CITYTRIP, MOROCCO

The smells, the colours, the culture … wow, just wow. This is Marrakech. These are the best tips for Marrakech.

Marrakech had been on my bucketlist of travel destinations for a long time. Earlier in 2019, I had decided to work a week remotely somewhere in the world and I had settled on Dubai. Later that year, several things coincided: I needed some time away from the office to focus on more long term strategy, I needed some focussed time after my Kilimanjaro climb and the hotel rates in Amsterdam were just insane. Plenty of good excuses to finally visit Marrakech; so here are the best tips for Marrakech – according to me.

My favorites in the beautiful city of Marrakech:

You haven’t really been to Marrakech until you’ve got lost in the souqs, spent the night amid the storytellers of the Djemaa el-Fna and sipped mint tea while debating the merits of the Berber rug that you’re contemplating purchasing. But tear yourself away from the souqs and the shopping and you’ll also find some fascinating historical sites such as the long-hidden tombs of the Saadian sultans, Yves St Laurent’s artful Jardin Majorelle and the decorative jewel that is the Ali Ben Youssef Medersa. Marrakech is just an intense collection of smells, foods, feelings and experiences.

The best hotels in Marrakech – according to me

My best omakase experience in Marrakech

The Japanese habit of omakase (お任せ) when you’re ordering at a restaurant pretty much means, “I’ll leave it up to you”, inviting the chef to be innovative and surprising in the selection of dishes. I try to do it in every city I visit, and apply the idea behind to everything between how I pick my runs, how I pick my food, how I plan activities with my kidshow I explore cities and how I travel in general. So, I tried this in Amsterdam as well.

My best omakase experience in Marrakech was at

The best places to have a drink in Marrakech – according to me

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The best places for dinner in Marrakech – according to me

Food in Marrakech is just … wow. Food from all the colourful markets around town, street-food stalls and cafes is not only delicious, it’s often cheap, too – and a great way to Marrakech.

  • Le Jardin
  • Limoni Off the beaten track in the quiet Bab Taghzout neighbourhood, this charming Italian eatery is a real find, popular with locals and expats looking for cucina all’italiana alongside a modern, light interpretation of Moroccan cuisine, plus a good choice of vegetarian dishes. Adriano Pirani, an architect from Bologna, chose to renovate this beautiful riad as a restaurant rather than hotel, and the tiled courtyard of fountains, mosaics and lemon trees is perfect for a romantic alfresco dinner. Chef Valerio Arciona has clearly been influenced by local flavours, so try his tangy carrot veloute with ginger, powdered almonds and lemon zest, a classic seafood spaghetti using plump local clams or, for the brave, a juicy camel burger with orange-spiced onions.

The best places to get some work done in Marrakech – according to me

The best places for a run in Marrakech – according to me

Finding a good place to run in Marrakech is quite the challenge.

  • Run around the citywalls of the old town.

 

The best things to do in Marrakech – according to me

Vltava River

Charles Bridge

Old Town Square

Astronomical Clock

Vyšehrad

I am still finalising my list of must-dos 🙂

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