1. Djema el-Fna or Djemaa el-Fnaa
The historic main square perpetually bustling with orange juice vendors, food stalls and entertainers of all kinds. Though, for the discerning traveler, some time should be spent enjoying the various souks (markets), monuments and museums that comprise the medina.
Souks of Marrakesh
Marrakesh has evolved over the centuries into a honeycomb of souks. Each of the souks of Marrakech was originally the home of an individual group of shops with certain specializations. Though now the tourist bazaars are crowding out some of the more specialized businesses, vestiges of the original souks are still identifiable.
Souk Semmarine (Smarine) – Originally a tailor souk and now one of the largest and most popular souks. You can find almost anything here from Berber carpets to leather handbags, though you can still find tailors who sell and alter traditional shirts and kaftans.
Souk Ableuh – Just off the Jemma el-Fna lies the Souk Ableuh, noted for its endless stalls of olives, chiles, peppers, lemons, pickles, capers, mint and other herbs and spices.
Souk Kchacha (Bia) – This souk is most known for its dried fruit and nuts, though the artisinal collective Femmes de Marrakech is found here and worth stopping in for those interested in handmade dresses.
Souk Siyyaghin – Is most known for its jewelry. Look for traditional and replica Berber jewelry here, though there is a better selection in the more developed jewelry souk of the nearby Mellah.
Souk Smata – Stalls of colorful babouches (Moroccan slippers) and belts adorn this souk.
Souk Cherratine – Primarily still a leather workers souk, with all sorts of leather goods including jackets, sandals and purses.
Souk Belaarif – Most travelers will want to avoid this souk that specializes in modern consumer goods, though if you’re in need of a new phone or computer, it’s worth a look.
Souk Haddadine – You’ll know you’ve come to Souk Haddadine from the sharp clang of hammers striking the iron of the blacksmith’s souk. Here you can find thousands of lanterns to choose from and can custom make nearly anything from forged iron.
The Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. It took French painter Jacques Majorelle (1886-1962) forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the “Ochre City”. This beautifully curated garden boasts a variety of cacti and is home to many species of birds endemic to North Africa as well as a variety of beautiful fountains, all set off by the special cobalt blue that provides the backdrop to this little tucked-away wonder. It was originally constructed by the French artist Jaques Majorelle during the protectorate and then eventually purchased by the fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent, whose ashes were spread in the garden after his death. Pop in to the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech in the gardens to see textiles, ceramics and jewelry from Saint-Laurent’s collection as well as preserved watercolors of Jaques Majorelle.
(Open 8 am – 6 pm, October 1st – April 30th; 8am – 6pm May 1st – September 30th; and 9am – 5pm during Ramadan. Entrance 50 dhs for garden / 25 dhs for museum. Students with valid student ID are 30 dhs).
3. Riad wo
Entirely renovated, Riad Wo kept the proportions and the most beautiful elements of the house. Halfway between the Bahia Palace and Jemaa El Fna square (4 minutes walking), near Palais Moulay Driss square (car access at 75 meters). Riad Wo welcomes all hedonism enthusiasts. Entirely renovated, Riad Wo kept the dimensions and the most beautiful elements of the house which had been built several centuries ago on the premises.
The house is composed of a large lounge and dining room, a patio around which a Moorish type lounge, an outdoor lounge and a splash pool are based on. Upstairs, in the two wings of the house, 3 double rooms and a Junior Suite. Each one with private bathroom and air-conditioner. And two solarium terraces overlooking the Koutoubia. Riad W0 is comfortable, clean and relaxing. An oasis of calm in the centre of the hussle and bustle of Marrakesh. Staff are friendly and helpful. Riad W was one of the places we stayed during our time in Morocco. Elsa and her staff were fantastic, I would definitely recommend the riad to friends and would stay there again if I were in Marrakech.
Address : Derb Boutouil N°41 Kennaria Marrakech Médina
A stylish restaurant and bar in Marrakesh, NoMad restaurant in Marrakesh serves Moroccan fusion and gourmet delights that we’ve not seen attempted before in the country. A stellar ambiance of Moroccan and European cuisine (the vegetable pastilla is highly recommended), prices for a main start at 90dh.
Address: Rahba Kedima, Marrakesh
A well decorated Roof terrace with a more modern vibe and lovely choice on menu. Not too easy to find but it’s worth making a special effort! We had our favourite meal here. All food was tasty, and the juices were great! Service was friendly and helpful, although the menu was only in French on the board they were happy to translate. There were straw hats for us to wear and excellent music to add to the atmosphere.
Address: Place des Ferblantiers Medina, Marrakech