Anyone who has visited Marrakech will probably tell stories of the cats and kittens that inhabit the streets of the ancient medina. Every derb (street) you walk down you see family of cats resting in the shade, a cute kitten lapping up some water or a lone cat sneaking around the corner. Even some of Marrakech’s main tourist attractions – such as El Badi Palace, Saadian Tombs or the Menara Gardens – are inhabited by lots of furry felines.
However, unlike our household friends, the cats of Marrakech are street cats. Although they are fed, watered and cared for by the locals, yet don’t entirely exist as pets in the way we consider cats. (Indeed, our riad staff often give the street cats water and leftovers!!) In this way the Marrakech cats are a lot more independent and more carefree than the cats we know and love.
Just as everywhere in the world, the cats and kittens of Marrakech divide opinion. Some love the cats and find them cute and adorable, while others aren’t so interested and would rather keep their distance. This rule applied for both tourists and locals alike. Yet, due to the independent nature of the cats of Marrakech are not used to attention and will probably shy away from a loving hand. Similarly, if cats aren’t your cup of tea – or rather, your cup of mint tea – then it is quite easy to avoid them.
Ultimately, whatever you think about them, the cats and kittens of the medina are genuine Marrakchi locals and are just one of the many things which makes the red city such a unique and interesting place to visit. Why not book at stay at our luxury riads today?
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Set off the famous Jemaa el Fna Square, Passage Prince Moulay Rachid – or Le Prince Street as it is known to the locals – is one of the most popular streets in the Marrakech Medina. The street connects the main square to the south of the Medina including the long distance taxi rank, the El Badi Palace and the Saadian Tombs and is a vital passageway for those exploring Marrakech on foot both during the day and after nightfall.
The atmosphere of ‘Le Prince Street’ is not dissimilar from Las Ramblas in Barcelona: the wide pedestrian is lined with affordable roof terrace restaurants, coffee shops and small trading stalls selling a variety of the less traditional Marrakech souvenirs.
At night, the street comes alive with locals and tourists flocking to the main Jemaa el Fnaa Square. Marrakchi Del Boys set up small stalls selling children’s toys, cheap clothes and yet more souvenirs. Indeed, although Passage Prince Moulay Rachid is more commonly functions as a passage rather than a destination in itself, it is still an interesting addition to the ever-evolving cultural history of Marrakech.
There are a lot of things to do in Marrakech, but sometimes the hot Moroccan sun can take its toll. It is in these moments that even the most hardened traveller requires a café to relax, drink a refreshing drink and maybe even grab something to eat. Situated in Kasbah district, close to the entrance of the Saadian Tombs and the Bab Agnaou and Bab er Robb Medina gates, lies the Kasbak Café. The central location of this café, just a few minutes walk from Dar Habiba, makes it the perfect place to grab a cool beverage or something to drink whilst ticking off that tourist checklist.
Spread across 3 floors including an ample terrace, Kasbah café has a large menu of hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals and, our particular favorite, a wide range of delicious milkshakes made form real ice cream and milk. Delicious.
All around the world Morocco is famous for it’s carpets and many travellers land in Marrakech in search of a quality piece of authentic craftwork. But it is rare to find a carpet seller who sells quality products, at fixed prices, without the tourist-spiel. However, the El Wifak Carpet Cooperative, located in the Ensemble Artisanal in Marrakech’s Medina, is one such place.
Located just a five minute walk from the Koutoubia Mosque and Jemaa el-Fna, the Ensemble Artisanal is the antithesis of the Souks: the atmosphere is relaxed and the prices are fixed, so no haggling!! Whilst looking through the many shops at the Ensemble Artisanal, we stumbled across the El Wifak Carpet Cooperative and were welcomed by Mustapha Alaoui; who happily spent over half an hour with us talking about carpets, the cooperative and his life.
Mustapha told us that he used to work in the government’s department for Artisanal craftwork, checking the quality of carpets and grading them based on various criteria. It quickly became clear that this man had a strong passion for and a large knowledge of traditional Moroccan carpets; a passion and knowledge he was enthusiastic to share. He explained that, the historic isolation of rural communities meant that peoples of different areas developed very individual styles. He continued to explain that El Wifak sold three kinds of carpet: Berber ‘Kilim’ carpets, used for throws, rugs or hung on walls, Tapestry carpets, made from wool and Arabic carpets, also made from wool, which tended to be bigger in size. Where the ‘Kilim’ carpets were made in the Atlas Mountains in Berber villages, both the Tapestry and Arabic carpets are made by the El Wifak Cooperative.
