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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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.

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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.

Reserve accommodation today at our outstanding Marrakech Riads which provide the perfect base from which to explore the centuries old Medina.

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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 rustic interior is reminiscent of the ‘hippy paradise’ of Chefchaouen in Northern Morocco, and the atmosphere relaxed and casual.

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.

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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.

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Marrakech or Marrakesh? Riad, Riyad, Riyadh or Ryad?

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.

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The terms Riad (literal meaning garden) and Dar (literal meaning house) are somewhat interchangeable in Marrakech. Riad Papillon formerly the kitchen to the adjacent homeStrictly 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.

Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon have both been sympathetically renovated as luxury boutique hotels.

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There is an abundance of property for sale in Marrakesh from traditional Riads in the ancient Medina (old town) to modern Marrakech Villas in the booming Palmeraie and the areas surrounding the walled city. However Real Estate in Marrakech requires patience, particularly in the Medina, and some of the best bargains are not to be found in places other than the internet or the windows of real estate agents.



Looking for a second home?Some of the most stunning new developments in the world of property, Marrakech Villas are sure to exceed your expectation and are relatively easy to buy off plan.



Traditionally Riads in Marrakesh are not marketed on an exclusive basis by western style-agencies. Rather their availability is quietly made known to the network of local ‘Samsar’ who introduce and mediate on behalf of potential buyers. By investing time getting to know the samsar personally the potential buyer gains access to a world of stunning properties for renovation, but as always- buyer beware – in Arabic the word samsar has a double meaning. He is a carrier of poison as well as the carrier of the keys!


Riad Cinnamon

The locations of Riad Papillon and particularly Riad Cinnamon in the heart of the medina makes them outstanding bases to research and explore Marrakesh property. The diversity of real estate for sale in Marrakech is such that property hunting is a holiday pursuit in its own right! and the samsar are as willing to accommodate browsing potential buyers as any of the boutique owners in the famous Marrakech Souks.


Spices in the Souk in MarrakechThe Marrakech Souks are great fun to explore whether on your own or with a guide. For centuries craftsmen and merchants have congregated in specialist souks including areas for metalworkers, leatherworkers, dyers, carpets, spices, traditional medicines and many others.

Metalwork in the Marrakech SouksThere was a time when the persistent attention of hustlers and self appointed guides made it difficult for the faint hearted to explore and enjoy the famous Marrakech Souks. Today the whole area is effectively policed by specialist Tourist Brigade Police and tour guides are licensed. Wander at leisure before returning to the comfort of your Marrakech Riad base.

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