Marrakesh, Morocco – Travel GuideJessica Hart
Since my last adventure traveling through Thailand, which you can see here and here I knew it was time to pack up and head to somewhere new. I started feeling restless as if nothing around me was appetizing or interesting. Morocco is the first trip to Africa and I’m sure it wont be the last. The smell, vibe, culture and of course the colors was overwhelming in a very good way. It was a trip where I was able to hit reset button in my mind, relax, clear my head and take in everything I was about to explore. Here’s a list of places to see, eat and do while in Marrakesh. Stay tunes for more travel posts from Atlas Mountains and Desert soon.
We stayed inside the Medina at Raid, Helen
We were so lucky to find this beautiful place on Air bnb and it become a quiet oasis away from the shopping, food and action happening right outside our door. The attention to detail and architecture was amazing and everything I imagined when researching and planning my trip.
This was probably what I was excited about the most. The food and spices and the overwhelming aroma was just amazing.
Here are a few a great spots and restaurants we visited out during our time in Marrakesh:
- Terrasse Des Epices / La Patisserrie – The first place we went to upon arriving in Marrakech. The vegetable tagine here was my favorite and I was very tempted to go back again.
- Le Jardin – A stunning restaurant surrounded by a garden. This unexpected place was definitely needed after wondering in the medina for hours.
- Nomad – When ever we asked the locals or tourist visiting Marrakech for a great place to eat they all mentioned Nomad. It was extremely hard to get reservations (go early or call in before 6pm for dinner) but, we finally got seating the last night in town. It’s a modern take on Moroccan food and definitely a great place to catch the sunset from the rooftop.
There was nothing more fun then walking around and exploring the area. One day we headed to the YSL Majorelle Garden. Which is a twelve-acre botanical garden and artist’s landscape garden in Marrakech. It also housed an archaeological museum of Islamic art. It was beautiful but, I’ll leave those photos for the next post. Another day we headed to do some shopping in the souks. When I was researching Marrakesh the souks was a must see during the trip. Endless little shops upon shops filled with colorful spices to hand crafted furniture and endless . Everything was mesmerizing. We wandered into this rug store, which was on my list before visiting Morocco was to leave we a beautiful moroccan rug. The nice owner laid out a few different styles and colors until I found the perfect one. This girl was very happy.
After shopping in the souks we made of way to Jemaa el-Fnaa square. This is the heart of the city filled with food, the souks and snake charmers. We ended up on a rooftop cafe relaxing with a cappuccino and did a some people watching from above. Be sure to check out video from our trip on my youtube vlog channel Inside Hart.