Top Tips

At Marrakech Riad we pride ourselves on offering our guests as much support and information as they require to help them to plan their perfect stay in our beautiful Medina accommodation. A little inside understanding always proves to be so helpful when travelling! here are some useful pieces of advice and suggestions which guests at our Marrakech Riads have found particularly helpful


Welcome to Marrakech everyone. Here are my personal top 10 tips for your holiday: 10.  What I’m going to suggest first is this: make yourself mobile. Marrakech is actually not that small. It is a medieval wall city, but it would take you a good 40 minutes to walk across it. And there are a […]

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2020 was the year that changed our lives. Many of us are working or study from home now. These days, the only things you need are your laptop or smartphone, a good wifi connection and a quiet room! So why not let the team in Marrakech offer you the last two ones? and the great […]

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Why do we need help? The pause in tourism due to COVID 19 has been acutely felt in the medina of Marrakech. The Henna Café Soup Kitchen is a short term project but an urgent, time-sensitive one to prevent starvation and ill health especially of those most vulnerable in this wonderfully warm and resilient community. […]

gordon gino and fred marrakech road trip

  Three wise men followed the Star for an ITV festive special in Marrakech as Riad Star was honoured to host Gordon Ramsey, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix in, ‘Gordon, Gino & Fred: Christmas Road Trip: Three Unwise Men’. The traditional riad property is the final destination on a 6,000 culinary journey across Morocco in […]


The tagine is by far the most popular cooking item in Morocco. No matter where you are in the country, you will find one in the kitchen. The word “tagine” specifically refers to a clay pot with a cone-shaped lid that slowly cooks meats and vegetables until they are moist and oh so tender. After […]

What to pack for Marrakech

It’s always helpful to have some local info for your holidays, so here are a few top tips to make your stay in Marrakech simple. I have been travelling in Morocco for over 16 years, and here are a few very easy things which I always do which make my trip more comfortable. Bring the name and address of […]

Menara Mall Marrakech

Exploring the souks of Marrakech is a wonderful shopping experience, however there are many more shopping options for the visitor to Marrakech. Just a short taxi ride from our centrally located riads you will find Menara Mall the largest commercial shopping complex in Marrakech. The centre has 50000 square metres of floor space and offers 90 […]


Marrakech has much to offer for everyone. If you plan a relaxed break with your partner or a super-summer family holiday, rest assured that Marrakech will surprise you. The best way to experience Marrakesh hospitality is by staying in a riad, fabulous boutique hotels spread across the Medina. Here are a few tips and tricks […]


The Berbers refer themselves as Imaghzen. Amazigh means (roughly) free men. The term « berber » is said to be based on the Roman term for non Romans « barbarians ». They have been in North Africa for thousands of years predating the Phonecians . Prehistorique rock paintings in the Tassili region in the Hoggar mountains in Algeria show them […]

latitude 31

Without doubt one of our top tips! There are many doors in Marrakech and one cannot imagine what is behind them, however, in Bab doukkala, on el gza arset street at number 186, you will find a peaceful place, with friendly faces and a 21st century menu. Latitude 31 is not a Moroccan restaurant… at […]

cafe clock, marrakech culture cafe

Opened in the Spring of 2014, Café Clock is the baby of Englishman Mike Richardson. It is the sister of Mike’s well-respected Café Clock in the Medina of Fez, and the Marrakech café has already gained a cult following here in the red city. Expect reasonably priced food and drinks in relaxed surroundings. Our menu […]


Fabulous, Italian owned and run and without doubt one of the top restaurants in Marrakech.  Set in a spacious and beautifully designed Riad courtyard, perfect for any special occasion. Gourmet food and outstanding service are the hallmarks of this restaurant.  Not surprisingly classic Italian dishes feature heavily on the menu, there are also Moroccan favourites […]


Just a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute taxi ride from the Marrakesh Medina are the Majorelle Gardens (Le Jardin Majorelle). The garden’s were created as a project by the French artist Jacques Majorelle between the 1920’s and 30’s and have grown to become one of Marrakech’s most popular tourist attractions. As I travel […]


