In case you missed my barrage of IG posts, I went to Marrakech for the very first time last month… and I LOVED it. Not only was this my first full week off work in almost a year (can you believe it?) but this just might be my new favourite city. Filled with a maze of souks, glorious riads and tonnes to do, here’s my bucket list guide to the best things to do in Marrakech.
1. Be a culture vulture at the YSL Museum
Whether you’re big into fashion or just fancy something a little different, head to the Yves Saint Laurent Museum for a relaxing afternoon. Not only will you find exhibitions, art and a documentary in the auditorium, but you can combine your visit with a trip to Le Jardin Majorelle and the Berber Museum at a reduced price. Hit up Cafe Le Studio between exhibitions for impressive food and drinks in the gorgeous poolside garden.
2. Get your daily mint tea fix in the medina
If your day doesn’t include Maghrebi mint tea, then you aren’t living your best Moroccan life. A historic tradition in Northwest Africa, you’ll find mint tea for a small price in every restaurant and cafe. Whether it’s an afternoon sip in the medina or as a digestif after a meal, get your fix in the lively epicentre of Marrakech.
3. Get lost in the souks
There’s nothing quite like the souks of Marrakech. Windy paths connect an array of stores selling all sorts of wares. From tiny shops filled with intricate pottery to boxes of spices spilling out onto the street, you’ll find it all. Spend a day or two perusing the souks and bartering for your favourite bits before heading to the top floor of a cafe to rest your feet with views out over the medina. Just watch out for the mopeds!
4. Live the life of luxury at Royal Mansour
Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the medina? Head a little further out for jaw-dropping hotels like La Mamounia, Mandarin Oriental and Royal Mansour. We loved the latter; offering high-class luxury with a touch of the old school. From afternoon tea at the classic bar to drinks in the riad-style spaces and simply exploring the flower-filled grounds, this is a hot one.
5. Dine with a side of belly dancing at Comptoir Darna
Not only does Comptoir Darna bring you sexy interiors and mouthwatering dishes, but they’ve even got the entertainment to match. Tuck into a lip-smacking tagine and soak up classic cocktails as belly dancers do their thing and live bands provide the soundtrack to a vibrant night. If you’re after something a bit more chilled out then check out the top floors of La Salama or Café Arabe .
London Girl ✖️