Cool Marrakech guide and blog on exotic Marrakech

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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Scènes de Lin, boutique in Marrakech

Scènes de Lin is a well-established chic boutique in the new town of Guèliz in Marrakech – definitely worth making the effort to find. It’s on the Rue de la Liberté now re-named to Rue El Houria. It is located east off the main shopping street, Rue Mohamed V, where Carré Eden, the new apartment/shopping

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Great design in Marrakech

Atelier Nihal – boutique in Marrakech   Atelier Nihal is a perfect example of the blend of European design combined with Moroccan skills. It has been around for 11 years. The designer, Marion Verdier, designs and produces traditional and bespoke hand-woven fabrics on traditional hand looms. The difference between her work and what is made

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Why travel?

TRAVEL LEADS TO CULTURAL ENRICHMENT According to a survey carried out by Tripadvisor published September 2014, the following was discovered: Contrary to popular belief travellers are 9 times more likely to crave unique rather than pampered experiences. We say: Have both in Marrakech – experience a unique and authentic stay in a riad in Marrakech

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Baghrir Moroccan pancakes

Baghrir (or beghrir) are delicious Moroccan pancakes – best described by the French words for it – mille trous – a thousand holes. We often serve them in our riad in Marrakesh–Riad Sapphire and Spa, luxury boutique hotel in the medina of Marrakesh. Come and try them out. Bon appetit! For great recipes, visit our

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Moroccan style – old and new

For your stay in the ever-fascinating, exotic city of Marrakesh live in a totally renovated ancient riad in a quiet, residential area of the medina.  At Riad Sapphire & Spa we have adopted a colonial 30’s style, but updated for the new century, in a blend of modern architecture with traditional Moroccan architecture. The interior

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Koutoubia mosque, Marrakesh

              The  Koutoubia mosque is the largest in Marrakech and located just next to the main square, Place Jemaa el Fna’.  It derives its name from the Arabic for books “kutub” as there was formerly a book market nearby – way back in 1150. The tower is almost 70

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Tips for travellers to Marrakech

We’re often asked for advice on how best to enjoy Marrakech. So we’ve compiled a small guide letting you know: Best place to go to see the real Marrakech Best place to buy souvenirs Average cost of a meal What you should not miss What tourists should absolutely not do Full text on this link:

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The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert

Moroccan cookery book We just have to share our enthusiasm for this fabulous book The Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert which has been receiving rave reviews. She has an impeccable pedigree having won the prestigious Julia Child Award three times, The James Beard Award five times, The M. F. K. Fisher Award, The Tastemaker

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Friendly Marrakech

Most people who visit Marrakech find the locals extremely friendly. One woman has taken this theme of hospitality and has turned it on its head with a blog-post called ‘how to make friends with Marrakech.’ In the blog, called Adventures of Venus (which focuses on ‘travel stories, yarns and musings…’), she describes, amongst other things,

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Online shopping if you can’t get to Marrakech

Try Etsy for exotic Moroccan finds Etsy (www.etsy.com) is a huge online marketplace. If you’ve not heard of it, as we hadn’t until recently, think of it as a kind of fashionable ebay without the auction element. It’s full of arts and crafts inspired items and is a colourful way to shop online whether you’re

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