HajHoj is the arabic name for an African instrument that arrived in the north of the continent during the golden age of Morocco in the 15 century. Slavery was  common at that time and it was through music that slaves transported from sub saharan Africa retained a link to their own cultures and faiths. A […]

Bert Flint

The Tiskiwin Museum is a truly a hidden gem. Tiskiwin was founded by  Bert Flint (a Dutch anthropologist who has been resident in Marrakech since 1957) to display the best of his personal collection of Amzigh berber artefacts.  Such is its importance that Tiskiwin is now part of the Marrakech  University Cadi Ayyad. The unassuming Mr Flint is […]

Top football moments

Morocco is mad about football. Most local cafes and coffee shops show international games and top club matches from Spain and England.  Spanish club football, is followed more closely than English (Barca are most Moroccans favourite team) so Cafe’s will generally not be tuned to and English game if there is top Spanish game at […]

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The Central area of the Marrakech Medina around the Ben Yussef Mosque is the ‘museum quarter’ with a great collection of museums and historic attractions. The oldest building in Marrakech, the Almoravid Kouba is open to the public and features  sone of the most remarkable architectural decoration in the whole of the islamic world. The […]

Henna Cafe Marrakech

We are proud to have funded and helped organise the start up of Henna Cafe a not for profit project ‘giving back’ to the welcoming Marrakech Community. The Cafe is located not far from Riad Papillon near the Dar El Bashash taxi rank. It serves an inexpensive range of drinks and snacks with a menu […]

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Restauranteur Eric Garrozo is well known in Marrakech, his latest venture Amaia is a little gem. Located in central Guiliez on the Bd Hassan II just South of its intersection with Avenue Mohammed V the premises present as a modest cafe giving little clue as to the quality of the establishment inside. Eric and his […]

Majorelle Gardens

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 […]

Ben Youssef Madrassa Marrakech

For a window into Islamic culture in the Mahgreb and the religious institutions that greatly influenced its development. One can do a lot worse than to visit the Ben Youssef Madrassa. Originally founded during the 14th Century during the Marinid Period by Sultan Abu al-Hassan, the building was first brought to great prominence by its reconstruction […]

tanjia  is cooked here in the farnatchi oven under the marrakech hammam

Many visitors to Morocco are familiar with Tagine, the classic slow cooked Moroccan meal prepared in a cone shaped clay pot of the same name.  The ancient City of Marrakech has a signature slow cooked dish which is even more special, the TANJIA. The Tanjia dish is shaped like a greek urn, it is perfectly […]

Street food Marrakech - Food stand 14, Mohammed El Krita Fish and Chips-1

The food stalls in the Jemma al fnaa square, Marrakech are many and varied and all just a short walk from your luxury Riad Hotel. Our favourite fish stall is number 14 Haji Mohammed El Krita. The title Haji indicated by the abreviation Hj shows that the owner Mohammed has undertaken the pilgrimage to Mecca. […]


Salam Eileikum and welcome to Marrakech Riad, Boutique hotel accommodation in Marrakech, Morocco. Marrakech is an exciting & relatively safe city, common sense is the new visitors biggest asset. Above all we would suggest that you do not over plan your stay, allow plenty of time for exploring at your own pace. The central location of […]

earth cafe marrakech vegetarian

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 […]

A glimpse of Marrakech at dusk

Shopping in Marrakech is an experience like no other:  The billowing silk scarves and hand woven shawls, shiny brass lamps in shimmering gold and silver metals, fragrant mint and exotic spices such as cinnamon and cumin, handmade Berber rugs with geometric designs and silky smooth tadelakt bowls in intense sky blues, ox blood reds and […]


A Red City, a Rainbow of dialects Moroccans are by and large excellent linguists and natural communicators – what they lack in expertise they make up for with enthusiasm. Across Marrakech, and particularly in the souks, the visitor is best advised to put aside inhibitions and join in! Classical and Moroccan Arabic Arabic is the […]