Fathom Favorites : Marrakech

1. Dar al Ma-mun

This is the the community outreach/artists' residency part of Hotel Fellah. See the library and art installations, listen to a reading, and support the local school.

Route de l'Ourika, km13, Tassoultante
Marrakech, 40000

2. Ben Youssef Medersa

The historical site was an Islamic college founded in the 14th century. The building has spectacular geometric design work, a series of intricately carved courtyards, and sleeping quarters that once housed up to 900 students at a time.

Just off Rue Souk el Khemis

3. Kasbah du Toubkal

A mountain retreat forty miles from Marrakech in the heart of the High Atlas. Walk or ride (mules) to the foot of Jbel Toubkal, and stop for lunch on their rootop deck for a hearty tagine and views of the beautiful North African landscape.


4. Jardin Majorelle

A 12-acre botanical garden, the former home of Yves Saint Laurent, and a pefect place to spend an afternoon. Stroll the grounds, shop for YSL archival prints, and spend a few minutes in the beautiful little museum dedicated to traditional Berber fashion.

Rue Yves Saint Laurent

5. Le Morocain

You are in for a treat, beginning with a walk through La Mamounia's spectacular gardens to a riad, and ending with plate after plate of traditional and modern mezze, whole fish, tagine, and flaky pastries. You might want to take a nap on the surrounding cushions (feel free to relax) to the sound of a strolling Moroccan trio.

Avenue Bab Jdid
Marrakech, 40040

6. Dar Moha

Terrific nouvelle Moroccan served in a gorgeous setting: the former home of designer Pierre Balmain. Request a table in the walled garden. Settle in with a glass of wine, flaky pastilla, and the sound of live minstrel instruments playing in the background.

81 Rue Dar el Bacha

7. Patisserie Al Jawda

Next door to the amtique curios shop L'Orientaliste is a small pastry shop with some of the best sweets in town. French cookies, Moroccan cakes, and small davory treats are piled high on dishes and set upon mirrored shelves.

11 Rue de la Liberte

8. Jemaa El Fna Night Market

The central square turns into a boisterous evening hang with snake charmers, storytellers, gamblers, henna artists, and local crowds. Pull up a seat at one of the open-air eateries or kiosks specializing in kebabs, spicy sausages, and sweet mint tea. Watch the grill in front of you, and get your order on a to-go plate.

Place Djema El Fna

9. Rue Bab Agnaou

A strip of tearooms, pastry shops (including the Patisserie des Princes at #32-34 — get the mini flaky bisteeya), cafes, snack bars, and a movie theater. 

Rue Bob Agnaou

10. Le Tobsil

Cue the rose petals and candelabras: You've come to the most romantic palace restaurant in Marrakech. Tagines and savory pastries are delicate and special and delivered course-by-course-by-course (they keep on coming!) throughout the night. Prepare to be spoiled.

22 Derb Abdellah ben Hessaien, Bab Ksour
Marrakech, 40000

11. Dar Yacout

Private dining alcoves are tucked away in a labyrinthine set of buildings. Expect a banquet-style feast. And, well, tourists. But it's worth it for the excellent service and food. 

79 Derb Sidi Ahmed Soussi Bab Doukkala

12. Hotel Fellah

Remember the episode "Jet Setters" from Mad Men? When Don Draper finds himself in a mysterious, sun-drenched villa full of sexy bohemian weirdos? Fellah is that place, with a community outreach program, cocktails, and the Atlas Mountains in a background. It's located just outside Marrakech but is well worth the effort.

Route de l'Ourika, km13, Tassoultante
Marrakech, 40000

13. La Sultana

An elegant and feminine complex of riads. Set up your own Kodak moments among the stunning drapes, chandeliers, hanging gardens, fountains, and courtyards.

403 Rue de la Kasbah

14. La Villa des Orangers

You'll feel like the houseguest of a very important person. The once-private riad is now a 27-room Relais & Chateau property down an unassuming corridor close to the Koutoubia mosque. Bedrooms (some with a private terrace) open onto inner courtyards for peace and quiet in the middle of it all.

Rue Sidi Mimoun
Marrakech, 400000

15. Royal Mansour

You can't afford to stay here. No joke! You can't. But you really, really should see this place. It is mind-blowingly designed, and the restaurants are white tablecloth and then some. Their private hamam suites will transport you to another time and place. 

Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti

16. Amanjena

The look and feel of this Aman resort was inspired by nearby Berber villages. It's a splurge-worthy oasis just outside Marrakech (20-minutes from the airport), on the road to Ouarzazate, the gateway to the Sahara Desert. There's a library, restaurant, pool, spa, and access to biking, hiking, and golf.

Route De Ouarzazate, Km 12
Marrakech, 40000

17. Le Bab

This contemporary hotel, in the newer shopping district, has action at the bar (it's a local hangout) and reasonable prices for long-term stays.

Angle bd Mansour Eddahbi, Rue Mohamed El Beqal
Marrakech, 40000

18. El Fenn

Live colorfully in this charming boutique riad. Traditional fixtures are mixed with contemporary furniture pieces, and it's a refreshing touch. Owner Vanessa Branson curates the riad's art installations. Bring a designer maxidress and a Paul Bowles novel. Leave the golf clubs at home. This is not a place for Starwood points.

2 Derb Moullay Abdullah Ben Hezzian, Bab el Ksour

19. La Mamounia

A sprawling estate — at once old-world and freshly modern, familiar and exotic, real and surreal. There's a movie-like quality to the grounds, as if it's suspended in its own space-time continuum, where everything (sun rays, the scent of orange, the ripple of a pool wave) moves slowly and deliberately. Service, outfits, dining, and spa treatments are impeccable.

Avenue Bab Jdid
Marrakech, 40040

20. The Great Getaway Medina

This historic urban mansion in the market quarter has six colorful rooms, a spectacular round courtyard, and views of the Atlas.

6 Rue Bin Touahame Sidi Ben Slimane

21. 33 Rue Majorelle

A fun, contemporary take on locally driven artisan goods. Amazing linens, housewares, toys, and design goods from Moroccan designers feel special and hard-to-find. The concept shop also has a cute cafe where you can refresh with a fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Rue Yves Saint Laurent
Marrakech, 40000

22. Akkal

Ceramics showroom for locally made pottery (plates, tea glasses, teapots, tagines) in rich colors and sleek metallic glazes.

322 Sidi Ghanem

23. Aziz

An overwhelmingly tiny jewelry shop exploding with semi-precious stones and heavy statement pieces. Aziz is a well-known charmer, but his 14 year-old son is already following in his footsteps.

Rue Moussine

24. Aachab Atlas

Through the gate of Bab Laksour is a 300-year-old pharmacy lined with shelves of herb jars, spices, amber, and seeds. A knowledgable staff will sit you down and give you a tutorial before suggesting recommendations for what ails you.

Rue Sidi El Yamami

25. Chez Khayati

This is where you can (and should) pick up modern Moroccan poufs and babouches from a master leather worker.

5 Rue el Ksour

26. Atelier Moro

A gorgeous emporium located on the second floor of a pale pink building on a charming street. You'll find Tangier bath towels, quilted baby gear from Fez, caftans made from reworked vintage fabric, and handmade soaps in rose and mint. All will delight and overwhelm your suitcase.

114 Place de Mouassine, 2nd flr

27. Benyahya Khalid

There are many trimmings kiosks along this route, and it will be overwhelming. But while most of the goods from these stalls are produced outside of Morocco, locally made tassels and trims can be found here. It’s in the old Jewish quarter of Marrakech, and closes for the sabbath on Friday afternoons.

173 Hay Salam

28. Place Vendome

A fabulous leather goods shop for boots, saddles, luggage, and drawstring bags in lambskin or soft goat leather.

141 Avenue Mohammed V

29. Atika

We went here after a tip-off from our friend The Travel Curator: From the outside it looks like any ho-hum western shoe store. Inside and to the left there is a colorful, affordable array of super soft Tod’s-like leather moccasins, ballerina slippers, babouches, and suede hushpuppies. 

34 Rue de la Liberte

30. Scenes de Lin

Linen bedding, hassocks, armchairs, place mats, heavy embroidery and custom curtain-making service. And, of course, those hard-to-resist extra large tassels.

70 Rue El Houria

31. Chez Zoe

French proprietor Caroline Hamille (a former French dancer) makes made-to-order bedding, towels with chic striped piping, hand-stitched sheets, djellabahs, and sumptuous bathrobes (carried at La Mamounia hotel).

510 Sidi Ghanem
Marrakech, 40000