Impressions from my Marrakech

Dear Visitors,
In my blog about Marrakech I will be presenting my second home in more detail at irregular intervals. Insider tips from the corners of the Medina, interesting points, magnificent shops and artisans, great restaurants to enjoy the local cuisine and so much more. Prepare to be surprised!

April 2019

Exciting guided tours with Abdel-Majid Aitaal

Marrakech has so many interesting sights that a guided tour is always worthwhile.

 

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February 2019

Moroccan arts and crafts in two exciting antique shops

Anyone in search of exciting Arabic art should visit both shops that belong to Ifquirane Mohamed.

 

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January 2019

The Lila Store: Cute accessories in the modern Gueliz district

The Gueliz district clearly has slightly more international traces when compared to the lively Medina. One of the hotels of the Radisson Blu hotel chain is also located here: On the ground floor of the 5 star hotel, you will not just find an H&M store and a Starbucks branch but you will also discover the brilliant Lila Store.

 

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October 2018

High quality scarves in all variations created by Byfaissal

On my homeward journey from Marrakech I am always delighted by the great Byfaissal scarves while on the flight, especially when I feel the cold of the air conditioner.
Fantastic, high quality scarves offered at fair fixed prices in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere in the shop belonging to Faissal Bennouna.

 

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October 2018

A true master of wood processing

You can marvel at a great deal of arts and crafts made with all kinds of materials in the small alleys of Marrakech. The workings of the town’s carpenter are very special, where the processing of wood is considered an art, which requires plenty of patience and meticulousness during the implementation.

 

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September 2018

Consider yourself lucky if you have found your way into the Bliss riad

Christening one’s riad as “Bliss”, in other words luck or blessedness, is a testament to self-confidence. However, the operators of this extraordinary riad hotel certainly do not promise too much. Fortunate days and nights in this wonderful building are almost pre-programmed.

 

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September 2018

Handmade, snazzy fashion and accessories from the souks of Marrakech

The fashion and design label BaZaRKecH is a very special location in the Medina of Marrakech. Anyone that takes a look at the retail shop will immediately notice that everything is revolves around creativity.

 

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September 2018

Trace: The best natural cosmetics, presented with passion

Mohamed Maaroufi offers wonderful, handmade natural cosmetics by Naturom in three stores in Marrakech, two of which are in the Medina.

 

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May 2018

The best, classy fakes available at Said fashion

Moroccans not only prove their craftsmanship with their own designs. They are also true world champions when it comes to copying world-famous labels.

 

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May 2018

Terrasse des épices: Relax in a wonderful atmosphere above the roofs of the Medina

More a classic rather than insiders tip, but definitely worth recommending: The popular Terrasse des épices restaurant!

 

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May 2018

West African works of art in the new “Fine Arts Marrakech” gallery

There is a new and highly recommended art gallery in Rue Mouassine, a slightly quieter street in the northern part of the Medina.

 

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April 2018

Completely new to Marrakech: SHTATTO – enjoyment above the roofs of Marrakech

Just a few steps away from Place des Épices is where you will find the new culinary insider tip, which is located in the Medina: SHTATTO!

 

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April 2018

Any Hendrix fan will definitely want to visit Jimmy

Jimmy Hendrix once said “Music is magic, magic is life”. My friend Jimmy at Rue Sidi Yamani is a huge fan of the rock virtuosos and it’s always worth visiting him for a coffee and pleasant chat.

 

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April 2018

Key chains by Younesse: Wonderful crafts and a great gift idea

At my riad, I now have a ritual that I have come to love, where I give my guests a very personal gift. I will now take you to see my friend Younesse.

 

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April 2018

Aissa: The best trainer fakes for Converse, Adidas and Vans

Did you forget to pack matching shoes for the red t-shirt? Then hurry down to Aissa, where you will find all kinds of fabric shoes and trainers for men and women.

 

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April 2018

PIKALA Tours: High recommended for a bicycle tour

After having presented my favourite bicycle tours, I would briefly like to introduce you to the Dutch social project called PIKALA run by Cantal Bakker.

 

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March 2018

Exciting bicycle tours through Marrakech

Every day I go on exciting bicycle tours with my young Moroccan friend Adnan. I would like to tell you about my three favourite tours for inspiration. Depending on desire and condition they can last anywhere between 1 to 2 hours.

 

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March 2018

A true blanket paradise in the Souk Semmarine

Hard to believe that you can’t visit the Bendaoud Abdelmajid shop without at least having a new favourite blanket right? 😉

 

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March 2018

Jogging between olive trees in the Menara garden

Moroccans are crazy for sports and even if temperatures soar above 30 degrees, the jog and set of push-ups are never skipped. The women are also very active and complete their exercises hidden behind the burka.

 

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March 2018

Marrakech is all about colours … if that’s what you’re looking for the TOPOLINA shop is the right place

Enter TOPOLINA and allow Hassan to show you the most exciting pieces of clothing and accessories of the city. The drafts by Isabelle Topolina are a true feast for the eyes.

 

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March 2018

Insiders tip for shopping: Exclusive items at Akbar Delights

Marrakech is a shoppers’ paradise. Nevertheless, time and time again my friends ask me where they can buy something a very special and exquisite gift for their loved ones. I am always delighted to send them to Akbar Delights in the Medina.

 

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March 2018

First class foodstuff and flowers all under one roof

The market hall on Avenue Hommane Al Fetouaki is an absolute highlight. Here you will find the best quality fish, meat, vegetables, fruit and flowers.

 

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March 2018

Gorgeous carpets wonderfully presented

There are of course a few carpet shops worth discovering in Marrakech. Today I would like to recommend “BiBi Art Carpet”, which is a real designer boutique for carpets.

 

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March 2018

Welcome to the Barber Elegance Club

If you want a new hair cut with perfectly shaved temples during your trip to Marrakech or if you want your beard to be professionally shaped: Then walk into Achraf Le Barbier, the “Barber Elegance Club”.

 

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February 2018

Wonderful café with a view: NOMAD

One of the most exciting locations in the Medina is the lively Rahba Kedima. A real open-air store with all sorts of basket and leather goods and spices. This is also where you will find one of the most beautiful cafés of the city, the NOMAD.

 

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February 2018

A relaxing day at the Beldi Country Club

Spending a day in the lively souks is very fascinating but can also be a little tiring, especially during the summer months. I can highly recommend the Beldi Country Club in front of the gates of Marrakech for anyone looking for a little break while on holiday in Marrakech. You can get there in a taxi in 10 minutes.

 

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February 2018

Dar Cherifa – meeting place for the arts scene, gallery, inspirational oasis of peace

Dar Cherifa is in the heart of the souks, hidden in a small side street. The historical riad dates back to the 16th century and it was extensively renovated in 2000 and is now rightly considered one of the most beautiful buildings of the city. Right next to it is the oldest building in the Medina.

 

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December 2017

Flea market Souk el-Khemis

A special and just as fascinating place in Marrakech is the wonderful “Souk el-Khemis” flea market right in the north of the Medina.

 

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November 2017

Culinary delights

During my strolls through the Medina, I am always delighted by the diversity of colours and smells that waft through the alleys. The creative ways in which the cheerful Moroccans work is reflected particularly well in their cuisine.

 

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July 2019

Afternoon tea at La Mamounia Hotel

The special insiders’ tip for an afternoon tea: La Mamounia is the most famous hotel in Morocco. It has a moving history and Winston Churchill is on the most well-known guests.

 

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