El Wifak, Arabic for sharing equally or a group of people in agreement, consists of around 70 women who make the carpets sold in the shop. (Traditionally, in Morocco, women make carpets and pottery whilst Men make jewelry and metal utensils.) The most important this about the cooperative is that everyone profits from all these sales are shared equally and everyone benefits. So, if you are looking for a quality product from a reputable source, if you are looking for an ethically sourced souvenir, or even if you are just put off by haggling in the Souks then this is the place for you.
The Ensemble Artisanal and the El Wifak Cooperative is located at the start (or the end, depending which way round you walk) of the ‘Needle and Thread’ Medina Walk available for free MarrakechRiad app. If you would like to find out more about the free MarrakechRiad app, the ‘Woodworking’ walk or any of our other Medina walks then our Riad staff would be happy to help.
Once you have followed the small sign off Rue Mouassine, worked your way through the alleyways and knocked on the almost anonymous door to be let in, you are greeted with a warm welcome and an amazing interior.
Dar Cherifa can be found in one of the oldest Riads in Marrakech, dating back to the Saadian times. It has recently been lovingly restored by Abdelatif Ben Abdellah, one of the key figures behind the rejuvenation of the Medina. One thing that firsts strikes you about Dar Cherifa is the incredible use of space: there is a mix of bare untouched walls and original craftsmanship, with a unique centerpiece that hangs above the Riad before the blue Moroccan sky. Alongside some of the best Arabic architecture in Marrakech, the art itself is equally unique and is of a very high standard. Yet, unlike the larger contemporary galleries around the world, the fact that Dar Cherifa focuses on local talent makes it all the more unique.
Although the price of the artwork on display cost a fair bit more than your average postcard and probably won’t make it onto your souvenir list, the food and drink is very reasonably priced and we were given space, time and freedom to look round the gallery at our own leisure. Dar Cherifa is a space of culture that is accessible for everyone, well worth a visit.
Thousands of worshippers rose early today, Tuesday 29th of July, for the first day of Eid-el-Fitr to attend morning prayers. Eid, to use the shortened more common name, is a three-day festival that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. In Marrakech, the morning prayers on Eid happen all over the city in Mosques, communal spaces and, less frequently, at home. We were encouraged by local Marrakchis to come to watch the prayers that occurred in an area that runs alongside the Agdal garden, just beyond the Medina Ramparts, a short walk from Bab Agnaou and Bab er Rob. This required an early 6am start, but the experience was undoubtedly worth it. The Route d’Ourika – a wide, usually deserted road that leads to the expanse of land used for the morning prayers – was full of local Muslims, of all ages and backgrounds, a whole community coming together in celebration. The sight was truly heartwarming.
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Watching the morning prayers was a truly spectacular moment; the mid-prayer silence combined with the fresh morning air and low-lying sun to create an unforgettable sublime moment. Although all the locals warmly welcomed us, we decided to keep our distance from the actual event and observed the event from afar. Yet the whole event was truly magnificent, if you are luck enough to be in Marrakech during the next Eid celebrations, we strongly advise you to take this unique opportunity to observe Islam at such a significant time in the year. However, although we were told that everyone would be more than happy to take photos, it is important to be respectful and remember that this is a religious event.
Eid Mubarak everyone, hope you have a great few days!
Located just west of the Medina lies the Menara Gardens: a 12th Cent garden consisting of rows of olive groves, tall palm tree and beautiful flowers. These tall trees are occasionally accompanied by a modern addition to the park: the planes flying into the nearby Marrakech Menara Airport. However, far from being a disruptive distraction, these planes fly high above the gardens, merely acting as a reminder of the busy, bustling streets outside this oasis of peaceful serenity.
The centre-point of the Menera Gardens is a green tiled pavilion beside a large pool basin. This large expanse of water, supplied with water directly from the mountains, generates a microclimate that is noticeably cooler than the surrounding streets. We talked to some locals who told us that you can swim in the basin, but no-one ever does. This knowledge perhaps answers the mystery of the rows of benches that face the pool on the opposite side of the pavilion.
