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.

Our luxury Riads, set in the heart of the Marrakech Medina, act as the perfect base from which to explore the red city and uncover the secrets of Marrakech. So why not see what we have to offer here.

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.

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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.

As the call to prayer resonates throughout Jemaa el Fna a strange process starts to take place throughout the square, strange rectangular market stalls appear to pop up from nowhere in the centre of the square and within a few brief minutes the enticing smell of cooking Moroccan food wafting over the square can be smelt.

This may seem like a wonderful prospect, and indeed in many ways it is in that one is given the opportunity to eat like a true Moroccan in an authentic environment. Indeed this is made fairly clear as often with many stalls the majority off their clientèle are locals, however the problem arises from the fact that are so many stalls to choose from and to the uninitiated it can prove a daunting task to disseminate between them. There is also the issue that all the stalls have people who walk around by their stalls and try and persuade you to come and eat on their stall, this can mean that those without firm resolve or a clear idea of where they want to go can end up just eating at the first stall they find on their way. One of the best stalls in the square that this author has tried is stall #12, it like the majority of the stalls serves a fairly identikit fare of various shish kebabs, salads, Tajines and couscous.

The great value for money and amazing atmosphere that’s found in Jemaa el Fna along with the sense that one is having a truly authentic Moroccan experience means that no trip to Marrakech is complete without a dining experience in the square. Our Riads are situated a short 5-10 minute walk away from the square meaning that if you choose to stay with us you can eat in the square at your leisure or enjoy one of our own superbly cooked meals by our excellent staff, either way you’re in for a wonderful experience. Why not book a room today? And soon you too could be enjoying the wonders of Jemaa el Fna and the delights of Marrakech.

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The Majorelle Gardens situated in the heart of Marrakech’s fashionable Gueliz district is a botanical and artistic sight to behold, originally designed and constructed by Jacques Majorelle a French expat in 1924 during the colonial period of Marrakech when the area was a French protectorate. It is therefore one of the rare number of European landscaped gardens in Morocco and indeed in Marrakech and is renowned for it’s beautiful array of flora. The gardens in fact house one of the largest collections of rare and exotic plants in North Africa, making them an interesting proposition for anyone interested in plants or indeed anyone who wishes to see a majestic array of interesting and exotic trees and bushes.

The garden is split into a number of sections each featuring a different type of plant. Of particular interest are the water based plants which are interesting to find in such a dry country as Marrakech and look very impressive. Another thing which is particularly enjoyable is the canopy formed by the larger trees which allow individuals to walk around the garden and marvel at the plants whilst staying cool. The Gardens were bought by Yves Saint-Laurent in 1992 and were maintained by him until his death in 2008, there is now a small memorial in the gardens dedicated to his memory which provides a poignant reflection on his life. There is also a museum which at the time of writing was closed for repairs and refurbishments but which will be reopening in September 2011.

The Gardens are also fairly good value for money as they cost 50 dirhams to enter which at the time of writing is around £3, there is also a fairly pleasant café where one can relax and drink a coffee and simply marvel at the horticultural wonders of the gardens. The location of the Gardens is also fairly convenient as it is placed just north of the Medina making it easily to possible to walk there without over-tiring oneself or becoming lost. Our Riads are perfectly situated in the north of the Medina to visit this wonderful botanical garden and to take in the wonderful sights and sounds of the Medina in general. Book a room without delay to enjoy these gardens and the other wonderful sights and sounds that Marrakech has to offer.

Opening Times: Its open every day as the following :
-1st oct to 30th apr from 8h00 to 17h30
-1st May to 30th Sept from 9h00 to 17h00
Entrance fee: Garden 50 dh / Museum : 25dh




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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.

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The hottest restaurant recommendation in Marrakech. Packed with expats but rarely visited by tourists. Reservation is essential Tuesday to Saturday, on Sunday and Monday le Studio is closed.

Established in 2011 in the heart of the up and coming new town of Marrakech, Le Studio is a smart and very stylish restaurant boasting an outstanding menu of French culinary classics with an international twist. The Thai Beef particularly is to be recommended, and indeed it would seem that beef is this restaurants speciality, naturally it being Morocco it was never going to be pork, but without a doubt nearly all the beef dishes in the restaurant are exceptional. That is not to say that the beef averse should not visit this restaurant, there is also a fine selection of other dishes, including very pleasant fish and vegetarian offerings. One can even partake in a very fine foie gras if they are inclined to do so. These fine dishes are naturally complimented by an excellent wine selection bringing together some truly outstanding Moroccan wines which are specially tailored to the menu.

