City guide: the main addresses in Marrakech

Halfway between tradition and modernity, the city of Marrakech, also called the Red City, opens its doors to an exotic getaway. Between colorful alleys, hidden oases, local music and perfumes, the Almoradic capital, founded in the 12th century, offers a stay that is both lively and fascinating. This festive city has always offered cosmopolitan experiences that oscillate between Berber, Arab-Andalusian and Saharan cultures. Some addresses are almost mandatory during a visit to Marrakech, such as the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, Bo Zin, the Grand Café de la Poste or the Souk to discover Moroccan know-how and craftsmanship. In addition to these obligatory passages, the city is full of sumptuous and surprising places. From an urban oasis to a trendy restaurant that passes a rose garden and a unique hotel, here are our addresses for a bohemian holiday in the solar city.

DAY 1

10:00, check-in at Selman

Direction to Selman, a five-star palace resembling an Arab-Moorish palace in the heart of Marrakech. In this place where the Arabian thoroughbred reigns, guests are invited to live a unique experience. A warm and intimate home that pays homage to Morocco’s history and heritage thanks to the decor signed by Jacques Garcia, which mixes traditional materials and warm colors. A true oriental cocoon that pays homage to the art of living in Moroccan. As for rooms and suites, visitors can enjoy terraces overlooking the garden and Atlas peaks, all in a sober and modern atmosphere. This refined address also offers the opportunity to enjoy a wellness break by the 80-meter swimming pool or in the spa with its traditional hammam and treatments based on black soap. In addition to the impeccable service, the welcome is warm and almost family-like. A real parenthesis out of time.

Route d’Amizmiz, Km 5, 40160 Marrakech www.selman-marrakech.com

16:15, head into the alleys of the souk

Direction to the souk in Marrakech, a veritable labyrinth of alleys, where stands and exhibitions of clothing, spices, food and crafts are mixed. An important place to discover during your stay in the solar city. Right in the heart of the medina, it begins north of Place de Jemaâ El Fna and occupies dozens of streets, where artisans are grouped by profession. Bright colors, stalls with dried fruit, oriental rugs, slippers … A unique experience to discover the city and immerse yourself in Moroccan life.

20.30, gourmet dinner at Royal Mansour

For dinner for two, the Royal Mansour Marrakech Hotel opens the doors to its La Table restaurant, a bistro with a unique and bespoke décor, while taking care of Moroccan codes. From floor to ceiling, warm colors, vegetation, sophisticated details, marble mosaics … Everything is there to offer a moment of pleasure and delights in the heart of Marrakech. In the kitchen, chef Yannick Alléno offers his customers dishes between land and sea, inspired by the great French cuisine and Moroccan terroir. For example, they can choose the tuna belly accompanied by shortbread potatoes or even the monkfish chop. The ideal place for gourmets looking for quality dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. Most? An anthology of desserts will be offered at the end of the meal with a special mention for the exceptional Saint-Honoré.

Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti, 40000, Morocco www.royalmansour.com

DAY 2

10:00, arrival at Mandarin Oriental

Nestled in the heart of olive groves and rose gardens, the Mandarin Oriental hotel is a place where elegance and modernity blend subtly with Berber and Arab-Andalusian influences. This establishment, consisting of about 50 private villas of more than 280 m2 and suites, reinvents the Moroccan hotel industry. For the interior decoration, the establishment has chosen oriental touches that draw inspiration from traditional riads, especially with wooden, marble or clay furniture. Each villa has its own swimming pool as well as its jacuzzi and an outdoor living room with fireplace. Customers can also take advantage of the many gardens to stroll between Moroccan palm groves, bougainvillea and fragrant roses. A sensory experience, unique and intimate. For a moment of relaxation, guests are invited to open the doors to the spa, reminiscent of Andalusia’s mosques and cathedrals. In a cool and soothing atmosphere, they can enjoy traditional Moroccan treatments and / or tailor-made treatments. As for the cuisine, the star chef Akrame Benallal, who signs the menu at the Shirvan restaurant, offers a journey with unique taste experiences on the Silk Road. In the style of Levantine mezes, the starters that guests want are shared: hummus with vegetable charcoal, beetroot tikki, garden vegetable fritters … The rest of the trip we continue with the lamb chops marinated in the house harissa or even John Dory cooked in his banana leaf. A wonderful unforgettable evening experience.

