Marrakesh is a beautiful city in the heart of Morocco, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. You can tell the city is really old because visiting is like going back in time, the streets are narrow and impossible to navigate and the buildings reminds you of the streets of Agrabah. When my boyfriend and I visited, we stayed for 48 hours, which was plenty of time to discover the Marrakesh. It’s small enough to walk through and you get pretty tired after spending time in the crowded markets.
Marrakesh is not cheap. The food prices are similar or slightly cheaper than any European big city, the main courses are around €10-14. If you’re expecting prices like Goa, India you’ll be disappointed.
Morocco is a muslim country so alcohol will be hard to find. Marrakesh is a perfect weekend city but not something for friends looking for parties.
Marrakesh is safe but very intense. Haggling is common practise at the markets and everyone will try to get you to look at their shop. When it gets too much, find a Riad with a rooftop café and enjoy some Moroccan mint tea.
Navigating in the Medina is a mess, so if you have wifi, search for the place you’re going to on Google Maps and keep the app open, it will keep navigating through the gps.
Nomad is a popular restaurant with a fantastic rooftop terrace. It’s located by one of the big souks (markets) and it’s perfect for a sunny lunch and some time to rest your feet. We had the vegetable tagine and it was great.
This hidden garden restaurant is such a gem, you dine outside and the whole place is crowded by plants. The food was amazing, we had the lamb tagine with seasonal vegetables and were too full to even think about dessert.
Walking into this restaurant was a real Aladdin moment, the front door is located in a lantern lit alley and you’re seated underneath the stars on a courtyard. We ordered a selection of Moroccan salads to start with and got a complimentary amuse-bouche. We then couldn’t resist to order another lamb tagine because we liked the one at Le Jardin so much. For dessert, we had a chocolate fez which was beyond this world, one of the best dessert I’ve had.
If you need a break from the busy souks, find the literary café Dar Cherifa (which is a challenge itself because it’s located in a long alley and you have to knock on the door to get in) and rest on their roof terrace. The food we had there wasn’t great but it’s a great place to relax and have some fresh orange juice.
This garden is a must see if you enjoy colourful buildings and plants. The blue colour even has its own name – Majorelle Blue. The garden was bought by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980 and they saved it from falling victim to a real estate project.
For those of you who would like to avoid haggling and assertive salesmen, Ensemble Artisanal is the place to go. It’s a government owned establishment where the prices are fixed and the salesmen are not allowed to pressure you.