The first day of Ramadan is anticipated around the 19th of July 2012. This is an extremely important month in the Moslem calendar when practicing Moslems do not eat or drink during the hours of daylight and offer more prayer than usual.

The main tourist attractions in Marrakech remain open during Ramadan with some slight adjustments to opening hours. The famous Souks offering a fantastic variety of merchandise to tourists also remain open and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants which are also open throughout the day catering for non muslims.  After dark the streets are especially lively with a buzz that continues into the small hours.

In our Marrakech Riad hotels we ask that guests respect the time around 7.15 pm when the staff are breaking their fast.  The people of Marrakech are tolerant and welcoming but it is courteous for visitors be sensitive to the importance of Ramadan. We would suggest not  drinking or eating conspicuously in the the street, women should also consider dressing modestly in public avoiding low cut tops and very short skirts. There is plenty of opportunity to sunbathe on the private roof terrace of your Riad Hotel!

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Pharmacie de la Place, Jemaa al Fnaa, Marrakech-1

Pharmacists in Morocco can dispense many drugs, for example antibiotics, that would require a prescription in Europe.

The Pharmacie de la place is conveniently located overlooking the main Jemaa al Fnaa square and has exceptionally helpful staff.

There are many other chemists in both the medina and the new town. Your Riad staff will be pleased to help you locate a pharmacy.

Marrakech Jemaa al Fnaa Map

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Cafe Argana is located on the main Jemma al Fnaa square with panoramic views from the upstairs terrace, renowned as a particularly fine place from which to see the Marrakech sunset.

The cafe is close to reopening after renovation following a tragic terrorist incident in March 2011. Some of the shops on the ground floor of the building have reopened for business.



Marrakech Jemaa al Fnaa Map

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A pleasant venue open from lunch into the evening the Terrace des Epices is located on top of the Souk Cherifa on the well known Dar El Bashah street just five minutes from Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon. There is usually a doorman at the entrance to the Souk to guide guests to the staircase up two floors to the terrace. Alcohol is not available.

Our luxurious Riads provide the perfect base to explore the fascinating old town Medina of Marrakech.

This restaurant is in the same ownership as the Cafe des Epices in the Rahba Kedima square.

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First class Indian Restaurant Les Jardins to Bala is located within the hotel Les Jardins de la Koutoubia to the South West of the Jema al Fnaa square.

Located on the roof terrace this excellent restaurant offers great food in a relaxed setting. On arrival at the hotel entrance an impeccably dressed concierge will accompany you around the courtyard garden to the elevator. The comfortable restaurant interior features a fireplace with is usually burning in winter.  Relatively expensive by Marrakech standards a meal for two with drinks would typically cost around UK £50



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Budget airline Easyjet operates daily scheduled flights from London Gatwick to Marrakech. As of April 2010 there were two departures each day.  A morning flight departing Gatwick at 06.25 is scheduled to arrive in Marrakech at 09.05  in time to join us for breakfast at one of our fantastic Marrakech Riads. An afternoon flight departing at 15.10 is scheduled to arrive at 17.50

Our boutique hotels offer the perfect base from which to explore Marrakech. Reserve Accommodation today!

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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 Bougainviller Restaurant is a long established, cheerful and reasonably priced Cafe. It is conveniently located toward the Jemaa Al Fnaa end of the Rue Mouassine and serves as a bit of landmark walking north up Mouassine as the street deviates around the Mouassine Mosque. It serves some western dishes like Pizza as well as some Moroccan standards like tagine and cous cous. It is possible to eat here for around 100 dirhams. Seldom used by locals this is really a tourist restaurant. Safe rather than spectacular but a very good address to know.

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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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This outstanding Moroccan restaurant is staffed exclusively by women and is run as a workers cooperative. Al Fassia means literally the women from Fez and the menu includes a number of specialties from the Fez region. The menu is a la carte and our favorite dishes are the intricate Pastilla and the superb slow roasted shoulder of lamb with almonds served for two people.

From the Medina take a taxi to the new town of Guiliez, in the unlikely event that your taxi driver does not know Al Fassia ask them to drop you at the landmark Cafe Negociants on the Avenue Mohammed V. The restaurant is a few hundred yards down the road to the right. Expect to pay 600 to 800 Dirhams for two people.

Al Fassia is not an undiscovered gem! It is deservedly very busy. Your Marrakech Riad staff will be able to help you to make a reservation.

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The aptly named Grande Cafe de la Poste is located in the very Grand ex colonial post office building in the new town of Guiliez, Marrakech. Fine European style food and superb service under the supervision of Maitre D. Eric make this a real favourite.

Try the stunning Calamari salad starter!  The Steak Frites is as good as any cafe on the the Grande Boulevards in Paris. A three course meal at La Poste will cost about 400 dirhams per person, one of the more expensive restaurants in Marrakech, but we feel well worth it.

Any taxi will take you to Grande Cafe de la Poste which is a five minute ride from the Medina. From Marrakech Riad Papillon or Marrakech Riad Cinnamon take a taxi from Dar el Bashah or walk to the west through Bab Doukala.

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A fantastic new modern railway station opened in Marrakech in 2009 located in the New Town of Guiliez.

The railway station is a short taxi tide from the Medina. Guests staying at Marrakech Riad Papillon and Marrakech Riad Cinnamon should get a taxi to the well known Dar El Bashah taxi drop off point and our Riad staff will meet you there.

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We are very proud of our newly installed Moroccan tent on the Roof Terrace at Riad Papillon.  Hand made by local craftsmen it is a beautiful and romantic space especially in the evening when it can be lit by candles.

The tent will feature during the winter months and is an excellent place to eat, whether a wonderful breakfast or a delicious evening meal. Why not book a dinner in advance for the evening of your arrival?

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The picturesque town of Essaouira is only two hours drive from Marrakech and offers an outstanding day excursion to the coast. Under Portuguese occupation the port was fortified and the town was known as Mogador, the ramparts were used in Orson Welles 1952 film Othello.

Seagull on the beach at EssouiraStill a fishing village Essaouira retains its authenticity and charm.Strong coastal winds known in Moroccan Arabic as the ‘alizee’ are a distinctive feature of the beach which is an outstanding venue for wind surfing and other water sports. 

Boats in the harbout at Essouria, MoroccoJimi Hendrix and other 1960’s rock stars frequented the town which retains a strong musical tradition. Each year at the end of June Essaouira is the venue for the Gnaoua and world music festival. Gnaoua music, a familiar sound in the Jema al Fnaa in Marrakech has its roots in sub Saharan Africa. 

Your Ryad staff will be pleased to help you to organise a visit to Essaouira. Our suggestion would be to take a taxi for the day and return to the ryad in Marrakech after a leisurely meal in the early evening.

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