Travel stories: Marrakech
Our FAVO places away from home: Marrakech
The prettiest destination for a short getaway? Marrakech, hands down. We fell in love with the deep colours, heavenly flavours and allround magical vibe. Make sure to bookmark our FAVO tips to make the most of your escape.
First things first: where to eat, drink and dine?
Bô & Zin
This incredibly beautiful and elegant restaurant on the road to the Ourika valley combines Asian flavours with Moroccan ones, and serves several international classics too. La Favo tip: Ask for a table in the garden, which is set with oversize mattresses, open fires, torches and private tents.
One of Marrakech’s most stylish hideaways. Famous for its hotel (Winston Churchill and YSL stayed here often), but we absolutely love the rooftop restaurant. The best of traditional Moroccan food with a dash of European flavours.
Le Grand Café de la Poste
A mythical place that's recently been revived by French owners. The menu is therefore also véry French (think: renowned Parisian brasserie).
4 floors, several intimate dining rooms and two levels of terraces that offer fantastic views of the surrounding Medina and Atlas mountains. A classic!
Escape the hustle and bustle of the Medina in Le Jardin, which is (as the name predicts) located in a lush garden. Traditional Moroccan and European cuisine in a 70s style environment.
In the labyrinth of the Medina, even locals get lost finding Le Foundouk Restaurant in Marrakech. That’s the reason why an army of lantern-carrying guides is employed to take you there from the taxi drop-off point. Book a table on the très chic first floor (great for some people watching) or on the wonderful rooftop to have dinner with a view.
La terrasse des épices
The perfect hangout to sip a mint tea while enjoying a lovely view over Marrakech and the mountains.
When you're not wining or dining, these are the places you should visit:
One of the most visited sites in Morocco, and with reason! It took French painter Jacques Majorelle forty years of passion and dedication to create this enchanting garden in the heart of the city. La Favo tip: go early OR very late to avoid queues.
Right next to the Jardin Majorelle you'll find Musée Yves Saint Laurent, designed by Studio KO. Beautiful architecture, interesting exhibitions and a very cool terrace café!
Ah, the souks. Pretty things everywhere you look and a must-visit (or rather: must-get-lost) on its own. However, the prettiest carpets are found at Soufiane Zarib, close to Musée YSL.
Belgian designer in Morocco, known for her crazy beautiful colour combinations, shapes and patterns. From ceramics to carpets to daybeds... It's hard not to buy everything in her store.
If you'd love to stay at La Mamounia but can't afford the hefty price tag, you'll like La Boutique Mamounia! Fabrics, leather goods, fragrances, interior items... Why stay at La Mamounia when you can bring a piece of the hotel back home? ;)
Marrakech can be quite overwhelming, so staying at a peaceful riad or lodge is recommended. These are our FAVO places to sleep:
15 minutes outside the Mediane, you'll find heaven a.k.a. Riad Soumaya. Run by two Belgians, decorated with impeccable taste.
Riad Jardin Secret
A friendly riad in the Marrakech Medina, celebrating time-honored classics and creative gumption. Boho chic to the max!
Nestled amongst the Olive trees, just 20 minutes outside Marrakech, Berber Lodge comprises nine individual lodges laid out in a Berber village feel. The perfect place to discover the amazing preserved nature that Morocco has to offer.
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P.S. Stay tuned for a few Moroccan-inspired recipes...