How To: Marrakech

  1. Stay in a Riad, staying anywhere else especially a modern hotel is just not an option. I highly recommend El Fenn for the perfect mix of Western service with the Moroccan lifestyle, food and rooms.
  2. Take a walking tour as soon as you arrive. This not only allows you to get your bearing but straight away throws you into the culture shock that is Morocco. There really is no other way.
  3. Be Prepared to tip (EVERYONE) even those people who shove a dirty monkey on you and force to take a cheesy photo with you. Its part of the experience!
  4. 100% WHATEVER YOU DO WHENEVER YOU GO TAKE A FOOD TOUR OF THE SQUARE. It was hands-down the best experience I had in Marrakech and I would urge anyone to do it.
  5. Explore the Souks as much as you can – the deeper you go the better the finds and the deals!
  6. Don’t get worried if you appear to be lost, just follow the signs no matter what and don’t trust over-excited locals leading you off of the path.
  7. Visit the new town. It might not be what made you visit Marrakesh but it’s full of amazing boutiques, high-quality craftsmen and up-market cafes and restaurants.
  8. Remember to stock up on Argan Oil, Morocco is, of course, where it comes from! Make sure that you definitely get the good pure stuff though.
  9. Buy your fair share of souvenir magnets, spices, tassels, postcards and all that cheezy good stuff!
  10. Don’t Forget to visit ATIKA Boutique, Café de France, at least one local pharmacy, a leather stall and a local-recommended food stall.
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