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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…