Marrakech

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Marrakech

I have been really looking forward to Morocco since we booked the trip. Very often I will get onto Instagram searching #marrakesh, #chefchaouen just to have a preview what I am going to see. Despite the fact that it’s a little far to get to (but everything is far for Australia anyway), I know every single minute in the plane ride was well worth it.
I saw a massive red colour wall as our car is driving closer to the Medina and I started to get a little bit nervous because our car would have to drop us off at one of the gates and we would have to walk into our guesthouse because no cars can fit inside the Medina. After a few minutes walk, we finally got to Dar Attjamil, our guesthouse off Rue Laksour, next to Gastro MK (the no. 1 restaurant ranked in Trip Advisor). We were welcomed by Hasaan our housekeeper with some mint tea and biscuits, we then met the owner Lucrezia before heading to our room.
Hasaan explained to us that Dar and Riad both means houses. Riad are usually bigger with a garden compared to a Dar which usually has a courtyard instead. And many of the Riad and Dar are now guesthouse which was once owned by Moroccan families before foreigners came in and invest to develop into guesthouses. Dar Attjamil is quite a boutique guesthouse with only four rooms. Lucretia is originally from Italy, she came to Marrakesh 15 years ago to study and twelve years ago she took over the business and renovate it into this lovely guesthouse which Jared and I are very fond of. They provide market tour + cooking classes, private Hammam (Moroccan bathhouse with a steam room) and massage. If you need recommendations for food, shopping, organising local guides or day trips, Lucrezia and Hasaan were more than helpful to organise it all.
Here is a little Marrakesh guide based on what we’ve experienced:
Eat
  • Le Salama our first meal after arrival. They have happy hour drinks buy one get one free and happy hour goes from 2pm to 12pm everyday. We ordered harira (Moroccan soup), a lamb tagging and chicken couscous. Portion quite large… or maybe we were just too tired from traveling from Munich during the day.
  • Riad Omar. A lunch stop after a guided tour in day 2. Gorgeous food!! We shared a set menu (they only do set menu) of Moroccan salad, Tangia Marrakeshia – special Marrakash dish of lamb tangia (not tagine) with preserved lemon.
  • Nomad cafe. A very modern Moroccan restaurant. Again, we were too full and need to share a main. We had Moroccan Gazpacho, house salad (dressed with argan oil vinegarette), John dory with green chermula  and saffron ice cream and verbena leave infused sorbet which both I am going to attempt when I get home.
  • Le Jardin. Same chain as Nomad cafe. We didn’t eat there, only drinks but heard good things about their food. I mean, if we like Nomad that much, Le Jardin must be good too!
Shop
  • Chez Les Nomads. A co-op rug store. All rugs in Arab and Berbere style are handmade by women from 800 families and some can take up to nine months to make. If we were decorating a house I would definitely get a couple and ship them home. All of the rugs are made with lambs wool and just too pretty!!
To see
  • Medusa Ben Youssef. The old school of theology, a must see!
  • Next to Medusa Ben Youssef there’s the Dar Bellarj – A house of the living culture foundation in Morocco
  • You will not miss Jemaa el-Fnaa, the big square in the middle of the Medina with hawker food stores at night. If you want to take a photo of the square from the top, go up to Cafe le France or Le Grand Balcon du Cafe Glacier during sunset
  • Mellah, Jewish square. A 15 minute walk South East from the square. In the area you will find a spice market and everyone will try to get your attention by asking you… do you know what is this (pointing to different Moroccan specialty items like sandalwood, Ras el Hanout, amber, olive oil paste etc…)?
  • Palais Bahia
  • Palais Badii

 

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