gueliz
La Creperie de Marrakech, 14 Petit Marche de Gueliz, Route de Targa
Puerto Banus, Rue Ibn Hanbal, (opposite the Surète Nationale and tennis club), Ville Nouvelle
Marra-Book Cafe, 53 derb Kabada, av. des Princes
Le Jacaranda, 32 boulevard Zerktouni
Alizia, Rue Ahmed Chouhada Chawki, Off Avenue Echouhada, Hivernage
Aqua, 68 Place De Jamaa El Fna Medina
Palais Soleiman, Bd 11 Janvier, Kaa el Machraa
Caruso, Avenue Mohamed VI
Nikki Beach, Circuit de la Palmeraie, Route de Casablanca
Riad Mabouka Marrakech
Epicurien, Ibrahim El Mazini, Hivernage
LA CASA Restaurant Lounge, Avenue du President Kennedy , Hivernage, Hôtel El Andalous Marrakech
Al Fassia Aguedal, 9bis route de l’Ourika
Hivernage Hotel & Spa, Angle Ave Echouhada et Rue des Temples, Quartier Hivernage
Dar El Baroud,275, Avenue Mohamed V, Derb Saïdalia
Bert’s, 45 Residences Les Remparts, Avenue Mohammed V, Guéliz
Delhi palace, Avenue de la menara mohd.6, hotel royale mirage
Caravanserai, 264 Ouled Ben Rahmoune
Red Fort Indian and Bangladeshi Restaurant, Avenue Yaacoub El Marini, Residence Andalus 4 Gueliz
Yellow Sub,82 Avenue Hassan II
Chez El Bahia, Riad Zitoune El Kdim, 206
Pizza Pazza,Youssef Ben Av Tachfine
Le Dragon d’Or, 10 bis, Bd Zerktouni, Gueliz
Le Sud, 13 Rue Capitaine Arrigui Gueliz
Restaurant Beyrouth, 9 rue Loubnane, Guéliz, Ville Nouvelle
Palais Chahramane, 6 rue Sidi Bouchouka, Medina
Autour de la Piscine – Es Saadi, rue Ibrahim El Mazini, Hivernage
Chez Jacqueline, 63 Av Mohamed V
L’Abyssin, Palais Rhoul
Stork, Rue de La Kasbah, North end near the mosque
La Plage Rouge, Route De L’Ourika
Dar yakut, 79, Derb Sidi Ahmed Soussi, Bab Doukkala
Lotus Club, Rue Ahmed Chawki, Hivernage
Riad Dar Tim Tam, 42, 44, rue Rahba Lakdima
Saafran & Cannelle, 40 Avenida Hassan II
Cafe de France, Place Jemaa El Fna
Riad Omar,22, rue Bab Agnaou
Le Pavillon, 47 derb Zaouia Mosquee
Bombay Marrakech, 7 Rue Ibn Zaidoun
L’Avenue, Angle route de Targa & rue du Capitaine Arigui, Gueliz
Le Charly’s Cabana, 39,Bd Zerktouni, Gueliz
Restaurant Diaffa, 1 Rue Jbel Lakhdar
Le Pacha, Zone Hoteliare De I’ Aguedak
Mezza Luna, Place Du Petit Marche, Route De Targa
Kasbah La Rotonda, Derb Lamnahba
Cafe Restaurant l’Etoile, 49 rue Bab Agnaou, Place Jemaa el Fna, Medina
Palais Gharnata, 5 Derb el Arsa Riad Zitoun Jdid
Lodge k, Route de Fez km. 5, Dar Tounsi
Chez Ali, Route de Casablanca
Bab Restaurant, rue mohamed el beqqal
Le Jana, Boulevard Mohammed VI
Bougainvillea Cafe, 33 rue Mouassine Medina, Place Jemaa El Fna
Les Terrasses de l’Alhambra, Place Jemaa el-Fna
Les Premices, Place Jemaa el Fna
Jnane Tamsna, Douar Abiad
Jemaa el Fna, Jemaa-el-Fna
Pizza Hut, 6, Boulevard Mohamed V
Le Grand Balcon Cafe Glacier, Jemaa El Fna
L After Stone, rue oum errabii
El Waha, 1, riad Zitoun el Kedim
Niagara Pub,31-32, Centre Commercial Ennakhil
Kasar el Hamra, 28 Sabt Ben Daoud
Hotel Essaouira, Place Jemaa El Fna
Dar nejjarine, 35 derb sehrije riad el moukha
Menzah dada, arset almaach
Eveil Des Sens, 32, rue Benatya Gueliz
Stalls in the Square, Jemaa El Fna,Medina
Milagros Restaurant, West Palmarie
Studio Misr, 16, Angle Av. Yaacoub El Mansour
La Villa des Orangers, 6 rue Sidi Mimoun
