Marrakech: tips from an insider

I often get asked what to see and do in Marrakech.  So I’ve compiled a list of things to see both in the new city and the medina.

Spend a morning at Jardin Majorelle, admiring the gorgeous architecture and gardens, and Love posters.  If you’re interested in culture, the Museum of Berber Arts, located inside the house where YSL lived, is well worth a visit.  I especially loved the the collection of local costumes and jewels.

Then had to Kaowa for lunch and a shopping spree at Rue 33 Majorelle.  The gallery here has some great exhibits as well and is perfect even just for a coffee.

Art lovers should check out BCK Gallery, Galerie 127 and David Bloch Gallery in Gueliz.  Then head to Le Loft for lunch and drinks on the fabulous patio.

**Update January 2015 – Kechmara on Rue de la Liberte is also a great place for lunch in a trendy ambiance and changing art exhibits.

Back in the medina, the hard to find but well worth the visit, Maison de la Photographie houses a stunning collection of old black and white photography.  The museum is located in one of the oldest and most authentic areas of the medias, making it fun to view the collection of photos from 1900s and stepping outside to see the daily lives of locals that really hasn’t changed much from the photos.

Le Jardin is one of my favorite restaurants, and a wonderful place to escape the madness of the medina. The menu is a fusion of western-style dishes and Moroccan food.  And the cafe nouss nouss is delish!

For more off the beaten path, but ultra trendy, head to Riad Yima, the cafe/art gallery owned by Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj.  His works are fun and very affordable.

Watch the sunset from the rooftop terrace at Cafe de France, as the sound of the call to prayer fills the medina.  Then head down to the food stalls for dinner.

** Update January 2015 – If you’re put off by eating in Jemaa el Fna because you don’t know where to eat, or afraid of the entertainers in the square, join us for a Tasting Marrakech food and cultural tour.

Head to the local hammam for an unbelievably relaxing experience.  The local hammam on Rue Zitoune Jdid in Kenaria is fabulous.  Open to men in the morning and women evening afternoon/evening, this is a great place to experience a local ritual.

But the best tip I can give is that the Marrakech medina is a site in itself.  Wander, explore, sip coffee and watch the world go by.

Planning a trip to Morocco? Contact me for excursions or private tours.  I’m only too happy to refer to one of my colleagues!

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