My Marrakech Favorites

 

Some of you asked me for special tips and my favorite places for food and shopping in Marrakech.
I am happy to share with you those places, but I have to say, that I am Moroccan now, which means that I eat Couscous and Tagine every week and I can buy Djellabahs, Kaftans, Babouches and all the other lovely typical crafts whenever I want; so when I go to the big city, I do much less look for the typical Moroccan places, but more for places where I can find the taste and the style of Europe and the world….

Also I have to admit that going to Marrakech always means something like “consumer noise” – twice a year I simply enjoy then a little shopping-intoxication…
and I have four children now, alhamdulillah, and going to the city is always a bit tricky – so when we all go together, we sometimes even visit places like McDonalds’s because the taste is always and reliably the same and reminds me of my teenage-years, the toilets are clean and they have the most beautiful playgrounds in the country…
Here you go with a mixture of favorite places that actually come to my mind (I am sure I forgot some…):

Typical Moroccan Shopping

The souks of the medina, in the old town of Marrakech – a labyrinth of little shops and handcrafts-ateliers

Centre Artisanal, Avenue Mohammed V, after the Koutoubia mosque towards Guéliz

Cafés, food, snacks, restaurants and nice places

Amal Center, Guéliz,  Rue Ibn Sina, women-empowerment-project that offers great food

Pinocchio Gelato Ice Cream, Sidi Abbad

Le Vôtre, patisserie (best cream tarts)

Les maîtres du pain (whole wheat bread and others international bakery products)

Ayaso concept store for eco and organic things, Bvd Zerktouni, Guéliz

Café des épices, Rahba Kedima place, souks in the médina

Le Jardin Secret, medina, rue Mouassine, souks in the médina

The terrace of the C.T.M.-hotel, Djemma el Fna, a quiet simple place, but good to have a tea/coffee and to gain an overall-view of the big crowded square

Dar Bellarj, medina, behind Medersa Ben Youssuf, quiet museum and cultural place

Café du livre, rue Tariq Ben Ziad, Guéliz

Marrakech has a huge offer of very chic and stylish places to eat and drink, but they are also very expensive, so we often eat in the small and not so stylish restaurants in the outside quarters of the city where the locals eat. There you find good tagine, barbecues, chawarma (kebab), beautiful fresh fruit juices and else

Huge shopping places

AlMazar Shopping Mall, 7km route d’Ourika (including the best bookstore in Marrakech: the Virgin Megastore)

Menara Mall, Boulevard Mohammed VI, luxurious shopping mall with some good stores and a nice huge terrace with an overview towards the Koutoubia mosque, many snack bars on the roof (for ex.”Bagels and Donuts”)

Carré Eden Shopping Mall, Guéliz, Avenue Mohammed V, many european stores like H&M, Starbucks, …

Marjane, Decathlon, Mc Do, Pizza Hut, Kitea, Toys Shop,… and many other tall brand shops, end of Allal Fassi/route de Casa

Carrefour, route de Targa, not too big supermarket with a good selection

Places to relax and enjoy some peace and greenery

Riad Sirocco, 15km route de Targa/Souihla , great for hot days out of the city, only 10,- Euros for access to the nice swimming pool including a lunch and drink – great with children to spend a day when it’s too hot

Anima Garden, 28km route d’Ourika, a quiet paradise and a garden of art and beauty with beautiful café

Jardin Majorelle, the well-known garden with the typical clear-blue-details

Terres d’Amanar, 37km route de Asni/Tahannaoute, climbing and adventure parc for much outdoor fun, especially with children

Wishing you a happy time in the red city! 

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The greatest gift I can give myself is unconditional love.

I choose a joyful, peaceful and loving way of life.

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a family trip in our area, the high atlas near M’goun  
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refuge: la tulipe d’ikiss
thepanoramamgoun picnic panorama boys  panorama2 pause    wasserfall schlucht    vers tarkeddid  wander2
great travels with: weltweitwandern and horizonsberberes

inspired by Louise Hay

 

an Oasis in Marrakech _ Remembering Summer

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2tours brothers

subhanallah, this summer we were lucky to be gifted with a free stay at one of the most beautiful hotels in Marrakech: les deux tours – a green lush osais in the palmeraie of the red and hot city.
two days of luxury and comfort, of beauty and delight, of joy and laughter, of laziness and being together as a family, alhamdulillah!

2tours drink2tour breakfast   2tours diner    2tours dessert

the hotel is high class and I first feared if our natural wild children would be able to behave well – but subhanallah, after some basic lessons in city-behaviour (with the help of the good old Knigge) they acted so well and did it so great and the hotel stuff was so nice and gentle with them.

2tours gang 2tours flur  2tours cafe2tours garden
2tours lantern 2tours essen
2tours liegestuhl 2tours palm 2tours le2tours poolblau

to my pue joy our big appartment had its own private pool and I was happy like a child to be able to swim with the kids and to freely relax without hijab.
the food in the restaurant was mhhhm and the huge green garden with all the colorful flowers, plants and with the swings and different wild places to relax was incredibly beautiful. the architecture of the hotel was traditionally done by one of the best known architects of Morocco and was itself very nice to see.

2tours lunch
2tours pergola 2tours window
2tours prpool 2tours swimpause  2tourspool

now autumn came to our valley and the summer’s warm is almost gone, but those wonderful memories of our stay in the lovely oasis of “the two towers” fills us with pure joy. after an extremely hard year of school with many challenges and changes this stay was the most beautiful gift we could have recieved and it gave us the chance to fuly relax and the power and energy to continue work well, inchaallah.
thanks to our dear friends D.and I. for this enormous gift! xxx