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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My Marrakech – enjoying food variety

Marrakech – a moment to change from everyday life in our remote mountains…
for example by enjoying the food variety and the huge range of different tastes we cannot find in the High Atlas… ice-cream, pizza, burger, fast food, slow food, juices, avocados, strawberries, cake, tarts, cheese, cappuccino, … chinese, italian, indian, american, … oh so yummy!!!

 
     

 

The horizons of the Infinite

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« …the desert, more than anything else, opens the human mind to observation, mediation and initiation into meaning.
…The relationship with nature was so present in the Prophet’s (sas) life from his earliest childhood that one can easily come to the conclusion that living close to nature, observing, understanding, and respecting it, is an imperative of deep faith.
Nature is the primary guide and the intimate companion of faith.”

Tariq Ramadan “In the footsteps of the Prophet”

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“Oh, my Lord! Open for me my chest (grant me self-confidence, contentment, and boldness). And, ease my task for me and make loose the knot from my tongue (remove the defect of my speech) that they understand my speech. And, appoint for me a helper from my family, Aaron, my brother. Increase my strength through him, and let him share my task that we may glorify You much, and remember You much. Indeed, You are of us Ever a Well-Seer.”

[Dua’ from prophet Moses, Qur’an 20 : 25-35]

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Carnet de Voyage #3

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It’s morning, and nearly all the others are still sleeping. I enjoy these quiet moments in nature, when the day wakes up, when the first light of the sun breaks through and shines on the mountains around –  before my first coffee and before we start to a new hike and new discoveries.

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Today my legs hurt. Yesterday was hard and I really challenged myself. Until now, I maybe didn’t know what my body is capable of achieving, alhamdulillah.
We climbed a high pass of 3000 meters altitude and I really felt it, in my lungs, in my knees, everywhere. I was so occupied with myself, with my weakness, my fatigue, not able to talk or motivate the kids – but in fact they even walked quicker and less tired than I,  when I was just as slow and tired as the old donkey that accompanied us…. But I did it! We did it, mashaallah.

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