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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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Rafting adventures near Marrakech

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Recipes from Riad Sapphire and Spa Marrakech

We publish the recipes for the Moroccan dishes served in our riad in Marrakech. Check out our website for the latest – Moroccan fish tagine with chermoula Already featured: Baghrir (or beghrir) Moroccan pancakes Carrot and coriander soup Aubergine salad Moroccan lamb tagine Tagin of chicken with preserved lemons and olives Bon appetit!

Essaouira Gnaoua World Music Festival

Each June the charming port town of Essaouira comes to life with the rhythmic beats of the Gnaoua World Music Festival  This year’s festival took place  from May 14 to 17 and the final concert took place Sunday, May 17th.  The festival has become so popular that it has been described as the “Woodstock of Morocco”.  You can

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Hassan Hajjaj, Moroccan artist

Moroccan avant-garde photographer and artist Hassan Hajjaj may have relocated to London many moons ago, but he remains one of Morocco’s brightest photographers and artists. Born in Larache in 1961, today Hajjaj splits his time between Marrakech and London. Hajjaj is a self-taught artist whose work includes portraiture, installation, performance, fashion, and interior design. We

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It’s hot in Marrakesh

  On those hot days in Marrakesh cool down in our lovely riad pool, a larger than average riad pool. Relax  in any of our two courtyards   or on the roof terrace   Book directly from our secure official website [www.riadsapphire.com] for the best deals.

Artist in Marrakech

e have written about the work of Hamid Khantour previously. We now have a mini-exhibition of his paintings in the small courtyard of our riad, Riad Sapphire and Spa in Marrakech.  They may be purchased by our clients – he will come and roll up the paintings for transport home. Related articles   Marrakech Snapshots

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Place Vendôme leather store in Marrakech

If you’re in the market for some leather bags – but don’t particularly want what is on offer in the souks – go to Guèliz. There are a couple of stores along the main shopping street, Mohamed V, around the crossroads with Rue de la Liberté, that offer modern styles and much better quality than

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Marrakesh TripAdvisor 2015 Travellers’ Choice

Marrakesh named world’s best destination in TripAdvisor 2015 Travellers’ Choice   The new Travelers’ Choice #1 Destination in the world is Marrakech     – described as a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques.   A wonderful juxtaposition of chaos and calm, modern and traditional, the exotic and the familiar –  

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Latitude 31 new restaurant in Marrakech

Already #3 on Tripadvisor, this restaurant on the road between Riad Laarous and Bab Doukkala has shot up on the popularity list.  It is easily accessible from our riad, Riad Sapphire and Spa.  From the square at Riad Laarous, take the road west that leads past the Mohamed V high school.  The restaurant is on

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 Atay Restaurant – in Marrakech

  Fairly new restaurant in the medina of Marrakech. Good place to stop for lunch on your way to the Medersa Ben Youssef, Marrakech Musuem or the Maison de la Photographie. Recommended by clients who told us it was a great find – good food, good value, good wifi and nice music. There are several

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