On a very clear day, if you are lucky, you can see the Atlas Mountains rising above the gardens. This, however, is not as common as the postcards would have you believe; but that is not to say that the Menara gardens still holds one of the city’s prettiest sights and, as it is just a short distance from the Medina, it is easy to see why the gardens are a popular local spot for picnics or romantic afternoons.
The Menara Gardens are open every day form 8.30am until nightfall and is perhaps best reached via a short taxi ride or a celeche trip. Entrance to the garden themselves is free, but there is a small 10dhs charge for access to the pavilion.
Whilst walking around Marrakech, it is impossible not to notice how many of the doors, window shutters and wooden tables are carefully adorned with exquisite carvings or intricately painted tessellated patterns. These humble items extend far beyond their functional use: the beautiful designs, that are so unique to the region, represent a certain respect for traditional design and artisanal techniques that is prevalent throughout society.
Where it is easy to find small stalls in the Souks inhabited by skilled workers making beautiful wooden item like small boxes or chess sets, items that are perfect for souvenirs, it is perhaps more difficult to find the workshops that make the larger items like the Riad doors, the carved wooden panelling and so on. Located a short walk form the Jemaa el-Fna square, just metres away from Dar Habiba we found Abdil’s workshop. Abdil, a quiet man of little words, invited us into his space to show us his work: we looked through a series of beautifully painted panels that he uses as samples to demonstrate his work to clients before he showed us a carved doorframe he was currently working on for a Riad renovation. He explained that he mainly works for local businesses, but he has in the past also worked for visitors to Marrakech who wanted to take home a unique item to furnish their house. Perhaps you will need more than the basic hand luggage allowance to take home such an item, but a custom-made piece of artisanal history would maybe be the greatest souvenir of all.
Abdil’s shop is located just off the ‘Woodworking’ Medina Walk on the free MarrakechRiad app; but it is well worth the detour, especially if you are interested in bringing home a special memory of Morocco. If you would like to find out more about the free MarrakechRiad app, the ‘Woodworking’ walk or any of our other Medina walks then our Riad staff would be happy to help.
Lying at the northern point of the world famous Souks, hidden down a small alleyway off the main Souk passageways, it is possible to find a row of Iron workshops inhabited by local Marrakchis. Although this spot remains uncharted on the majority of tourist maps and guides, if you download our MarrakechRiad app and follow the ‘Iron and Clay’ Medina walk it is easy to navigate towards this secret corner of Marrakech.
Whilst exploring this area we spoke to Hakim, a local iron worker who invited us into his small workshop to show us the beautiful iron gate he was making. Hakim was reluctant to have his photograph taken (a common occurrence in Marrakech). Indeed, at this point in the Iron and Clay walk, it is important to remember that you are venturing into someone’s place of work; but it is this rare intimacy that makes this small section of the Souk so special: it is possible to glimpse the wonders of Marrakech beyond the tourist gaze as the iron designs that so popular across all of Marrakech and a remain a prominent feature in all of our Riads, are constructed in front of your eyes.
This area of the Souks are just a 5 minutes walk from Riad Cinnamon and Riad Star at the heart of the Medina. If you would like to find out more about the free MarrakechRiad app, the ‘Iron and Clay’ walk or any of our other Medina walks then our Riad staff would be happy to help.
Nestled in the heart of Gueliz you can find the first Church to be built in Marrakech, The Saint Martyrs Church (L’Eglise des Saints Martyrs). As seen in the photo above, The Saint Martyrs Church is located opposite an equally stunning Mosque on Rue el Iman Ali . The face to face, almost symmetrical configuration of these two places of worship is often seen by local Marrakchis as a symbol of inter-religous tolerance in modern Morocco.
This catholic church was built under the French protectorate in 1928; some historians claim that this church inspired the name of Marrakech’s new town, Gueliz. However, this is often disputed by others who claim that the origin of the word comes from the sandstone found in nearby quarries.
If you are visiting Marrakech and would like to attend a mass at the The Saint Martyrs Church, there is a mass every weekday at 6.30pm and a 10.30am mass and a 6.30pm vigil on Sundays. Our Riad staff would be more than happy to phone ahead to check these times are correct.
Commissioned by Ali Ben Yousef back in 1126, the ramparts that surround Marrakech’s old town have become the symbol of the red city. Standing at 8-10m high they once provided protection for the inhabitants of Marrakech and, until the early 20th century, the 10 gates that give access to the Medina (Marrakech’s old town) were locked every night. Today, the ramparts are a lot more welcoming. You will find that they are often lined with neat hedgerows, rose gardens and benches; indeed they have become a popular meeting and resting place for many locals.
