The ultimate checklist for things to do in the Red City


… to see, try and taste.

Marrakech combines the exotic with the glamorous like no other city in the world. It’s a magical place. A wonderful juxtaposition of chaos and calmness, modern and traditional…

Don’t miss the point what this city is all about, so come and get lost!

✔ all the way around.

… wander, explore like a local

✔ in the narrow, dead-end, nameless labyrinthine alleys of medina.

The minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque, landmark of Marrakech is visible from near and far, helpfully flagging the location.

Djemaa el Fna, the place you always seem to end up.  The culturally rich main square of the Medina. It’s like an open air theater where drama is already in progress; through a chaos of snake charmers, monkeys, henna painters, fortune tellers, magicians, medicine men, tooth pullers, locals and tourists.

Atay Cafe is the perfect spot for taking a break from the heat and hassle of the medina.

Make sure to sit in the refreshing roof terrace that affords good views across the Medina.

Grab something from its tasty menu!

✔ pick up some locally made souvenirs (support the economy).

at the souks.
Every section has its own specialty: carpets and textiles; woolen hats and cooked snails; spices and magic supplies; cotton, clothing, kaftans and blankets – and most importantly raffia bags and baskets, which you’ll need to carry all your purchases in. This is a very heavy touristic area. Overwhelming numbers of shops. “Look for free”. It is hard to believe, it’s all a lot quieter it used to be.

Can’t handle the haggling?

In recent years, up-and-coming designers have opened fashionable boutiques, handicrafts department store. Looking for arts & crafts? Don’t forget to check this!

✔ enjoy culinary highs.

Eating venues is endless.

Whether you want international or national, cheap or expensive, vegetarian or vegan, it’s all there, you just have to find it.

Moroccan cuisine is practical and unfussy. Can be memorable.

On our recent trip tried different foodie locations without any dissapointments.

✔ for a break from the crowd find some downtime.

Head out of the Medina and understand the calm that also exists amidst the chaos.

Get into garden: it’s good to know where to seek respite from the African sun.

... or lie by a pool and read ...

✔ watch the sunset over Djemaa el Fna square

A rooftop terrace is a great place to enjoy it! Make your way to UNESCO-protected market and grab a coffee at one of it.

Morocco’s most famous plaza comes alive in the early evening with a dizzying array of sights, smells and sounds. One of the world’s biggest open-air eateries. The food is fresh and prepared front of the waiting diners. Ignore the men trying to divert traffic to their particular stall, and grab yourself a seat where  “The longer the line is (the better the food).”

✔ grab a cocktail

a colonial style Le Salama could be a good choice for that especially during happy hour.

Nomad is a stylish hangout too, with a nice view.

Le Bar Churchill is one of the most iconic and unique city bars.

in the resplendently renovated La Mamounia.

This is your place if you like jazz, exclusive ambiance and you have enough money in your wallet.

Kechmara located in the heart of Marrakech’s new city, far from the crowds of the busy medina. A cafe by day and restaurant, bar by night. Stay awhile in this cultural crossroads with a hip Marrakesh crowd and enjoy local art, music.

✔  Loosing yourself is the best thing you can do in Marrakesh…