In and around Riad Ariha Marrakesh

Video vignettes around Riad Sapphire, Marrakech

We have been busy wandering our local neighbourhood to take video snapshots of some of the craftsmen in our area. By so doing, we hope to give you a glimpse of life in the Sidi ben Slimane neighbourhood of the old city of Marrakech – right from the heart of the medina. Scroll down to

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Abdelaziz, the weaver, one of our video vignettes on life in the medina of Marrakech

We have started doing some short video vignettes on life in the medina around the riads, Riad Ariha and Riad Chi-Chi. Strolling around the old city you see all kinds of interesting activities — craftspeople working at their trade: weavers, metal workers, bakers, woodworkers. The first video is of Abdelaziz, one of our local weavers,

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Le menuisier-the carpenter on your way to the riad

So young and already so skilled – one of the many woodworkers you will find as you wander around the old city, medina, of Marrakesh. This carpenter is on the way to Riad Ariha. They make a variety of products using traditional patterns passed down from generation to generation. They use solid wood and all

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Mustafa, One of Our Local Weavers Close to Riad Sapphire Marrakesh

The next in our series of mini-videos portraying life around Riad Sapphire. This one is of another weaver, Mustafa, whose store is just next to the mosque ben Nasser at the parking of Sidi ben Slimane. Mustafa’s loom is 114 years old and not for sale. He considers it “baraka” a blessing to allow him

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The Perfume Maker, Sidi Ben Slimane, Marrakesh

More mini-videos from our series of video vignettes on life in the Marrakech medina: Featuring the perfume maker in Sidi ben Slimane, Marrakech. Inexpensive great perfumes from a master perfume maker, as well as totally organic beauty products.  

Our local baker in Sidi ben Slimane

  We went to visit our local bakery in Sidi ben Slimane, just opposite the hammam. It’s where locals take their dough to be baked – he will also bake pizzas, cakes, savoury dishes for a very modest fee – like 1.5 dirhams! – Video vignettes around Riad Ariha, Marrakech

Tanjia, a typical Moroccan dish, slow-cooked meat

Join our cook, Khatija, on the way to the hammam to slow-roast a tanjia – the name for both the clay cooking pot as well as the tasty meat dish. A typical Moroccan dish with marinaded meat or chicken.