You may notice that the walls themselves are marked with numerous holes. Where you could be fooled into believing that these holes were formed by canon blasts or birds looking for somewhere to nest, they are actually used to place scaffolding for restoration. Of course the ramparts have been extensively restored since their conception; indeed the reconstruction is a continual process as the pisé-cement walls, made of the red earth of the Haouz plains, gradually crumble.
To discover the ramparts you can take a caléche (a hourse drawn cart), for a four-hour ride including walking breaks at points of interest.
If you’re looking for a more historical perspective on Marrakech and Morocco or indeed just looking for a tranquil and interesting place to visit between the hustle and bustle of the markets and the souks then Marrakech Museum is what you’re looking for. The museum itself is a classic example of the local architecture meaning that is a pleasure simply to look at, never mind being inside, however once you do enter you can see why the museum is such a well known cultural spot within the city. The museum contains a number of historical items from Moroccan history, such as ancient swords or embroidery. These are all well presented and accompanied by informative descriptions which are all in clear and concise language. The collection of Moroccan cultural items is indeed impressive, with items ranging from the 14th to the 20th century all collated together for the culture hungry visitor to observe. The museum itself presents an excellent setting within which to situate these items, the central room with is three fountains and Islamic tiles particularly being a sight to behold, the tranquil tinkling of the fountains certainly adding to the already excellent atmosphere which is to be found within the museum.
The museum is not however only home to items from Morocco’s past it also has a modern art exhibition, which at time of writing plays host to work from distinguished French artist Yvan Gervais. His collection of impressionist-esque sceneries are truly a joy to behold and certainly add a modern twist to what otherwise would be a fairly traditional museum. The museum is also fairly cheap as one can buy a combined ticket for the museum, the local religious school and majorelle gardens for only 60 dirhams. This coupled with the museums location in the heart of the old town medina make it a must for any discerning visitor to Marrakech.
Opening Times: Every day from 9h to 18h
Entrance fee: 40dh
You can purchase a joint ticket to visit both the Musee De Marrakech and the Ben Youssef Medersa
Our Riads are situated less than 3 minutes walk from this essential site in the Marrakech Medina. There has never been a better time to book a stay, so reserve your room at one of our Riads now to avoid disappointment.
We never forget that our guests have a choice of places to stay. If you are traveling to Marrakech, why not experience the old town medina first hand in one of our boutique riad hotels?
Individual suites at Riad Cinnamon:
Luxurious en suite rooms at Riad Papillion:
Riad el Kenz, derb tolba 268, quartier Riad Laarouss Sidi Bouamar
Hotel Les Jardins de l’Agdal, Avenue Mohamed VI, Quartier de l’Hivernage
Hotel du Tresor, 77 Sidi Boulokat, Riad Zitoun kdim
Riad Mabrouka Marrakech, 56, Derb El Bahia, Riad Zitoune Jdid
Riad La Terrasse des Oliviers, 79, Derb Derdouba, Bab Doukkala – Médina
