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Field Notes: Marrakech

 

Last month, I traveled to Morocco on a sourcing trip to seek out new artisan partners and purchase a few home decor pieces for the shop. Stepping off the plane in Marrakech and walking out through the beautifully-renovated airport, I felt that comforting feeling of being back in a familiar place - the warm night air, the smell of smoke from nearby wood fires, the glow of the setting sun, men in their striped djellabas waiting to pick up passengers... it felt good to back.

Morocco is a beguiling country that captures the hearts and imaginations of wanderlusters all over. Having been lucky to travel there for work and pleasure, I wanted to share my favorite spots that I find myself revisiting each time I’m back.

 

STAY

  • El Fenn - Bohemian-chic hotel within the walls of the medina with colorful rooms & wonderful swimming pool to take a dip in at the end of a hot dusty day. A decor-lovers dream.
  • Tigmi - Located 25 minutes outside of Marrakech on a breezy hilltop, Tigmi is the perfect home away from home while in Morocco. Beautiful bougainvillea-covered grounds, a lovely hammam, and refreshingly cold pool are the perfect antidote to the hectic medina. Walk the quiet lanes of the surrounding fields while shepherds tend to their flocks and the Atlas Mountains loom on the horizon.

EAT

  • Le Jardin - Oasis in a 16th century building with beautiful green tiled floor, a few tortoises wandering around, a lush garden, and delicious modern-Moroccan fare.
  • Cafe Arabe - Lively rooftop spot serving European (mostly Italian) and Moroccan fare for lunch & dinner along with a cold crisp white wine.
  • Terrasse des Epices - Rustic-chic rooftop restaurant serving lunch and dinner (two seatings at dinner requires reservations ahead of time) under wicker lights.

DRINK

  • El Fenn - Take in the sunset while lounging on their stunning roof terrace, or enjoy a refreshing gin drink at the air-conditioned El Fenn Cocktail Bar.
  • La Mamounia - Marrakech’s most luxurious hotel is must-visit spot to treat yourself to a drink at the end of a long day exploring. The terrace is surrounded by lush gardens and offers a . On cooler nights, knock back an adult beverage to the sound of live jazz inside the sophisticated Churchill bar.
  • D'jemma el Fna - Fresh-squeezed juice on the square is so refreshing!

SHOP

  • Souks - A requisite adventure through the labyrinth of stalls hawking everything from tapis (carpets) to lanterns to djellabas to slippers to spices and more. Wander, lose your way, sharpen your bargaining skills, and enjoy the spectacle of it all.
  • Atelier Michi - Elevated takes on traditional Moroccan wares found in the souks with a touch of Japanese minimalism. I picked up a pair of red babouche slippers crafted from soft leather.
  • Hanout - Chic dresses and tunics in bold prints and understated solids and stripes. I scored a colorful short tunic-style dress and a silk shirt-dress on my last trip.
  • Boutique at El Fenn - You can probably tell I love all things El Fenn and their boutique is no exception. Filled with gorgeous homewares, stylish dresses, bold jewelry and books to adorn your coffee table.
  • Norya Ayron - Don’t miss this atelier located above Le Jardin. Shop limited editions of dresses, kimonos and tunics in eye-catching prints. Stop here at the beginning of your trip so you can rock your new frock while in Marrakech.
  • Sidi Ghanem - Also known as the Industrial Zone of Marrakech, this burgeoning neighborhood is the new center of modern Moroccan design. Chabi Chic, Topolina, and other go-to faves of the design world are located here. Plan to spend at least a half-day walking the neighborhood and stopping for lunch at one of the local cafes. You’ll need a taxi to get there and back or hire a driver for the day.

Have you traveled to Marrakech? I'd love to hear your favorite spots! 

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  • Via B Design on

    Love your photos of Marrakech. I’ve never been there before but your descriptions of the places you went to sound like somewhere I’d want to go. The photo with the door and tiles surrounding it is my favorite!


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