The 7 Saints is a cosy Café-Restaurant in the southern reaches of the central square of Marrakech, Jemaa al-Fnaa.

At the 7 Saints you will be able to find traditional Moroccan cuisine as well as good variety of European dishes such as panini’s and pizzas.

It’s easy to glance over the name, ‘7 Saints’ and not think anything of it, however the restaurant takes it’s title from 7 holy men who came to live in the red city in times long gone past. Under the Berber Almoravid dynasty, Marrakech became the capital of an Empire that spread through North Africa and into Spain.

In this time of great prosperity and opulence, the red city became a cultural and religious magnet. Over time 7 Holy saints of Islam came to live and die within the ramparts of Marrakech. The significance of this is huge, if you were to ask Marrakshi locals which city they hail from in Darija Arabic, in passing some would reply, “from the 7 Saints” as opposed to Marrakech.

Intriguing local history aside, the 7 Saints is the ideal place to cool down and enjoy some refreshments after a day spent under the rays of the fierce Moroccan sun. Unlike many restaurants in the square the 7 Saints is equipped with mist sprays and excellent WiFi.

Ask a waiter for a café special, for only 10 Dirhams (£0.75) you will be presented with a rich, creamy and slightly sweet local coffee that makes the perfect partner to a Moroccan salad.

Moroccan Salad

The 7 saints is a five minute stroll from the Riad Dar Habiba, a traditional Moroccan Riad converted into a luxury hotel, conveniently located directly in the heart of the Marrakech Medina.

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Seven Saints, Marrakech

Many religious figures are buried in Marrakech but in the seventeenth century the Moulay Ismail assigned particular significance to seven such men (loosely translated as the seven saints) with diverse backgrounds each in their own way significant to the history of Marrakech and the Kingdom of Morocco. A traditional pilgrimage has been respected since the time of Moulay Ismail in which over the course of a day pilgrims visit the seven in a particular order starting with Sidi Youssef Ben Ali in the South East of the medina and proceeding anticlockwise.

City of the Seven Men

In the rest of Morocco Marrakech is still often known to as the City of the Seven Men and a trip to Marrakech could be referred to as a visit to the Seven Men.

Sidi Youssef Ben Ali. A twelfth century leper.

Caid Ayad. An eleventh century theologian.

Sidi Bel Abbes. A great patron of the poor and particularly the blind in the twelfth century, even today food is distributed regularly at his tomb or Zaouia. The most important of the Seven, sometimes referred to as the Patron Saint of Marrakech.

Sidi Ben Slimane. A descendant of the prophet Mohammed and renowned sixteenth century theologian.

Sidi Abd El Aziz. A fifteenth century theologian. His mausoleum is very near to Rue Baroudiyine a short walk from Marrakech Riad Cinnamon.

Sidi Moulay el Ksour. A follower of Sidi Abdel Aziz who led the resistance to the Portugese when they attacked Marrakech in the early sixteenth century.

Sidi Es Souheili. A twelfth century scholar of Islamic law.

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