It took me a little while, but I finally updated my Marrakech travel guide to share with you all the places I truly love and recommend after visiting Marrakech twice! When I went to Marrakech for the first time, I became obsessed with the breathtaking architecture, as well as the hospitality, and I wanted to discover more of Marrakech’s colourful charm. I truly left Morocco heartbroken and curious and felt like I had to come back to get even more inspiration from this special place. So, I revisited Marrakech after only a few months and today I can finally tell you more about my most loved places, hotels, Riads (my favourite thing about Morocco) and food places.
Marrakech has so much to offer and my list will definitely not be complete, but the below places will make you feel more familiar with Marrakech! I hope you like the pictures and get a feeling of why I lost my heart in this magical city…
Where to Stay
La Sultana Marrakech
During my last trip to Marrakech, Alex and I discovered an amazing traditional hotel named “La Sultana Marrakech”. You guys may have already heard of it as it has become quite ‘insta-famous’ and for good reason! The hotel is made up 5 Riads (traditional Moroccan houses) each with its own individual style and character, its the perfect mix of an authentic boutique hotel and amazing Moroccan interiors (which is always my personal favourite when it comes to design ;)!)
The service is also amazing and the team there are so kind! I absolutely loved the big pool with these huge traditional arches covered in flowers and surrounded by trees (so dreamy, right!?). The spacious rooftop area and countless charming spots to lounge during hot noon temperatures or relax and eat al fresco while enjoying the panoramic views. My favourite memory was having a romantic dinner next to the pool, when they turn the whole space into an amazing evening venue – this place as beautiful by night as it is by day. The food is yummy and the ambience is magical, it’s the perfect Moroccan getaway and I am looking forward to visiting again as soon as I can!! 😉
Hotel La Mamounia
There is probably no place I’ve seen more often on Instagram then La Mamounia and I completely understand why… La Mamounia is like the perfect little oasis in vibrant Marrakech. It’s only a ten-minute walk to get to the energetic heart of the city and yet, La Mamounia feels quite open and inviting. You can find out more about this beautiful place in my La Mamounia post. I would love to name you my favourite parts of the hotels, but there are so many hidden gems and beautiful corners. I loved the spa, the Moroccan outdoor shower, the entrance of the hotel, the restaurant – basically everything! Alex and I arrived super tired after fashion month and the bedroom was so cosy, I finally got some rest and felt reborn even after the first night. Thank you, La Mamounia, for this unforgettable stay – I’ll be back sooner rather than later. 😉
For two nights I decided to stay in a Riad in the middle of Marrakech and it was such a good decision. I’ve heard of Riads before but I’ve never visited one before. From outside you have no clue the kind of beauty they have hidden away. You are outside on the vibrant streets of Marrakech and you open the doors to find the most incredible oasis. I found Le Riad Yasmine on Instagram (I plan most of my getaways with the help of social media – it really inspires me and gives me a good and honest impression!) and it was just so charming. The rooms were built around a cute mosaic pool and they serve the freshest food in the morning. Only a kitten would join you when hanging around the pool area and I was super happy when the Riad owners provided me with their pink room. 😉 I also looooved the rooftop, it was huge and you could enjoy the sun in the day, or the warm evening hours.
Riad Le Jardin Secret
From all places I’ve seen in Marrakech, Riad Le Jardin Secret was the one which touched my heart the most. I already loved the impressions I found online, but being at Riad Le Jardin Secret and feeling the vibe melted my heart. The owners of the Riad are a cool, laid back couple with an incredible sense for architecture, interiors and colours. I loved every corner of the Riad! The two little dogs, the pink shades, the beautiful palm trees, the decoration, the swing, a natural shower… every corner is magic! And when I thought I couldn’t love this place more, they served me the breakfast of my dreams! A watermelon filled with fruits, avo, freshly baked goods and everything was so tasty and rich! As the menu was slightly different every day, I was always keen on waking up and seeing what would be next on the list. Do I sound like a fan? Well, I truly am!
I visited Riad BE because I’ve been fascinated by the colourful pictures I found online and the Riad was just as cute as I figured from what I saw before. The Riad has a colourful pool area and a cute rooftop with a little turtle crawling around.
Alex and I only visited for one morning, but the food was soooo good! If Riad BE wasn’t fully booked we would have stayed longer!
Well, yes, I did a little hotel and Riad hopping and it was totally worth it. When I arrived at Royal Mansour I felt like a princess. We had the most spacious private Riad with a little pool on the rooftop. But what I liked even more was the breathtaking entrance area, the restaurant and the spa! It was a magical all-white dream! One night we were invited to try the traditional Moroccan restaurant and even though I have the tastebuds of a six-year-old, the food was soooo delicious! Probably the best food I’ve had in Morocco! I usually have such a sweet tooth and these super sweet Moroccan sweets made of honey and nuts gave me life. 😉 Thank you for being the perfect hosts, I will never forget this amazing experience!
Riad Berbere is a little more rustic but charming in its own way. It reminded me of a stylish Berber camp in the middle of the Medina! 😉
Where to Eat
One of my favourite things about Marrakech is all the cute rooftop restaurants which allow you to watch the sunset in the most beautiful surroundings, enjoying the endless hospitality of the Moroccan people. I visited the Insta-famous Nomad and the Café Atay and I’ve been obsessed with both places.
Nomad is located above the Souks so that you can stroll around the carpet and spice places and have some delicious and modern Moroccan cuisine with a view afterwards! For an early dinner, we quickly headed to Il Limone which was just around the corner of Riad Yasmine and it was such a beautiful typical Moroccan place.
You simply cannot visit Marrakech without getting lost around the pink corners of the city, especially the old town Medina. I loved looking at all the carpets, spices and cute lamps. There was so much to discover! One of my favourite places was Ben Youssef, the architecture is beautiful there.
As we brought a lot of work with us, there was only limited time to explore and I still have so many places I want to visit on my list. I also want to discover more hidden Riads! Well, it’s just another a good reason to come back soon… 😉 xx Leonie
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