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food stalls, place jemaa el fna', marrakech

Piled-up food at one of the many food stalls set up each evening in that iconic spot– Place Jemaa’ el Fna’, Marrakesh.

orange juice stand, main square, Marrakech, Place Jemaa el Fna'

Orange juice stand in the famous Place Jemaa el Fna’,the main square in Marrakech

Interesting vignettes on life in Marrakesh, Morocco — arts, design, events, trends, shopping, what’s new, what’s old, out and about. Follow us on our blog, on Facebook and on Twitter. There are few cities left in the world where there is such a high level and diversity of craftsmanship and creativity as in modern Marrakech. It’s exciting to watch and learn about. Join us.

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The need for cheese

While we love Moroccan food, there are certain foods that we often get cravings for that are not always that easy to find. One of these is of course – cheese! With so many French expats in the city, thankfully it isn’t too hard to source good selections of cheese and dairy produce. One of

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Marrakech Food Tours

It’s rare that a visitor leaves Marrakech without a newly-found passion for the local food. We offer lovely, home-cooked salads and tagines in our own riad and happily recommend plenty of interesting places to eat in and around Marrakech (many of our favourite places can be found here on this blog). But, if you’re keen

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On the Radio – Riad Sapphire and Spa in Marrakech

The lovely folks at Dubai Eye Radio – one of the best radio stations in the Middle East – asked us to tell them what it’s like running a riad in the heart of Marrakech. Before we knew it, we were on-air being broadcast around the region and beyond. Our story was on a particular

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Multi-media Marrakech

Travel and music go together. Just like a photograph brings back memories a song can take you back to a certain place too. This week we stumbled upon a beautiful piece of film which we feel has successfully captured the essence of Marrakech. It has been created by Suki Mok, a talented musician, turned photographer.

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Suite dreams – in our new riad in Marrakesh

There was no space for boring, cookie-cutter style rooms in our new riad. Each suite has been lovingly designed with the guest’s comfort in mind every step of the way. You’ll see that we have a gemstone theme, which is apparent in the colour scheme and energy of each suite. Here we explain in just

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Opening of our new luxury boutique hotel / riad in Marrakech

Drumroll please…. Riad Sapphire is now officially OPEN! We have worked day and night to make sure that our brand new, all-suite riad stands out in the crowd. We believe what we have created is unique that it interprets a vivid and modern take on classic Moorish architecture, complemented by clean lines and restrained décor.

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Polo in Morocco

Polo is a sport famously played by kings and noblemen. Dating back to a time when royal guards and elite troops practised it as a form of cavalry training, it is still popular with wealthy Moroccans today. Marrakech is home to North Africa’s first polo resort, Jnan Amar Marrakech (www.jnanamar.com). There, in the southern corner

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Classic reads: Lords of the Atlas by Gavin Maxwell

This book, which has the sub-title ‘The Rise and Fall of the House of Glaoua 1893-1956’, is set in the medieval city of Marrakesh. It tells the tale of ambitious warlord brothers from the High Atlas Mountains and their rise to great power in Morocco in the early 20th century. A page-turner, Maxwell balances ostentation,

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Berber Rafting, activity near Marrakesh

A great way to get active and see Morocco’s countryside is to get out and about on the country’s rivers. One of the best ways to do this is by booking a trip with Dutch-owned company Berber Rafting. A white water rafting and adventure company, most tours involve taking guests to the mountains, trekking on

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Cinema Maroc

Founder of Cinema Maroc Houda Lakhdar is an expert blogger and a graduate of the Higher School of Visual Arts, Marrakech. Well known on the indie film circuit, Lakhdar’s short film “Zahra” – produced in 2012 – made ​​its debut at the Spring Festival of Arab Cinema in Paris as well as at the Festival

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