Hidden away down a secluded alleyway is the secret garden in the heart of Marrakech’s Medina, Le Jardin, a touch of French elegance adding a refinement to the bustle of the Marrakech old town. Located in a 17th century mansion, Le Jardin is built around a large central courtyard featuring a beautiful combination of traditional Moroccan design and retro 1960s décor, designed by Kamal Laftimi and interior designer Anne Favier. In this shaded garden enjoy anything from a strawberry and orange blossom juice, spiced tea, moroccan dish and a black and white art house movie screened in the open air…
The place to be for Modern Moroccan cuisine is Nomad. A chic new restaurant found in the bustling Rahba Kedima spice market. Eat amongst the locals and enjoy traditional cooking such as mezze plates with hand baked yogurt bread or a modern Tunisian brik made from spiced aged lamb, fresh egg, turnip and green harissa. You can also find international dishes with a Moroccan twist here. The owners donate all the profits from the daily specials to a local charity.
After a stroll around Yves St Laurent’s famous gardens head across the road to 33 Rue Majorelle, a chic concept store housing authentic Moroccan designer wares, stylish clothes, plaited shoes and a groovy cafe to boot.
High-end exquisite materials combined with flamboyant prints is designer Norya Ayron’s trademark. These chic one-of-a-kind pieces are all handcrafted in the medina of Marrakech. The young brand has been worn by the likes of Sharon Stone, Monica Bellucci, Maggie Gyllenhall, Juliette Binoche and Mos Deff.
’18’ is a space dedicated to sharing local art happenings and cultural events. Owner, Artist Laila Hida created this space for meetings, exchanges and discoveries open to all artistic expressions from painting, printmaking, dance, song, film and literature. Hida wanted to create ‘a space of creation, laboratory of reflection and a literary coffee shop’. Definitely the place to drink coffee, view local art and rub shoulders with hip Marrakech creatives.
Make sure you check out Maison De La Photographie – located behind the magnificent Ben Youssof School and Mosque is this airy colonial style riad housing a beautiful exhibition of black and white photography that takes you through the exotic history of Morrocco from the early days of desert life and 1930’s smoky images of the souks through to the present day. Take in the rooftops from their quaint cafe on the rooftop.
Riad Yima is a tea room and gallery space owned by Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj. This spectacular labour of love that took three years to complete, with every detail very carefully made by the artist’s hand. Hassan Hajjaj acquired this old house, gutted and rebuilt it into this jewel riad. The Riad features his artwork and furniture design, fusing east and west. His works range from witty photos of Arab life to recycled furniture made from African advertising signs… If you’re in Marrakech make sure to drop by for a glass of mint tea.
Nomad, 1, Derb Aarjan. Marrakech Médina MA,+212 5 24 38 16 09, firstname.lastname@example.org
Le Jardin, 32 Souk El Jeld, Sidi, Abdelaziz, Marrakech, Medina, Morocco, +212 524378295
33 Rue Majorelle, 33 Rue, Yves Saint Laurent, Marrakesh, Morocco
Norya Ayron, D.S.Abdelaziz, Marrakesh, Morocco
18, derb el ferrane – riad laarouss Marrakesh, Morocco
Maison De La Photographie, de marrakech, 46 Rue souk ahl fes, email@example.com, +212 524-385-721
Riad Yima, 52 derb Aarjane Rahba lakdima Medina, Marrakech Morocco.