Imports from Marrakesh – online

Marrakech goods available online

Berber bags from souks in Marrakech






Kelim poufs souks in Marrakesh









We’ve written previously about shopping for Marrakech goods online – usually from Europe. If you are in N. America, our latest find is Imports from Marrakech based in the Chelsea Market in NYC. As well as an online business, they also have a brick and mortar building with a dazzling selection of treasures from Mohamed’s favorite artisans in Marrakesh–babouches, berber bags, belts, hookahs, magic carpets, wedding blankets, Berber pillows, leather poufs, lanterns, tiles, silver tables, tea-pots, brass trays, jewel-tone tea-glasses and more.

Kelim pillows souks in Marrakech

phone 212-675-9700 | email

Imports from Marrakesh in the Chelsea Market
88 Tenth Avenue
New York, New York 10011

Monday -Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday 11:00-7:00 pm



New openings in Marrakech

Marrakesh – an evolving city with new cultural spaces

Jardin des Arts sculpture park Marrakesh

The amazing confluence of design talent in Marrakech is testament to the city’s vibrancy. Marrakech is a city of inspiration, innovation and creativity and proves itself to be a magnetic draw to artists and designers from all over the world. It is also a rich source of creativity for Moroccans themselves.

Green yellow mask Anima Garden Marrakech

Artists and designers draw inspiration from both the traditional and modern aspects of the city of Marrakech – the combinations of colours, patterns and design are tremendously appealing. You can pick this up just wandering around the souks – and you can see it reflected in countless blogs, design magazines, and websites that feature Moroccan-inspired design.

We’ve put together a new list of must-sees in and around Marrakech for those interested in art, culture and gardens:

Recently-opened museums in Marrakech

MACMA Musée d’Art et de Culture de Marrakech

MCMA Marrakech Art and Culture Museum

Opened in February 2016, this privately-owned art and culture museum is in a modern 400 m² space that is light and airy within the constraints of museum exhibitions and the requirements of conservation. Permanent exhibitions will be enriched with collectors’ pieces both private and from foundations. There are paintings, objets d’art and old black and white photographs. The museum also boasts an art library and literary café with poetry readings and musical evenings.

MACMA Art Museum in Marrakesh

MACMA Sculpture in MarrakeshThe museum is in the new town of Gueliz. 50 dh entry charge.
61, rue de Yougoslavie – Passage Ghandouri, Guéliz – Marrakech
212 (0)5 24 44 83 26
Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Musée de la Civilisation Marocaine de l’Eau — the Museum of Moroccan Civilization and of Water was officially opened by Crown Prince Moulay Hasson on January 5th, 2017. It highlights Moroccan expertise in water management in what is an arid part of the world and how it is managed and distributed in villages and town.

Inauguration Museum of Civilization and Water Marrakesh

Water wheel at the Museum of Civilization and Water Marrakech

It is designed to raise awareness among Moroccans about the value of water and water conservation.

It also draws attention to the role played by the Islamic foundations and the spiritual dimension of water.

There is a permanent exhibition as well as temporary ones and plans are underway for an outdoor exhibition to supplement the museum.

Museum of Civilization and Water Marrakech

Recently opened gardens featuring both art and gardens

Musée de la Palmeraie
Anima Garden
Le Jardin des Arts

Musee de la Palmeraie Marrakech sign

Musée de la Palmeraie

Several kilometers away in the Palmeraie (Palm grove) that is along the road to Fez, you find the Musée de la Palmeraie, opened in 2011, that features a photographic exhibition, modern paintings and sculptures by Moroccan artists. It is housed in a beautiful building and grounds that has a mix of sculptures and gardens – a herb garden, a rose garden and an Andalusian garden – and a space for kiddies. Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Musee de la Palmeraie Marrakech sculpture garden

Musee de la Palmeraie Marrakech art gallery

Douar Tounsi – Route de Fes – Marrakech Palmeraie
Tel : +212 661 085 352
Email :

Anima Garden

Donkey man Anima Garden Marrakesh

Along the road to Ourika, 27 km from Marrakech, is the Anima Garden opened in April 2016. The garden is a labour of love by Austrian artist, André Heller. What was previously a rose garden but no longer viable is now a 2-hectare space filled with hundreds of varieties of trees and plants. Anima is in addition a cultural space featuring works of art by German painter Hans Werner Geerdts, as well as numerous colourful sculptures.