Riad el Fenn, Bab el Ksour, Medina
Riad Amin, 42 Place My Yazid Boutouil Kasbah
Riad Assalam, 13 touareg quartier berima
Riad Zinoun, 31, derb Ben Amrane, Riad Zitoune Kedim
Riad Bab Agnaou, 89, Derb Ettabal
Riad Dar Beldia, Sarl Dar Beldia, Derb Houara N°9, Berrima Medina
Riad Dar Oulhoum, 8 Db Kori Side Ben Sliman
Riad Dar Saba, Quartier Riad Laarouss, Derb Sidi Bouamer No 278
Le Riad Monceau, 7 / 8 derb Chaabane, Riad Zitoun Lakdim
Le Riad Chalymar, Derb Sharij No19
Riyad Lila Wa Leila, 15 Bis Kaat ben Nahid, Medina
Riad et Palais des Princesses, 37, 41 Derb Jamaa
Riad & SPA Esprit du Maroc, 12 a 17 derb Belbekkar, Zaouit lhardar Medina
Riad Dar Ftouma, 10 Derb Tizougarine, Bab Doukkala
Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa, Rue Harroun Errachid, Quartier de l’hivernage
Villa Al Assala Palmeraie, Route de Fes, KM 4, Tamsna
Riad Ifoulki, 11,Derb Mqqadem route Arset loghzail
Bled Al Fassia, Com Oulad Hassoune 19261, Douar, Sidi Mbarek, Si
Riad Basma, Dabachi, Derb Jamaa 22
Riad Lotus Privilege, 22 Fhal Zefriti, Quartier Ksour
Riad Anyssates, 144 Derb El Bomba, Arset Ihiri
Riad Houdou, El Moukef ,54 rue Issebtinne , Derb El Hammam
Riad Al Mansoura, Hay Essalam Derb Manchoura 11
Rose Sultan, route Ourika km11
Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial, Rue Harroun Errachid, Hivernage
Tichka Salam, Semlalia Route de Casablanca BP 894, Triangle d’Or
Riad Maison Belbaraka, Riad Laarouss Derb Asafrou Sidi Bouamer No 242
Riad Lotus Pearl, 22 Fhal Zefriti, Quartier Ksour-Medina
Bab Hotel, Angle bd Mansour Eddahbi
P’tit Habibi, 59, bis Sidi Ghanem, Zaouia Bab Lakhmis
Hotel & Ryads Naoura Barriere, Rue Djebel Alakhdar
Le Palais Rhoul & Spa, Route de Fes, km 6, Dar Tounsi
Les Jardins de La Koutoubia, 26 Rue de la Koutoubia
Riad Adika, 286 Derb Sidi Bouamar, Quartier Riad Laârouss
Riad Bahia, 66, jnan Ben Chegra, Quartier Mellah
Riad Al Badia, 135 Derb Ahl Souss
Le Meridien N’Fis, Avenue Mohammed VI
Riyad Edward, Derb Marestane 10, Zaouia, Abbassia
Riad la Croix Berbere, 8 Derb Fhal Zefriti Laksour
Suite Novotel Marrakech, Rue Haroun Errachid, Quartier de l’hivernage
Dar Al Hamra, N 4 Derb Zaouia, Rue Rmila
Riad Awinati, La Kasbah, Rue du Mechouar n0 255
Riad Vendome & Spa, 217 Derb El Halfaoui, Dar El Bacha
Kasbah Bab Ourika, Ourika valley
Riad Azenzer, 109 Derb Sebaat Ourijal, Quartier Moukef
Riad el Noujoum, 50, Derb Ben Zina, Kasbah
La Mamounia, Avenue Bab Jdid
Amanjena, Route de Ouarzazate, km 12, Amelkis
Hotel Atlas, Derb Sidi Bouloukat
Riad Hidden, 117, Derb Dabachi
Dar Rhizlane, Avenue Jnane el Harti, Hivernage
Riad Abaka, 21, Derb Roukni, Laksour – Médina
Best Western Tikida Garden, Circuit de la Palmeraie
La Maison des Oliviers, Douer Lgouacem – Tasoultante
Riad Nabila, 3, derb El Farrane , Sidi Ghalem, Zaouia El Abbassia
Domaine des Remparts Hotel & Spa, Km 4 Route de Fes “vers Tallaght”, BP. 2708
Ksar Char-Bagh, Palmeraie de Marrakech
Riad Villa Harmonie, Derb Touareg 23
AnaYela, Derb Zerwl No 28
Riad Bamboo, rue dabachi derb Hejra No 46
Riad Al-Boraq, Zaouia El Abbassia 49, Derb Taht Sour Lakbir
Riad Morgane, 39, derb Sidi Lahcen ou Ali, Bab Doukkala, Médina
Riad Dar Mo Da, 182 Rue El Mouasine
Club Lookea Issil, Circuit de la Palmeraie, BP 1572, Hay Mohamadi
Kenzi Menara Palace, Zone de l’Agdal, av Mohamed VI
Eden Andalou, km 9 route d’Amezmiz
Casa Lalla, Rue Riad Zaitoune Lakdime – 16 Derb Jamaa, Marrakech Medina
