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.
Medina living is a very special experience with centuries old homes woven together in an intricate tapestry. In the Medina of Marrakech there is a huge variety of accommodation from modest houses to palaces, from the street it is almost impossible to guess what is behind each door.
A stay in a Riad in the Medina offers an opportunity to sample a very special atmosphere. Guests at our Marrakech Riads are particularly spoiled both by their comfortable surroundings and our fantastic staff.
The famous Marrakech Tanneries are located to the East of the Medina and offer a fascinating opportunity to see an ancient craft alive and well in the twenty first century. The tanners use their skill and judgement to progress animal hides through a succession of processes essentially unchanged from those used by their forbears centuries ago. Many of the tanneries offer guided tours and there are opportunities to purchase finished leather goods at reasonable prices.
The Earth Cafe is the the only western style vegetarian restaurant in Marrakech and the food is truly outstanding as well as great value for money with main dishes from 60 dirhams. The extensive menu caters also for vegans and is regularly updated featuring fresh produce from the owners organic farm near to Marrakech. The juices are also fantastic, last time we visited our group of nine tried five different seasonal juices and they were all excellent.
The Earth Cafe can be tricky to find the first time you visit. It is located to the South East of the Jemaa al Fnaa square accessed via the well know street ‘Zitoun Kedim’. Look out for signs hanging over the street advertising Earth Cafe then turn right into Derb Zawak and look up to see the Earth Cafe sign.
Reservations are not usually necessary but your Marrakech Riad staff will be happy to phone ahead for you, in any event you can be sure of a warm reception.
Marrakech Riad is owned by English couple Mike and Lucie Wood who personally supervised the renovation of Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon both of which are situated in ideal locations within the Medina of Marrakech Morocco.
Each Riad has five great en suite guest rooms all individually designed and furnished. The cosy and private facilities are ideal for a romantic break, or renting a whole Riad provides a fantastic location for a wedding or special occasion family party.
Our friendly Moroccan staff will immediately make you feel at home. They speak English, French and Arabic and always have time to guide and help you to make the most of the Medina experience. There are plenty of UK plug adaptors and we provide ipod docking stations in each room as well as Wifi accross the hotel.
Written in Arabic مراكش foreigners interchangeably use ‘Marrakech‘ from the French and ‘Marrakesh‘ from the English. Riad sometimes written Riyad, Riyadh or Ryad means garden, and describes mediaeval Medina houses that open inward to a garden courtyard. Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon are great examples of how these ancient buildings can be given a new lease of life as luxury boutique hotels offering guests an essentially Moroccan experience.
The terms Riad (literal meaning garden) and Dar (literal meaning house) are somewhat interchangeable in Marrakech. Strictly speaking a Riad is a garden house built around a courtyard or patio. Some would say that a true riad requires four trees in a formal setting.
The broader term Dar includes even the finest Riads but also dwellings that are more modest in scale and outlook.