Noah s ark Marrakech Anima Garden

There is a shuttle service several times a day – from the parking area behind the Koutoubia mosque right in the centre of Marrakesh.

For a virtual tour of the gardens

Le Jardin des Arts, Gueliz

ardin des Arts sculpture Marrakesh

In the new town of Guéliz, a sculpture park featuring thirteen works by various Moroccan artists, Le Jardin des Arts is another new addition to the gardens of Marrakech.


Open to the public since November 2016, it is situated close to the Bardai roundabout on Avenue Mohammed V.


Marrakech modern sculpture Jardin des Arts
Sculpture Jardin des Arts in Marrakesh







Upcoming event in Marrakech for music lovers

Come to Marrakech September 1st to 4th, 2016,  to enjoy this brand-new four-day music and arts festival.


gnaou musician Morocco

A fusion of music traditions stemming from an exploration of global influences on electronic music.

The opening concert features James Holden and Maalem Houssam Gounia.

It’s not just music – there are performances by Marrakchi storytellers,  artworks with innovative materials and processes.

It’s all new and exciting …

The venue is just 20 minutes from Marrakech

For more information, check their site:

The Secret Garden in Marrakesh

The Secret Garden in MarrakechOpposite the popular Café Arabe, in Marrakesh,  you will find yourself in paradise – a welcome rest especially after a day traipsing the dusty, narrow streets of the souks and being hustled by overzealous stallholders.

Le Jardin Secret was just that: a mysterious place that existed behind a 30ft-high wall deep in the medina of Marrakech.

This historic riad garden has been recreated and is now open to the public.

We would add it to our list of top ten things to see in Marrakech.

10 great reasons to visit The Secret Garden in Marrakech

  1. It is an historic site that features lovely gardens and a Palace.
  2. There is only one tower at The Secret Garden: its height exceeds certain minarets of the city! It offers stunning views over the rooftops of the medina and the Atlas Mountains. A great place to view Marrakech and its surroundings.
  3. There are several gardens including the new historic site “The Secret Garden”: the first garden is called “exotic” and collects plants from around the world and the second “Islamic”, symbolizes a representation of the Muslim paradise on earth.
  4. The Secret Garden features plants from the 5 continents
  5. The “Islamic” garden is divided into four beds separated by beautiful fountains
  6. There is a lovely terrace café where you can eat and stay for hours and hours
  7. There is a fabulous shop to buy interesting souvenirs of your visit.
  8. You will want to visit and revisit this natural setting within the Marrakech medina.
  9. Lovely place to take photographs
  10. It is not expensive

A bit of background from over the centuries:

16th century: Sultan Moulay Abdallah began the urbanization of the Mouassine district and erected a splendid palace on the ground of the current Secret Garden

19th century: After the destruction of the palace during the decline of the Saadian dynasty, the Qaid al-Hajj ‘Abd-Allah-U Bihi begins the reconstruction of the Palace following the plans and designs of the Saadian era. Lush gardens are planted near the new palace. Qaid is poisoned for political reasons by the Sultan Muhammad IV who hated him: the property returns to the hands of the qadi (judge) Moulay Mustapha.

1912: The judge exchanges his palace for the house of al-Hajj Muhammad Loukrissi, a resident in Fes head of the corporation of watchmakers of Marrakech. He lived there until 1934, the year of his death.

From 1934 to 2000: The land was no longer maintained and was gradually falling apart.

2008: The idea of restoring the garden and palace gains ground with a passionate team of history buffs interested in Marrakech.

2016: The Secret Garden is opened for the pleasure of travelers to Marrakech.

2017: There is already talk of night visits being organized … stay tuned.

The shop and café are open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission to the garden is 50 dirhams per person – 25 dirhams for Moroccan residents (ID required) – children enter for free.