Moroccan House Hotel, 3, Rue Loubnane, Guéliz
Riad Zarka, 143 Derb Aarjane, Rahba Lakdima
L Mansion Marrakech, km 9 route de Ourzazate
Hivernage Hotel & Spa, Angle Ave Echouhada et Rue des Temples, Quartier Hivernage
Dar Tuscia, 91 Dior Jdad Zaouia Elabbessia Bad Doukala
Riad Daria, 186, derb Chtouka
Le Pavillon Du Golf, Les Jardins de La Palmeraie, Circuit de la Palmeraie, Boite Postale 1488
Riad Christina, 136, derb Jdid, Derb Dabachi – Médina
Riad Little Paradise, La Palmeraie
Riad Zen House, 230, Arset Ben Brahim, Arset Ihiri, Bab Doukkala
Kasbah Agounsane, Route d’Ourika KM35, Piste Douar Agounsane, Ourika
Infinity Sea, Sidi Ben Slimane Derb Ihihane 25
Kasbah Tiwaline, Bab Atlas, Palmeraie
Diwane Hotel, 24 rue Yougoslavie, Guéliz
Club les Almoravides, Arset Djenan Lakdar
Riad Lotus Ambre, 22 Fhal Zefriti, Quartier Ksour-Medina
Ksar Catalina, 120 Jawhar
Le Riad Monceau, 7 / 8 derb Chaabane, Riad Zitoun Lakdim
Kasbah Caracalla, Km 27 Route de l’Ourika, Dara AL Jaouad – Douar Chaaba
Palmeraie Golf Palace & Resort, Les Jardins de la Palmeraie, Circuit de la Palmeraie
Kenzi Club Medina, Residences Hivernage. Bloc B, Avenue Mohamed VI (ex Avenue France)
Hotel Amani Appart, 11, Rue Aboubakr Sediq
Terre Resort & Spa, West Palmaraie, La Palmeraie
Le Gallia, 30 Rue de la Recette
Riad Dar Shana, 80 Bis Derb Mejjat Bab Ailane
Riad Le Spahi, 6 derb el hammann bab ailen
La Villa Nomade, 7 Derb el Marstane Zaouia El Abbasia Bab Taghzout, Médina
Riad Dar Zaouia, Derb Zaouia No 1
Lodge K, Route de Fez km. 5, Dar Tounsi
Kenzi Semiramis Hotel, Route de Casablanca, Quartier Semlalia
Kasbah Le Mirage, Ouahat Sidi Brahim
Club Med la Palmeraie, Sidi Yahya la Palmeraie
Riad Amssaffah, 1, Foundouk El Melha
Riads des Princesses, 37, Riad Zitoune El Kedim, Derb Jemaa
Riad Dama, 1 Derb El Boumba, Arset El Houte, Medina
Riad Fabiola, Derb El Makina 14, Bab Ghmat, Quartier Arset El Misfioui, Medina
Riad Attouyour, Derb Lala Azouna 51
Auberge de Tameslohte, Douar Laaouina, Bp 80 Tameslohte
Riad Mauresque, 134, derb kach kach, Derb Dabachi – Médina
Riad Ksiba, Derb Kbala No 147, Marrakech Medina
Ryad Mogador Menzah, Avenue Mohammed VI
Riad BB Marrakech, 34 Fhal Zefriti
Hotel Sherazade, Derb Djama 3 t Riad Zitoun L’Kedim
Riad Moucharabieh, 27 Derb l’Hotel, Bab Doukkala
Hotel Kenzi Farah, Avenue du President Kennedy
Club Med Marrakech le Riad, Sidi Yahya
Dar Seven, Kaa Sour 7, Medina
Riad Dar Rassam, 103 Derb El Qadi Azbezt
Les jardins d’Ines, Les Jardins de La Palmeraie, Circuit de la Palmeraie, Boite Postale 1488
Jnane Mogador, 116 Riad Zitoune Kedim, Derb Sidi Bouloukat
Riad L’Orchidee, 42-43 Sidi Bouamar Riad Larousse, Médina
Riad Barroko, derb zaouia 26 bab doukkala
Demeures d’Orient, 10, Arset Ben Nasser, Riad Laarous
Angsana Riad Lydines, 45 derb Abda, Kasbah
Dar Pangal, 132 Derb Chtouka, Kasbah, Medina
Riad Khamssa, Bab El Khemis Sidi Ghanem Derb Ben Khalti, 2
Dar Saria, derb Ouiahah no46 – quartier Sidi Abdel Aziz
Es Saadi Hotel, Ave Qadissia
Atlas Medina & Spa, Ave Hassan 1 er
Golden Tulip Farah Marrakech, Avenue du President Kennedy
Riad Shama, 22 Taht sour Ikbir, Zaouia Abbassia
Ryad Mogador Menara, Avenue Mohammed VI
Riad des Eaux, 24 Derb Lakhadar Riad Zitoun Lakdim Medina
Dar Abiad, 95, bis Sidi Ghanem – Zaouia, Bab Lakhmis – Médina
Riad Hugo, 33 Derb Demnale, The Kabalah
Dar Liqama, Douar Abiad
BlueBay Marrakesh, Douar Ouled Berrahmoun, El Bour, Route de Casablanca
