If there’s a city that is trendy right now it’s Marrakech. Especially when you’re in Europe the trip is not very long and so cheap! Marrakech is a beautiful mix of history and modernity, and also simplicity and luxury.
If you plan on going there, here’s a few things you need to know.
Madrasa Ben Youssef
This old Koranic School is totally worth visiting for its beautiful architecture and mosaic. The visit is very quick but you can’t miss it.
This Garden that was bought by Yves Saint Laurent. The garden is really impressive, and the place is also famous for the “blue Majorelle”. You can also find a little museum of the Berbere population, which is very important in Morocco’s history.
Yves Saint Laurent has a huge place in the history of Marrakech, especially thanks to the Majorelle Garden. The city decided to honor him with a museum. The museum opened last year and has some exclusive pieces, so it’s a must seen if you like YSL.
It’s an old palace in Marrakech that you can now visit. The place is huge and you can get lost inside the palace or in the beautiful garden.
The biggest palace of Africa, also insta famous for the picture with the white columns. The Garden are really gorgeous if you want to stop and get some mint tea. And in case you’re wondering, yes you can go inside and take a picture even if you’re not staying at the hotel. You just won’t have access to the spa.
Last but not least, it’s the main attraction of Marrakech. Here’s some “tips” to survive it.
If you’re going to the place Jemaa El Fna, be very careful, people are always coming to you, putting henna, snake or monkey on you (even if you didn’t ask) so they can get money. It’s a little aggressive or insistent but that’s normal in Morocco.
Always negotiate prices, you can get 50 to 70% off! So you need to have the change in your wallet.
You’re also going to meet some people that want to “guide you” around the souk, never follow them, they will always ask for money, and if they’re bringing you to a shop you’ll pay a lot more.
And if you’re not that interested in the product, don’t waist your time to negotiate. They tend to be very frustrated and angry when you spend time with them and you don’t buy.
Always say no with a smile, and negotiate with a smile too, it’s always better. Some people are the nicest and ready to help, most of the time they’re from the Berbere population. They are the best people I’ve met in Marrakech.
An amazing restaurant is in the Souk near the Medersa Ben Youssef. You can get some real moroccan dishes, like Tajine or Couscous, and the prices are really cheap. My favorite restaurant in Marrakech so far.
In the middle of the souk, you can stop here to get lunch or a drink. The restaurant is a rooftop so you’ll get an amazing view of the city and see the Atlas Mountains. The food is moroccan/fusion, so if you’re looking for typical moroccan food it won’t be here, but it’s still very good.
Atay Cafe Food
Near the Medersa Ben Youssef, this restaurant has a really nice rooftop with a view on the mosque Ben Youssef. The food is good and cheap, and the staff is the nicest ever. One of the best rooftop of Marrakech.
In the Hivernage neighborhood, near the hotel, this restaurant has an amazing rooftop with a view of the Koutoubia and its gardens.
Table du Marche
In the Hivernage area too, this place is very famous in Marrakech. You can just go there to grab a sandwich if you’re in a rush. And they also have a chic restaurant, the best of both world. You’ll love it!
I had the chance to try this wonderful Riad Star for two nights. It’s one of the few Riad that speaks English. The staff is the nicest, Aziz & Mohamed really made my stay better. They’re always here to help you, and give you some tips.
The Riad is in the middle of the old town (Medina), and 3 minutes walk to the Medersa Ben Youssef. It’s the perfect location if you want to discover the city and walk around.
But if you’re planning on going out at night, a Riad might not be the best option because no taxi can drive in the streets of the Medina.
In the Hivernage neighborhood, where you can find all the hotels, it’s one of the oldest hotel and casino of Marrakech. Now it’s one of the best palace of the city.
It’s perfect if you want to relax and go out. It’s still close to the place Jemaa El Fna where you can find the souk, if you’re feeling adventurous.
Riad Yasmine & Riad BE
One of the most famous Riad of the city. They are stunning but a little pricey, be sure to book a long time in advance because they are always fulled.
I hope you found all the informations that you needed, feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions.
Thanks for reading,