Travel Guide: Marrakech

It’s the city built for Instagram-ready moments, getting lost in mazed, colourful streets and finding once-in-a-lifetime bargains at the many souks. As Morocco’s most vibrant offering, Marrakech has made a firm name for itself as a bucket-list worthy destination.

Lounging in the Riad, sipping mint tea from an elegant little glass —the enduring magic of Marrakech continues to captivate.

1) Stay in a Riad

You wouldn’t have visited Marrakech without experience a night in a Riad. These are Moroccon villas that have been converted into hotels. The main feature is that these villas have a small pool in the courtyard.

 

Riad BE-The “Instagram”Hotel

This place is honestly a dream. When you think Marrakech, this comes up. It has become an icon and definitely a must stay!

Riad Yasmine

Another iconic Riad. This place is super cosy and the service was amazing!

 

La Mamounia

One of the most stunning hotels ever! The architecture, food, service, spa was amazing!

 

2) Explore the Souks

Set in the bustling energy of the Medina, a dream for the shopper of homewares, fashion, knick knacks and food — plus, it’s fun haggling with the store holders to buy anything from wicker baskets, spices, soap, to soft leather Moroccan slippers from the barouche.

I got some Harissa spice which I highly recommend getting if you like roasted chicken, some black olive soap, eucalyptus, and lots of olives and dates!

3) Walking tour

If you have some time, it would be nice to have a walking tour where a guide can take you around to see hidden gems and introduce you to local street food.

4) Visit a Hammam Spa

Your trip to Marrakech is not complete until you are slathered in magical black, olive-based black soap and scrubbed until you are as soft as a baby. I loved my experience at the La Mamouia Hamman spa. It was a super luxurious experience and totally worth it. One may not be enough but it is encouraged to only have a session once a week.

5) Visit Museé YSL 

The hottest museum opening for 2017, be stunned by the beautiful building of KO architects while immersed in couture gowns and the history of Yves Saint Laurent’s time living in Marrakech. The museum also houses a library of over 5000 books on fashion.

6) Visit Majorelle Gardens

Yves Saint Laurent poured his love into these gardens where he lived with Pierre Berge. The cacti, bamboo bushes and palm trees are thanking him for it. Now the garden has been gifted to the city of Marrakech.

 7) Le Jardin Secret

Where to eat:

1) Bacha Coffee: If you had to try only one restaurant, Bacha Coffee would be it! Delicious food and coffee, excellent service and decently priced!

You have to pay 10 Dirhams admission fee, as the restaurant is located inside the Dar El Bacha-Musée des Confluences. But it is worth it, just for the food and coffee, but the architecture and the beautiful courtyard

2) L’Italien par Jean-Georges in La Mamounia: No words!! Absolutely delicious!

3) LesJardins Du Lotus- This is a Mexican-Moroccon fusion restaurant. The shrimp tacos is everything!!

Travel tips:

1) Currency is Moroccos Dirhams,approximately EUR1 equals to 10 Dirhams

2) Bring extra cash with you, you will need it in the Souks, very local shops, taxis, food/drinks in the Riads (some Riads allow you to pay by card for the rooms but not for the food and drinks) as well as tips

3) Things are not cheap in Marrakech! They are pretty much European prices unless you have a local friend to do all the talking and you may be privy to local prices

4) Argan oil- be careful where you buy pure argan oil, often times the argan oil. found in the souks are mixed with other oils

5) If you are staying in the old city, everywhere is a 10min walk

6) Taxi rides in the Marrakech cost around 20 Dirhams! Make sure you haggle and agree on the price before getting into the taxi

 

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