Marrakech: places & eateries you can't miss

Marrekech is a town filled with history, art and gastronomy! I would like to share some of my favourite cultural and food spots that you shouldn't miss.


VISIT

If you would like to see a beautiful example of traditional islamic architecture, you must visit the Palais Bahia, and wander through its fantastic, ornamented rooms, courtyards and gardens.


The Dar El Bacha Museum is a palace, built to impress. Once owned by the pasha (governor) of Marrakech, has received illustrious guests such as Winston Churchill, Josephine Baker or Charlie Chaplin. The Dar El Bacha also has a nice café, and is a popular breakfast spot.


If you are looking for some fresh air within the walls of the busy Medina, Le Jardin Secret is your place to be. Its origins date back to the 16th century, and has opened to the public in 2008, after extensive restoring.


Let's get out the red city walls of Marrakech and wonder around in the new city.

Jardin Majorelle is an Art Deco villa once owned by the French painter Jacques Majorelle. In 1980, it has been purchased by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, to avoid its destruction by a hotel complex. The villa and the surrounding garden got a new life and has been turned into an must visit spot in town.


Right next door is the brand new YSL Museum designed by Studio KO. My personal favourite: a beautiful and emotional exhibition showing the work of Yves Saint Lauren, in a stunning building.


EAT

Le Jardin: A great choice if you are looking for trying the contemporary Moroccan cuisine and like beautiful interiors. Try the pastila.


Kabana: A recent add to the Marrakech food scene, Kabana is an ideal location for a cocktail or wine with views, and for the lovers of the Mediterranean / Middle Eastern cuisine. Personal favourite: Glassed octopus with Iranian sauce and muhammara.


Grand Café de la Poste: The revival of a myth, that blends classic Moroccan style with the French bistro style of the last century. Located in the new town, this place is highly recommended for all lovers of classic French cuisine and style.

Personal favourite: Oysters from Dakhla and Lamb shank with mashed potatoes.




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