Club Marmara Madina, BAB Atlas – Route de Fes
Riad Hamza, 108, Rue Sidi Bouloukat
Palais Riad Batoul, Angle Arset Lamaach et Dr. Linares
Riad Al Andaluz, 71, Diour Jdad Zaouia El Abassia, Medina
Hotel ZAHIA Marrakech, av Abdelkrim El Khattabi
Hotel Chems, Old town
Hotel le Caspien, 12 Rue Loubnane Gueliz
Hotel ZAHIA Marrakech, av Abdelkrim El Khattabi
Les Jardins de Touhina, Route de Ouarzazate
Riad Quenza, 24, Derb N’Kahl Rabba Lakdima
Dar Naima, 1 derb Ouartani, Mouassine Medina
Ibis Moussafir Marrakech Centre Gare, Avenue Hassan II, Place De La Gare
Residence Al Qantara, Zone Touristique de l’Agdal
Riad Calista, 195 der el tchouka
Sangho Club Privilege Marrakech, PO Box 1567, Daoudiate
Riad Darkoum, 24, Derb Bounouar, Elmoukef
Ibis Moussafir Marrakech Centre Gare, Avenue Hassan II, Place De La Gare
Le Domaine de L’Ourika, km 9 route de l’Ourika
Murano Resort Marrakech, Douar Abiad La Palmeraie
Riad Idra, Derb Tizougarine 105, Dar El Bacha
Dar El Assafir, 24 bis, Arset el Hamed, Bab Doukkala
Riad Dar Nabila, 71 Derb el Boumba, Medina
Riad Chorfa, 6, Derb Chorfa El kebir – Mouassine
Dar Loula, 102, derb Sabaa, Quartier Berrima
Ibis Marrakech Palmeraie, Ave Abdelkrim Khattabi, Route de Casablanca
Tropicana Hotel Club Paladien, rte de casa
Hotel club Eldorador Palmeraie, zone agdal, avenue mohammed VI
Palais Soltan Riad & Spa, Boulevard Mohamed VI, Zone, Touristique Agdal
Riad Tammou, Km 15 Route de Ouarazazate, Chwiter
Corail Hotel, 18 Avenue Hassan II, Gueliz
Marrakech Ryads Parc and Spa, Douer Ouled Benrrahmoun, El Bour
Hotel Sindi Sud, Riad Zitoun Lakdim Derb Sidi Bouloukate 109
Mandarin Oriental Jnan Rahma, Bab Atlas, Palmeraie
Hotel Atlas Asni, Avenue de France
Riad Zagouda, 58, Derb Djid, Royaume du Maroc
Riad Opale Design, 7 derb Ihihane Sidi ben Slimane
Riad Terra Bahia, No9 Derb Jdid, Quartier Assalam, Marrakech médina
Palais des Congres, Avenue Mahomed VI
Riad Fatinat Marrakech, Arset Aouzel 61
Palais Lorhzal, 15 Rue albissate Dar Tounsi, Route De Fes
Riad SADAKA, Sidi Almed Soussi, 34
Vatel Hotel Golf & Spa, Km 13, route d’Amizmiz
Villa d’hotes, Km 12 rue de tahennaout
Royal Mirage Deluxe Marrakech, Rue Paris, Hivernage
Atlas Targa & Resort, Douar Bouchareb Targa
Kenzi Club Oasis, Commune Rurale Ouahat
Ryad Mogador Hotel, Angle Blud 11 Janvier Blud Prince Moulay Abdellah, Bab Doukkala
Kenzi Club Agdal Medina, Avenue Mohamed VI, Zone Touristique Agdal
Riad Bahja, 24 Derb J’did Bab Doukkala
Riad Douzi, 123 Dreb el Aarjan, Medina el Qedima
Hotel Douar Al Hana Resort & Spa, Melk Dahman Rehamena Sud Lieu, dit Zaouiat Ben sassi cercle el bour
Dar R’Mane, 27 Derb Snane, Mouassine – Médina
Auberge Le Maquis, Vallee de l’Ourika – km45, Aghbalou
Marhbabikoum, 43 Derb l’habib el magni
Club Med Marrakech, Place Djemaa-el-Fna
Coralia Club Marrakech Palmariva, Route de Fes – Km6
Ryad Mogador Opera Hotel, Av Mohammed VI
Riad Dar Zinnia, Souika Laarifa, 76, Kasbah
Riad Hotel Assia, 32, calle de la Recette, Riad El Mokha, Jamaa El Fna
Hotel Central Palace, 59 Sidi Bouloukate Marrakech Maroc
Imperial Holiday, 30 avenue Moulay R’chid, Gueliz
Ryad Mogador Agdal, Avenue Mohamed VI, Zone Touristique Agdal
The Cities of Fez, Meknes, Marrakech and Rabat are known as the Imperial Cities of Morocco. All four have served as Capital Cities of Morocco and indeed substantial Empires beyond. Rabat remains the administrative Capital today although Casablanca is very much the most important City for business.