The staff are very friendly and attentive, speaking both French and English and they certainly give a very fine representation of the restaurant as a whole. The manager one Steeve Verbeek is a most accommodating individual and a very pleasant man to encounter whilst having in a meal in his fine restaurant, indeed the feeling of a truly personal service is one which of the things which helps to make a visit to Le Studio such an enjoyable and memorable experience. The décor of the restaurant is also very impressive, sticking naturally to the theme that its name implies the layout is a chic homage to an Hollywood studio, with the furniture and the layout oozing style. Not only this but the restaurant sports a rather interesting retractable roof, allowing for cool eating in during the often rather warm Moroccan nights. All in all if you are looking for an excellent meal in Marrakech in elegant and stylish surroundings then one should look no further than Le Studio. It is situated on avenue Mouley Rachid behind the popular café de poste. A mere 5 minute taxi drive or a 15 minute walk, our Riads are in a prime position to take advantage of this exciting new culinary development. Book our Riads now to avoid disappointment.

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The oldest building in Marrakech is the Kouba Baroudiyine, the washrooms from the original Mosque built by, and named after Ben Yussef the second King of the Almoravid dynasty. Sadly this is the only remaining example of the highly decorated architecture of this period. It features some fantastic details which are echoed in later islamic buildings.

The Kouba was completed in the year 1117 and the foundations have an inscription which is believed to be the oldest inscription in cursive script in the whole of North Africa.  It reads ‘I was created for science and prayer, by the prince of the believers, descendant of the prophet, Abdallah, most glorious of all Caliphs. Pray for him when you enter the door, so that you may fulfill your highest hopes.’

To the east of the Koubba are a series of vaulted chambers which were reservoirs for the washroom was supplied by water from the Atlas mountains channelled through the remarkable Almoravid system of canals and underground channels that also fed the public fountains of Marrakech and made possible the remarkable growth of the walled city in this period.

Opening Times: Every day from 9h to 13h and from 14h30 to 18h
Entrance fee: 10 dh

Our Riad Cinnamon is located just a few hundred yards from the Kouba. The great thing about staying in such a central location is you can enjoy the monuments and museums, retreat to the privacy of the Riad, then go out again to the hustle and bustle of the souks!  Reserve accommodation today!

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From April 2nd  airline bmi will operate a Heathrow to Marrakech return service three times a week: Monday; Friday; Sunday. The flights will be operated using A319 aircraft with both business and economy cabins.

A Riad hotel in the heart of the old town is the perfect place for your Marrakech break. Reserve accommodation today!

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:

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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

Hotel Imouzzer

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

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The Cafe des Epices (Spice Cafe) is a charming inexpensive cafe located on the historic Rahba Kedima square just north of the main Jemma al Fnaa. Historically the Rahba Kedima was the Marrakech slave market, today it is a bustling showcase for a variety of crafts as well as a centre for herbalists and spice sellers.

We like the Cafe des epices as a venue for  a light lunch or just as a place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the souks.

Our Marrakech Riads offer the perfect base for you Marrakech City break.

Marrakech Jemaa al Fnaa Map

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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

Marrakech Jemaa al Fnaa Map

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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.

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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.

Styled as the Cafe Berber it is has traditional Berber stools and warm Berber hospitality. If you have visited and enjoyed the Cafe Berber add a comment below and share your experiences with others.

If you are planning to visit Marrakech why not stay in the heart of the Medina in one of our Marrakech Riads. Contact us today to make your reservation.

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Dar Yacout is a Marrakech institution, the owner Mohamed Zkhiri is a prominent citizen and until recently served as the honorary British Consul. One of the most flamboyant buildings in the Red City, Yacout was created under the direction of the late Bill Willis, a renowned american architect. A little out of the way in the North Medina, it is worth visiting for its interior and decor alone.

One of the courtyard gardens at Dar Yakout, MarrakechOpen in the evenings from Tuesday to Sunday Dar Yacout offers a fine dining menu of Moroccan specialities at about fifty Euros per person including aperitifs and wine. The service is superb at Dar Yacout, carefully choreographed and bordering on theatrical.

Stay in our centrally located Marrakech Riads and our staff will help with reservations for the restaurant of your choice. Make contact today!

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The aptly named Souk Kafe opened in March 2010.  Mike and Lucie of Marrakech Riad were the first customers! The Cafe is located  at the northern end of the famous Souks at  11 derb Souk Jeldid  about 50 metres south from the well known shrine of Sidi Abdelaziz just around the corner from Riad Cinnamon and less than five minutes from Riad Papillon. There is a large straw teapot on the roof terrace which makes Souk Cafe easy to spot from other roof terraces in the central medina.

There are two comfortable lounges as well as a roof terrace with great views. The menu includes moroccan standards like tagine and cous cous served with tea, soft drinks and juices. It is possible to eat well here for less than ten euros.

Marrakech is a vibrant and exciting destination with new cafes and restaurants opening every month. Reserve Accommodation today in our stunning Marrakech Riads in the heart of the old town Medina.

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