Royal Golf Road, 40000 Marrakech www.mandarinoriental.fr/marrakech

16.00, follow in Yves Saint Laurent’s footsteps

On the edge of the Majorelle Garden, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum is one of the places to see in Marrakech. This room extends over more than 4000 m2 and offers permanent and temporary exhibition rooms, a bookstore, an auditorium, a room for the preservation of textile works and accessories, and a library. The ideal place for fashion lovers or tourists looking for something new. A place of oriental architecture offering the largest collection of pieces and works by Yves Saint Laurent. The opportunity to learn more about his life as a creator and his Moroccan inspirations and influences.

Rue Yves Saint Laurent, 40000 Marrakech www.museeyslmarrakech.com

22.00, outdoor dinner at Bo Zin

Go to the Bô Zin restaurant for a festive and colorful evening at the gates of Marrakech, specifically on the Ourika road. A real hotspot in the city, this old villa welcomes its guests in a cozy, modern and Asian atmosphere. In the room or pergola, the music continues to resound. Dim lights, candles and warm colors … This is the ideal place for a dance dinner in Marrakech. For fans of the great outdoors, the exotic gardens and its summer lounges are perfect for a meal under the stars. Surrounded by vegetation and water, the place has the effect of a real cocoon. In the kitchen, the chef offers a real culinary journey between wok, teriyaki salmon back, couscous and crème brûlée. All this to enjoy around a tasty signature cocktail or a glass of champagne. As for the atmosphere, guests will easily wiggle their hips to the insane rhythms on offer, especially on weekends around live percussion. It is one of the city’s night spots that you can not miss.

Route de l’Ourika km 3, 5, 40000, Morocco www.bo-zin.com

DAY 3

11.00, wake up at Villa des Orangers

Halfway between the Royal Palace and Jemaâ El Fna Square, Villa des Orangers is ideal for exploring the medina of Marrakech. A true traditional riad from the 1930s, this place celebrates local crafts and craftsmanship. Inside, Moroccan-style wooden furniture and sparkling colors make this establishment a luxurious hotel, where guests enjoy an experience full of elegance and discretion. Overlooking the Atlas Mountains and Koutoubia’s Old Town, it is the ideal place to live an exotic experience. In the heart of the establishment, guests can use the large green garden, the three terraces with fountains and the large swimming pool. The hotel also offers a Nuxe spa, a private cinema room and an English-style bar in a cozy and refined atmosphere. In terms of catering, the pool area in the evening is transformed into a soothing place where you can settle down for a candlelit dinner under the sign of refinement.

6 rue Sidi Mimoun, Marrakech, Morocco www.villadesorangers.com

14:15, discovery of an oasis at Dar el Bacha

For travelers looking for adventure and a unique experience, the gem of less reveals an oasis in the heart of the medina of Marrakech, where it is possible to take part in an ecological mission. Located in Dar el Bacha, an ancestral building both accessible and hidden, tourists discover this urban garden-style riad. Inside, a courtyard is revealed where water is ubiquitous and in which there is a micro-ecosystem. Palm trees, bougainvillea, orange trees, banana trees, succulents … So many plant species require calm and serenity. Supervised by a member of Eco-Med, travelers will be able to count and identify the fauna and flora of this luxurious and unique space.

Rue Lalla Fatima Zahra, 40000, Marrakech

20:00, eat like a local at the Grand Café de la Poste

Located outside the medina of Guéliz, the Grand Café de la Poste is one of the most important addresses during a stay in Marrakech. This restaurant dates back to the 1920s and is now one of the mythical places in the city and has retained its period look. A place of Moroccan life with an authentic atmosphere. Mosaics, green plants, curtains, mirrors and velvet furniture … Everything is present to create a retro and elegant ensemble. Conceived as a Parisian brasserie, the restaurant menu consists of traditional French dishes such as oysters or beef tartare, but also great Moroccan classics. The chef works closely with local producers to offer its customers tasty, seasonal and quality dishes. Ideal for a gourmet break after a long day of strolling through the city streets.

Corner Boulevard El Mansour Eddahbi and Avenue Imam Malik Guéliz, 40000 Marrakech www.grandcafedelaposte.restaurant

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