Our Marrakech Riad Cinnamon has two luxurious suites inspired by Imperial Cities. The Fez suite has vaulted ceilings in the private Haman bathroom and a hand carved Cedar four poster bed. The Meknes suite is one of our best rooms featuring a traditional Moucharabeh balcony and even a fireplace! Reserve accommodation today!
Located on the Casablanca road out of Marrakech in the Commercial and shopping complex that includes the Marjane hypermarket there is a double height childrens play area and ball pond that is as impressive as anything we have seen in Europe. Usually open all day and into the early evening.
If you are planning a visit to Marrakech, Stay in one of our traditonal Riads and experience the ancient medina first hand.
Chez Yassine is a well kept secret. A super little cafe located on the Rue Fatim Zohra just round the corner from the Dar El Bashah Palace. Yassine serves delicious and inexpensive Moroccan dishes. We are particularly fond of his freshly prepared vegetable soups. The best tables are upstairs.
Our Marrakech Riads offer the perfect location from which to explore the Medina of Marrakech and our staff will help you to find the best and safest places to eat, from local cafes like this to international fine dining. Reserve Accommodation today!
Cafe France is a Marrakech institution, located at the north west corner of the Jemaa al Fnaa it has been a meeting place and watering hole for Europeans since the days of the French Protectorate in Morocco. It was redecorated at the end of 2009 and inconveniently for the new visitor the Cafe France sign was not repainted over the front. Despite this Cafe France can’t be classified as a well kept secret! This is an excellent place for people watching and provides a comfortable shady spot to while away summer afternoons.
The building is rumoured to have been sold recently with a scandalous suggestion that it may reopen as a McDonalds restaurant. Surely this would not be allowed in the historic Jemaa al Fnaa which is a UNESCO world heritage site?
What better base could you have to explore the historic medina of Marrakech than one of our boutique Riad Hotels? Marrakech Riad Cinnamon is located near to the Marrakech Museum, Marrakech Riad Papillon is near to the Palace at Dar El Bashah. Reserve accommodation today
The Cafe Ben Youssef, Marrakech, Morocco opened in February 2010. Pictured to the right is the traditonal gift of warm milk and dates shared with friends and neighbours on the day of the opening. Look out for the colourful and impressive reclaimed entrance door.
The cafe is conveniently located near the Ben Youssef Mosque in the Central Medina just around the corner from Marrakech Riad Cinnamon. The cafe is open for lunch and throughout the afternoon serving tea, juices, and a variety of delicious simple foods including an ingenious ‘panini’ made with Marrakech medina bread and served hot from the grill.
As of June 2011 the Cafe was closed, we hope to see it reopen for the Autumn season.
Our Marrakech Riad hotels are centrally located in the Medina, the Souks and the best of Marrakech are on your doorstep. Reserve Accommodation today! If you have enjoyed Cafe Ben Youssef post a comment below and share your experience with others.
Just a few doors south of the well known Cafe Arabe at 180 Rue Mouassine is a pleasant and inexpensive cafe serving tea and simple foods at lunch time and throughout the afternoon. A group of Marrakech ‘water sellers’ live upstairs, you might catch a glimpse of them slipping out in their brightly coloured traditional costumes.