Restaurant Demeures D’orient, 10,Arset Ben Nasser,Riad Laarous, Medina
Moroccan Dinner Show – Es Saadi,R ue Ibrahim El Mazini, Hivernage
Lagon & Jardin, rue Ibrahim El Mazini
Restaurant Al Bahja, Rue Bani Marine, (between the Bank al Maghrib and the post office on the south side of Jemaa el Fna), Medina
Bistro La Saveur, 12 rue Loubnane, Guéliz, Ville Nouvelle
Adamo, 44 rue Tarik ben Ziad, Ville Nouvelle
Cafe du Livre, 44 rue Tarik ben Ziad, Off to one side of the entrance to Hotel Toulousain, Ville Nouvelle
Les Delices Malouins, 68 rue de la Liberte, Guéliz, Ville Nouvelle
Stall #20, Chez Ben Driss, Place Jamaa el Fanaa
Les Jardins Darabes
Les Jardins d’Ines Restaurant, Circuit de la Palmeraie, Boite Postale 1488
Restaurant Nuima, Rue Azbest No. 30
Rolls-Club, It lamure, 6 angle rue draa et rue lt lamure guelize
Restaurant Place des Ferblantiers, 14 Place des Ferblantiers
Dar Ambre, La Palmeraie, BP 12322
Le Jacaranda, 32 Bd Mohamed Kerktouni
le Code Barre Marrakech, Camp Ghoul route de Targa
Aicha, Place Djemaa El Fna
Le Marocain, Avenue Bab Jdid
Sarout Darna, Km 9 route de L’Ourika
Le Narjis, es jardins de la palmeraie BP 1488
Les Cepages, 9, rue Ibn Zaidoun
L’Amandier, Angle Av Echouhada, Rue de Paris Hivernage
L’Orangerie, Rue Harroun Errachid,Quartier de l hivernage
Casa Nostra, Hotel le Caspien, 12 rue Loubnane, Gueliz
Pavillion, Derb Zaouia Bab Doukkala Mosquee
Dar Doukkala, 83, Arset Aouzal Bab Doukkala
Le Sepharade, Loubnanem, Marrakech
KM 9, Route de l’Ourika
El Saadi, Ru Ibrahim el mazni
La Plagie Rouge, Route De Lourika km 10
Le Pavilliom, Overt 7
L AMANDIER, Angle Av Echouhada
LE RENDEZ-VOUS, Avenue Mohammed VI
Kim Son, Toumert, Marrakech
Le Jade, 16, rue Lieutenant Lamure
L ITALIEN, Avenue Bab Jdid
La Porte Du Monde, Toualat Kennaria No 69
Dada Marrakech, La Radeema
Ocha-shushi, 41 rue Yougoslavie GUELIZ
Rose Bar, Zone Aguedal, Pacha Marrakech
The Kingdom of Morocco will host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Football tournament in the face of strong competition from recent world cup hosts South Africa who will host the 2017 competition. Morocco last hosted the tournament in 1988.
Marrakech will be an important host City with the newly opened ‘Stade de Marrakech’ the first stadium in Morocco to feature corporate hospitality on a par with the top European stadia.
A Marrakech Riad is always a perfect base for any stay in Marrakech.
We have had the pleasure of welcoming many guests from Norway. In the best Marrakech tradition those who arrive as guests usually leave as friends.
Marrakech Riad are grateful to our friend Bjorn Loeden, a gifted photographer, for kindly allowing us to show a selection of his images of the Red City, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Bjorn and his delightful wife Sunni based themselves with us at Riad Papillon for a month in the winter of 2010. What better way to escape the harsh Norwegian winter.
Svenge is a widely available in Marrakech, often served from street food stalls. Rings of dough deep fried in oil, usually sold tied in bunches of five. Svenge is eaten at breakfast or as a snack throughout the day.