Admission prices for a guided tour of the palace is 30 dirhams per person – children below 12 years of age 20 dirhams

The Secret Garden Marrakech

Mouassine street

Medina – Marrakech

Tel: +212 (0) 5 24 39 00 40


How to stay cool in Marrakech

If you’re currently in Marrakech or planning to go, check out this article from The Hotel Guru on keeping cool in Marrakech – where it’s currently hot, hot

Manzil La Tortue MarrakechCheck out their article on this link

For further ideas, see our own posts

Jnane Tamsna Swimming Marrakech Palmeraie


Amal Women’s Training Centre and Marrakech Restaurant

Restaurant in Marrakech Amal

We are so pleased that Amal Women’s Training Center and Moroccan Restaurant have won this award. We have much admired their work – combining good food, great value and a charitable component that helps women in need in Marrakech.

Congratulations from Riad Sapphire and Spa – our riad in Marrakech run as a luxury boutique hotel


Marrakesh TripAdvisor 2015 Travellers’ Choice

Marrakesh named world’s best destination in TripAdvisor 2015 Travellers’ Choice

  Menara gardens Marrakech Atlas mountains from Marrakech

The new Travelers’ Choice #1 Destination in the world is Marrakech



– described as a magical place, brimming with markets, gardens, palaces, and mosques.

busy square Place Jemaa el Fna


A wonderful juxtaposition of chaos and calm, modern and traditional, the exotic and the familiar –




Marrakech offers intimate courtyards and snaking alleyways in the old city, the historic medina – one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

Medersa ben youssef Marrakech




Come and get lost here!  We’ll help you find your way amongst the alleyways and the teeming crowds.  Marrakesh street scene

Water carrier Marrakech


men in main square Place Jemaa el Fna Marrakesh



Then come back to our peaceful riad and understand the calm that also exists amidst the chaos.

 Atay Restaurant – in Marrakech

Atay restaurant medina of 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 levels, including two rooftop terraces.  The staff is friendly and speak good English.

62 Sidi Abdelaziz Amsfah, Marrakech, Morocco

Cell: 06 61 34 42 46

Nomad restaurant in Marrakech

Nomad restaurant in Marrakech – newly opened near the main square, Place Jemaa el Fna’

Nomad restaurant in Marrakech

Already receiving great reviews, this restaurant just off the south east corner of Place des Épices, is a welcome addition to the restaurant scene in the medina with its mix of Moorish flavors and spices with contemporary cooking techniques.

You will be pleased to discover interesting new takes on classic dishes , for instance the Tunisian brik –  a vegetarian pastille filled with beetroot and other vegetables.  It all makes for a refreshing change to typical Moroccan dishes – something you come to appreciate after you’ve been a while in Marrakech.

The restaurant is pleasantly decorated – simple and chic. In the mid-price range, it’s good value.

Nomad restaurant decor and kitchen store Chabi Chic

To find it, take the small street tucked in the southeast corner of the Places des Épices and walk about 5 paces to a smart shop window that is a kitchen supply store, called Chabi Chic.  Here you’ll find some of the tableware as well as beautifully packaged quality spices and oils as used in the restaurant.

The restaurant is upstairs – with a salon and some dining areas, then higher up are two roof terraces with an interesting view over the Place des Epices, the entrance to the carpet market formerly the old slave market.

1 Derb Aarjan. Marrakech Médina

Tel. +212 5 24 38 16 09


Café Clock in Marrakech

The first Café Clock opened in Fez, Morocco and now there is one in Marrakech.  A great place for cultural exchanges as well as a cup of coffee and a place to rest.

Cafe Clock in MarrakechCafés are spring up all over the medina of Marrakech – and a welcome addition they are too.

There is local artwork on the walls alongside vintage items, street art and a program set up for cultural exchanges and the promotion of aspiring artists. Every Wednesday there are jam sessions for musicians – anyone can bring along their instrument. There is traditional Marrakchi storytelling with an English translator on Thursday nights. Saturday nights offer live concerts. You can also find classes for yoga, darija, oud, calligraphy and oriental dancing …

More than your average café.  In the Kasbah area of the old city.

224 Derb Chtouka


05 24 37 83 67