Friday, 19 August 2016

Insiders Guide Marrakech: our Top 3-lists

Insiders Guide is back with updated top lists of our favorite spots in the Red City! Check out the old and detailed Insiders Guide tips HERE! Marrakech is a vibrant and very happening city so the best places change quickly and there is always a new great resturant or cool bar opening (or old favorites losing their edge). In this blog post we present a quick overview over what we consider to be great places to eat, drink, stay, shop or have a hamam right now.
Below you will find top 3 lists for restaurants, bars, hotels, riads, spa:s, excursions, tourist attractions, shopping, coffee and clubs. We hope you will enjoy it and come to experience this magical city very soon for yourself! 

La Sultana, perfect for a romantic dinner
Top 3 Restaurants for dinner (fine dining)
1. La Sultana (amazing food in a beautiful setting)
2. Royal Mansour's  French restaurant (it does not get more posh than this, pricy but an experience)
3. La Mamounia's Italian (very stable food and a good wine list at the iconi Mamounia hotel)

I Limoni, our favorite Italian in the medina
Top 3 Restaurants for dinner (casual)
1. I Limoni (friendly Italian in the medina with excellent food and yummie desserts)
2. Amaia (easy going bistro)
3. Patron de la Mer (a new fish- and seafood restaurant with great food and cool ambience)
Beautiful Palais Riad Lamrani is a beautiful place to stay at or go to for a yummie lunch
Top 3 Restaurants for lunch
1. Palais Lamrani - Table du Palais (the most beautiful riad of the medina serves the best lunch in town)
2. Dar Donab (great spot for a relaxed lunch by the pool)
3. La Famille (a new and very nice vegetarian restaurant set in a lush garden)

The swimming pool (or should we say lake?) of Es Saadi Palace
Top 3 Hotels
1. La Sultana (sophisticated in a palatial setting)
2. Es Saadi Palace (Arabic style with stunning gardens)
3. Maison Arabe (an institution in the medina)

Stylish Riad Idra
Top 3 Riads
1. Palais Riad Lamrani (the most beautiful riad with excellent service and magical environment)
2. Riad Idra (chic and stylish boutique riad)
3. Riad Camilia (good value for money at this charming riad)
Or if available, rent Riad Arabe on an exclusive basis!

Roayl Mansour Spa
Top 3 Spa:s
1. Royal Mansour Spa (best of the best)
2. Dior Institut (Palace Spa of Es Saadi)
3. Selman Spa (amazing)

Le Jardin Secret
Top 3 Attractions
1. Heritage Museum Marrakech (amazing collection of artifacts and Moroccan history located in a beautiful riad)
2. Maison de photographie (a nice selection of black/white photos from the19th and early 20th centuary showing life in Morocco)
3. Le Jardin Secret (a lush and newly restored medina garden)
The main attraction for the future will no doubt be the new Yves Saint Laurent museum opening in 2017.

It goes without saying you should also visit Jemaa el Fna, Majorelle Garden and the Bahia Palace.

A day or two in Essaouira is always a good idea!

Top 3 Excursions
1. Atlas Mountains (stay at posh Kasbah Tamadot or charming Bab Ourika with views to die for)
2. Essaouira (stay at chic Villa Anouk or bohemic Maison des Arts)
3. The Stone desert (Scarabeo Camp), or go for the real thing: the Sahara desert and ERG Chigaga luxury camp (requires 3 days minimum)

Marrakech offers great shopping, both amazing traditional crafts as well as modern design items.
Top 3 Shopping
1. The souks of the medina (for traditional carpets, lamps, antiquities and hidden treasures)
2. Rue 33 Majorelle (close to Majorelle Garden offering modern Moroccan design with a twist)
3. Souk Cherifia (located in the medina, on the second floor you find small contemporary design shops)

Read more about shopping HERE, local designers HERE and some more shopping HERE!
If you can't come to Marrakech but want to get some cool, stylish Moroccan stuff - check out the fabulous M MONTAGUE SOUK online for the most stunning Moroccan high quality carpets and other great stuff!

Amandine - best bakery in Marrakech!

Top 3 places to go for coffee (and cakes)
1. Amandine (by far the best bakery in town!)
2. Cafe France (an institution for travellers)
3. Cafe Elite (perfect for a street view of the new town)

The impressive lobby bar of Royal Mansour

Top 3 Bars
1. Cocktail bar of Royal Mansour
2. Le Palace (head downstairs to the decadent bar and lounge)
3. Winston Churchill bar of La Mamounia

Top 3 Clubs
1. SoLounge (Sofitel)
2. Theatro (Es Saadi)
3. Bo Zin (outside town)

Dar JL luxury villas, the most stunning of properties located in a 12 acre park
Best luxury villas to rent:
Dar JL! 
Coolest retreat outside town:
Peacock Pavilions!
Hidden gem:
Musee de Palmeraie outside the medina with art exhibitions, lush gardens as well as a cactus garden

Stylish and cool Peacock Pavilions in an olive grove outside town.
Welcome, the Red City awaits you!