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Experiences in Morocco

This article is meant to be read in conjunction with our guides to Morocco. We hope it doesn’t seem unfairly critical of Morocco or the Moroccan people, it’s just an honest guide of what’s happened to us during our travels in the country. To put our experiences into some sort of context, we are both Muslims (Lamia’s brown skinned and I’m white), speak a little Egyptian Arabic, dress modestly, are polite and try to travel as slowly and sensitively as possible. We’re not 5 star rich or bargain basement poor and we…

Riad Dar Baraka & Karam, Marrakech

Just 5 minutes walk from the royal palace and 10 minutes from Bab Doukkala and the main bus station, in a very relaxed part of the medina, the quiet alleyways leading to Dar Baraka and Karam (they are 2 separate places to stay, under the same management of Marrakech Riads and joined by a connecting door) ready you for the utter tranquility that awaits inside the Baraka. A darkened entrance hallway leads out onto a silent courtyard above which the building reaches for 2 storeys. Apart from the call to…

Kui-Zin Restaurant, Marrakech

Kui-Zin is a cafe/restaurant that opened late 2013 in the heart of the medina. Ideally placed as either a lunch or dinner stop after a tour of the souks it offers an inventive mix of foods and also a relaxed atmosphere. There are other cafes in the medina but none, in our experience, are as friendly or clean as Kui-Zin or offer as interesting a mix of dishes. They also have free wifi and a choice of sitting by the large windows and watching the medina life go by or…

Riad Kniza Restaurant, Marrakech

The Riad Kniza is located about 5 minutes walk from Bab Doukkala (where the main bus station is) and a 10 minute walk from where we were staying at Riad Baraka. The area is my favourite part of old Marrakech; it’s probably how most of the old city was at one time before so many shops were given over to tourism. You won’t find a single place to buy a tacky souvenir in this district, instead you’ll encounter everything you’d need if you happened to live here. Fish and butchers…

Riad Noga, Marrakech

The Riad Noga, one of the best and most well known of the 800 Riads that you can find in Marrakech and found at the end of a long, quiet alleyway, greets you with the smell of flowers and an atmosphere of complete tranquility. The courtyards and alcoves are not over endowed with the intricate carvings that many Riads have (which are superb examples of workmanship and no doubt welcomed by their original owners – merchants who’d spent a lot of their time in the sparseness of nearby desert and mountain)…

La Sultana Restaurant, Marrakech

La Sultana, a highly rated restaurant within the 5 star hotel of the same name, is situated very near to the Saadian Tombs, about a 20 minute walk south of the Jemma el Fna in the old Jewish area of Marrakech. Two guides in red livery waited on the main street to direct customers up a narrow alleyway towards La Sultana. Another guide showed us through the maze of magnificently decorated patios and corridors to the lift that took us to the rooftop restaurant. Before I talk our dining experience, I…

Ksar Essaoussan Restaurant, Marrakech

We’d read that this restaurant, which ranks in the top 20 of over 500 eateries in Marrakech, was rather difficult to find so I took a map as a precaution but actually didn’t need it at all; there was a large sign pointing off the main street that runs into the medina from Bab Laksour, then another directing us down an alley a few minutes later… …and finally an easily seen brass plaque on the impressive front door. If by chance you’re staying at a hotel and haven’t experienced these…

Cafe Clock, Marrakech

A very visible rooftop sign directed us in from a relaxed part of Marrakech, and not a part that we’d have thought of going if it weren’t for the cafe as we weren’t staying there (there are a fair few Riads thereabouts but ours was near the main square, Jemma el Fna). It didn’t take us long to get there from the square though, about 25 minutes on foot (partly through the colourful spice markets of the Jewish Quarter) and the cafe itself was just 5 or 10  minutes south…