July 21, 2016

MARRAKECH - Shopping tour for hot days

With temperatures above 43 degrees C. being usual in July and August you might want to bring in a healthy dose of 'pool', 'lazy nothing' and 'people watching' in your stay in Marrakech this summer!
My program for two American ladies coming from a yoga retreat in Essaouira and in an urge for some last minute shopping and relaxing by the pool in the beautiful La Mamounia where they are staying...

Met temperaturen die op een dag gemiddeld niet onder de 43 graden gaan in juli en augustus is het aangeraden om de nodige porties 'zwembad', 'niksen' en 'luiweg mensen begapen' in het plan in te lassen!

Mijn shopping tour voor twee Amerikaanse dames die na een yoga retreatje in Essaouira nog even de portemoné willen laten wapperen in de Medina van Marrakech en die laatste 'must haves' ook willen combineren met luieren aan de pool van La Mamounia...Je betaalt er tenslotte voor hé!

Best hours to be active
before 11 a.m.
after 6-7 p.m.

After Arrival around 11.30 a.m.  check in at the hotel and take a taxi to DAR BACHA.

Enter the Medina (8) along the palace and passing hotel Palais Donab.
There are a hand full of nice shops in this street and some old Foundouks ( the former hotels for the tradesman in the early days, now turned into shops, tourist office etc… (in the film Hideous Kinky you can see the spirit of these foundouks as it used to be in the sixties)

Walk all the way to (6) the restaurant le Jardin where it should be a little fresher to sit and have lunch in a lush garden. (it's a very small entrence but it is stunningly beautiful inside)A must visit while there anyway: ;) ;)  Noria Ayron has her concept store inside the patio on the first floor.

After Lunch take a walk (just around the corner) to the best placeupcoming street in the Marrakech Medina with creative design and clothing (7)
You can find the concept store of MAX and JAN Morocco ( one of the designers is often there on Saturdays, when not in Ibiza promoting his new store). In this street, you'll find several new brands and do visit the corner shop of Sarah Maj opposite. An Italian designer that I can highly recommend.

Still feelng fresh enough after this? Ask for the directions to TERRACE DES EPICES (don't mix it up with CAFE DES EPICES!!)

Terrace des épices offers on two floors lovely design , not cheap and not all 100% original but a lot of goodies for real shopaholics at one place. The rooftop has a nice terrace for a drink or lunch but on hot days I think it's not a good option.

Go back to Dar Bacha and take a taxi back to the hotel to enjoy the afternoon by the pool.
 meaning tea cookies goodies and the best things La Mamounia has to offer you ladies ;) 
At about 6.30 p.m.
Take a taxi to DAR BACHA again and this time, walk to (4) Le Jardin Secret.
If it's calm, ask if the owner is around if you want to have a first-hand guidance! He might just do that!
Le Jardin secret closes at 8 p.m. and that is just the right time to cross the street to Café Arabe (3) to have a drink at the rooftop.
I do not suggest you have dinner there as I do not like it.

Dinner options:
(5) Nomad - be sure to makereservations before
(1) El Fenn - be sure to makereservations before

Both would be best booked some days in advance….

From El Fenn, it's easy (along the outside of the Medina wall) to go to place Jemaa el Fnaa (2) to soak up the nightlife with a stroll and a coffee
From there take a taxi back to the hotel.

Sunday morning - if you manage, get up early and be around 8 at Jardin Majorel. It is THE BEST TIME to visit Majorel gardens before going to the airport. 
It would take you one hour or max 1,5 hour to visit.

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