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Guidebook for Marrakesh

Chris

Guidebook for Marrakesh

The Food Scene
There are dozens of modestly prices restaurants nearby. Here are a few more up-market ones, where you will also find wine (something we get asked about all the time!)
For a classy Italian or Moroccan meal, in an amazingly glamourous classic riad setting
Pepe Nero
For a classy Italian or Moroccan meal, in an amazingly glamourous classic riad setting
Nouvelle Moroccan food -- an excellent and different menu in the medina.
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Un déjeuner a Marrakech
4 Rue Douar Graoua
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Nouvelle Moroccan food -- an excellent and different menu in the medina.
A good choice for a reliable Moroccan meal, and with bellydancers. Leave by 9:30 if you prefer to avoid the dancers.
Le Tanjia
A good choice for a reliable Moroccan meal, and with bellydancers. Leave by 9:30 if you prefer to avoid the dancers.
Moroccan food and (as I recall) also pizzas in an elegant and quiet corner of Place des Ferblantiers
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Kosybar
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Moroccan food and (as I recall) also pizzas in an elegant and quiet corner of Place des Ferblantiers
Sightseeing
There's a huge amount to see in Marrakech. Here, I only list the places that are within very easy walking distance.
This now the national carpet museum, right behind the riad, but you have walk around the block to get to it. If you like carpets, this is the place for you. But it's also a wonderful old merchant's house
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Dar Si Said
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This now the national carpet museum, right behind the riad, but you have walk around the block to get to it. If you like carpets, this is the place for you. But it's also a wonderful old merchant's house
"The Square." If you come to Marrakech, you have to go to the square. All life is here, from the snake charmers to the street food and the market stalls
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Jemaa el-Fna
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"The Square." If you come to Marrakech, you have to go to the square. All life is here, from the snake charmers to the street food and the market stalls
This amazing house is less than 5 minutes walk from the riad. I have no idea why Airbnb assigns a picture of a cemetary to it! The name means "brilliance" and it's a 2-acre complex of incredible tiled rooms and gardens
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Bahia Palace
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This amazing house is less than 5 minutes walk from the riad. I have no idea why Airbnb assigns a picture of a cemetary to it! The name means "brilliance" and it's a 2-acre complex of incredible tiled rooms and gardens
Originally covered in marble bought with wealth generated by the sugar trade, this space is a ruin now. But the exhibitions in it make it surprisingly worth visiting, and the space is highly atmosphere. 8-10 minutes walk from the riad
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巴迪皇宫
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Originally covered in marble bought with wealth generated by the sugar trade, this space is a ruin now. But the exhibitions in it make it surprisingly worth visiting, and the space is highly atmosphere. 8-10 minutes walk from the riad
A museum as well as functioning synagogue in the old Jewish neighbourhood, about 10 minutes walk from the riad. Small and beautiful, this museum will give you lots of information about Marrakech and Morocco's Jewish community and their history
Slat Al Azama Synagogue
A museum as well as functioning synagogue in the old Jewish neighbourhood, about 10 minutes walk from the riad. Small and beautiful, this museum will give you lots of information about Marrakech and Morocco's Jewish community and their history
Amazingly intricate and impressive marble and wood decoration, the tombs of the Saadian dynasty are an important part of Marrakech's cultural legacy and very beautiful. 12 minutes walk from the riad
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Tombeaux Saadiens
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Amazingly intricate and impressive marble and wood decoration, the tombs of the Saadian dynasty are an important part of Marrakech's cultural legacy and very beautiful. 12 minutes walk from the riad
This museum is the house of Bert Flint, a great anthropologist who lives in Morocco and explored the trade routes around the Sahara that cross over the Atlas to include Marrakech. His museum is full of the handicrafts and artefacts of the different people who live on those routes. Once you've been round the Tiskiwin, you'll understand a lot more about Marrakech's long history as a trading crossroads. About 7 minutes walk from the riad
Musée Tiskiwin
This museum is the house of Bert Flint, a great anthropologist who lives in Morocco and explored the trade routes around the Sahara that cross over the Atlas to include Marrakech. His museum is full of the handicrafts and artefacts of the different people who live on those routes. Once you've been round the Tiskiwin, you'll understand a lot more about Marrakech's long history as a trading crossroads. About 7 minutes walk from the riad
An excellent introduction to Moroccan cuisine, in a beautiful restored building. The basic entrance fee is very reasonable. But if you want to do Moroccan cooking classes, they also have a very well equipped kitchen area and lessons in multiple languages
Musée de l'Art Culinaire Marocain
An excellent introduction to Moroccan cuisine, in a beautiful restored building. The basic entrance fee is very reasonable. But if you want to do Moroccan cooking classes, they also have a very well equipped kitchen area and lessons in multiple languages

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习俗和文化
How to make the locals in the alleyway like you
Buy a triangle of cheese at one of the corner shops and put it down for the cats. People here like the cats and they like people who are nice to the cats. But I advise you not to touch the cats. They are street cats, with fleas, and a bite or scratch could have nasty consequences
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How to bargain in the souks
Remember -- the shop owners won't sell to you if they are really making a loss. Don't ask how much something costs unless you are really interested. Know how much you are willing to pay. Then start well below that amount. For example, if you're thinking you'd pay 50, and the shop owner says 200, don't say "how about 50" because his next answer will be higher. Say, "oh, I'm sorry, it's too expensive for me, I was only wanting to pay 20." Then you'll find out quickly if he really wants 200, or if he's prepared to go lower. Don't be embarrassed to offer a very small amount and then slowly work up from there. Know what price is the limit for you and walk away then. It's quite possible the shop owner will come after you and let you have it for that price. If not, well, you have not paid too much
习俗和文化
alcohol
I have offered some information about nearby restaurants that offer alcohol. Unfortunately, there are no shops in the medina that sell it. We try to keep a stock of wine and beer for guests of the riad, but it's difficult to get it brought over, and so it's not cheap. I'm sorry about that! You can also go to one of the supermarkets in Gueliz (Carrefour, for example, or Champion) and ask about their "cave du vin" in the basement. That's a cheaper option. Make sure the wine is not visible when you exit the supermarket. We have a cork screw in the kitchen
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What to say to pushy shopkeepers in the souks
"La. Shukran" and "Perhaps later" usually work these days. The first one means "No. Thank you" I recommend being smiley but firm.
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Pack for cooler temperatures
If you're coming in the summer, it's going to be hot. But the rest of the year, remember the temperature can drop 10-20 degrees at night. So, bring warm clothes, especially in winter. Few places have heating (our radiators in the bedrooms are an exception!) so you'll want to be warmly dressed in the evening. Also bring shoes suitable for walking and dusty streets