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







Online shopping from Marrakech

Xmas shopping in Marrakech 0r not in Marrakech

Would you like to make Xmas shopping easy and also find some unique gifts from Marrakech‬? If you can’t go there then you can buy from this onlinestore‬ for Moroccan handicrafts and high-quality items http://soukdunord.

For further information on online stores selling beautiful gift items from Marrakech see our blog article

babouches by artist Hassan Hajjaj Marrakechbags from leather store in Marrakech

Online shopping in Marrakech

Marrakech online shopping fashion

We are pleased to see yet another cooperative development melding Western design with Moroccan skills – with the aim to work together with a team of local Moroccan craftspeople designing quality goods in a contemporary way. Abury produces a range of trendy goods.

If you travel to Marrakech you can source these goods yourself either shopping in the local souks or going to the design district of Sidi Ghanem. But if you can’t get to Marrakech, then you can order these goods online.

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.

Art exhibition Riad Sapphire and Spa in Marrakech


Place Vendôme leather store in Marrakech

bags from 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 in the souks.

The dyes don’t run, the leather doesn’t smell bad and the long-term quality is far superior.  They don’t have designer labels – but do designer labels really matter especially if you’re saving a lot of money? If what you want is a good quality bag in terms of design, leather, and style, you will be happy you made the trip.

Place Vendôme in Marrakech has been around for years – they offer bags, belts, leather jackets and even saddles – all at much lower prices than in Europe.

bags at Place Vendome boutique in Marrakech

141, av. Mohammed V, corner of Rue de la Liberté, Marrakesh, Morocco

Closed Sundays

Tel.: 05 24 43 52 63

CNN GO travels to Marrakech

CNN GO travels to Marrakech

balloon ride Morocco Marrakech

This week we stumbled upon a lovely short film, watchable online, on CNN Go – the travel arm of CNN.

In the film, writer and hotelier Maryam Montague takes us on a hot air balloon ride over Morocco’s Red City and Chef Moha Fedal takes us on a scooter ride to his favourite market – Mellah Market. This is the old Jewish market which sells the freshest fish – sea bass, crab and so on – vegetables, fruit and meat. You can smell the spices as the chef walks you through the souks – wonderful! Keep watching as towards the end the chef shows how he cooks his amazing sea bass tagine in a beautiful flower-filled garden.

It’s a lively and interesting short film – around seven minutes – which shows the city from the perspective of those who love it. Tune in while it’s available, here:

Marrakech on Pinterest


Any designer/traveller/photographer/artist worth their salt has a soft-spot for Marrakech. Over the years artistic people have flocked to the city drawn like moths to a flame for its colours, scenery, landscapes and people. The city is a hive of inspiration and creativity.

So, it’s no wonder that Pinterest, the photo pin-board website has hundreds of boards where people have put up (or ‘pinned’) their favourite pictures of the city.

From hotels to fashion designers, travellers to musicians, there are photos to inspire even the most jaded traveller. Some of the best ones are those curated by interior designers, who naturally have a flair.

Here is just a handful of some of our favourites – and ones which we follow. – owned by Linda Lyons who runs a beautiful riad in the Marrakech medina. – ‘magic is something you make’ a statement we agree with! – ‘Twirling the souks of Marrakech, sourcing vintage Moroccan carpets and wedding blankets. Building guesthouse Dar Zohra in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.’ – needs no introduction, keep up with their board to see regular pictures of the bold and the beautiful in the city’s most famous hotel.

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Getting lost in Marrakesh

Get lost! in Marrakesh

Covered market, Marrakech

To get lost in a foreign city is a fear that many of us have, but putting away the map can be just the thing for adventure. The souks of Marrakech are – we promise – a great place to get lost in.

So, what to expect?

Well, cast adrift in the maze of the medina, carts will trundle past you, laden with oranges and timber. You’ll see hawkers selling piles of eggs, fruit of all colours and fresh herbs. You’ll spot ancient weavers working at looms. The smell of delicious freshly baked ‘khoubz’ (bread) will waft over you.


You’ll pass brightly coloured apothecaries, where inside, hundreds of glass jars containing everything from pickled birds and crystals to ras el hanout and saffron will be for sale. You’ll be invited in for tea. You’ll have offers of guidance and you’ll certainly pass plenty of shady cafes to cool off in with a Casablanca beer or some mint tea.


See, doesn’t sound too bad does it? Chances are, after getting lost in the souks, you will return with a dozen travel tales, a handful of souvenirs and a camera full of photos.

This recent article on the Huffington Post website, inspired us to write this blog post, they agree that getting lost isn’t so bad! 


Photography in Marrakech

Photography in the souks of Marrakech


Marrakech brings out the photographer in most of us. The light, the colours, the costumes and the winding souks all present incredible opportunities for travel photography. Even if you’re not normally one for taking holiday snaps, you will almost certainly regret not bringing a camera along with you to Marrakech.

There are plenty of tips online about how to take good photos, but these ones specifically address travel photography.

Take a look and learn some new tips:

Conde Nast Traveler:


Wanderlust magazine:

Or, if you’d rather watch a pro in action in the souks, check out this video called ‘Mystical Marrakech Street Photography’ by the multi-talented Zack Arias:


Lastly, we recently unearthed this wonderful compilation of Marrakech street photography – ample inspiration for you to dust of your camera!