Marrakech at Night

Old Medina Marrakech

When we finally managed to tear ourselves away from the pool at the stunning Palais Namaskar (read here) we headed into the old medina to explore what Marrakech had to offer.

Office for the day!






Our driver Yusef informed us that nothing in Marrakech starts until after sunset so based on his advice we arrived at the main square Jemaa el Fna right as the sky was streaked with red.

Jemma el Fna at Sunset

We raced up to the nearest viewpoint so we could take the ultimate Jemma el Fna sunset photo.

The essential Marrakech selfie

After happily snapping away we braced ourselves and headed down into Africa's busiest square, which hummed with the sound of the call to prayer.


Now I had read about the madness that goes on in Jemma el Fna before going, the monkeys and the snakes, the smell of exotic spices filling the air, and the cat calling of hawkers following you everywhere you go, but nothing can really prepare you for the bedlam that ensues.


The noise is just phenomenal and with people, cars, and motorbikes whistling by your elbow every second it can be quite overwhelming. If it had been just me I would have run away within 5 minutes but Prima is much braver soul than I and she even suggested eating at one of the food stalls in the main square.

Street Food

In all honesty I am not fully accustomed to street stall eating, as much as I would like to claim to be a hardy traveller who is adventurous, fearless, and down for anything, in truth I would much rather find myself on a terrace of a rooftop bar drinking a mojito (eeeek pretentious alert.. sorry!).

The slightly different setting we were in the night before

So "looking afraid for my life" as Prima so aptly commented, we ordered tajine and kebabs from food stall number one. The food was actually very tasty, and I didn't get sick, and it was definitely an experience!
Chicken Tajine from Stall Number 1

So now moving swiftly on to the souks!

Cave of Lights

Marrakech is famous for its souks and they are spread all over the old medina. Most of the bigger ones run off down tiny light streets from Jemma el Fna. They sell everything from lanterns to jewellery to rugs, you name it they have got it!


One point to bear in mind if you are visiting Marrakech is that as two girls wandering through the streets we did have a lot of hawkers yell at us which is a little intimidating so be prepared. Also make sure to cover up if you don't want to attract too much attention.

Monte Cristo Marrakech

No alcohol is served in the old town thus after our cultural experience Prima and I felt we deserved a cocktail so we left the square and went to Monte Cristo in new town.

Outdoor seating area at Monte Cristo 

I instantly loved Monte Cristo, it was the antithesis to where we had come from, there was plenty of space, and it was all very calm and civilised. We treated ourselves to some delicious desserts and had a great time people watching all the super chic clientele that were prancing in and out.



To our surprise the music suddenly changed and out came 3 belly dancers twirling away between the tables.

I know.. Liakada Travel is getting very risqué these days

Even more impressive were the two girls who had huge silver plates laden with burning candles on their heads. They even managed to drop down to the floor!


Bô & Zin

On our final night in Marrakech we did a bit of research as to what was a trendy restaurant to go to. Of all the long lists of "so in right now" restaurants in Marrakech a few kept popping up on every list, one of these was Bo & Zin.


Bô & Zin Marrakech

Bô & Zin was described as a lounge / restaurant with "opulent minimalism serving French and Moroccan fusion food".. wasn't too sure what all that meant but sure.. I am adventurous ;)


Bô & Zin was an excellent call, if I lived in Marrakech you would find me here on the weekly. 


The crowd were uber-hip with all the girls wearing beautiful dresses and the guys... well actually I don't know what the guys looked like as I was too envious of the dress the girl on the table next to us was wearing to notice... it was a short black mesh dress, if anyone has any suggestions please do feel free to comment!

I had the slow cooked lamb which was superb.

Slow cooked lamb at Bo-Zin

Prima ordered kebabs and couscous which she reported was also excellent.

Kebabs & Couscous at Bo & Zin

Later into the night Bô & Zin turns into a semi club as a DJ comes on and starts dropping some tunes! There isn't a real dance floor but once everyone is done eating people just seemed to make their own dance floor near the bar.

Don't worry I did notice the previous photo was a little blurry

Definitely a great weekend spot to go to in Marrakech for food or even just for drinks!

Liakada

23 comments:

  1. Wow wow wow. Ok now I have to visit Marrakesh. The food looks incredible. I love couscous. :]

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    1. Definitely worth a visit! Really interesting place :)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  2. I'm impressed that they managed to carry the burning candles on their heads in the bar! I went to Marrakech quite a few years ago, loved the ambiance - did you get any shopping?

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. It was so impressive! No sadly didn't think it through and only bought carry on bags with us. I did receive a present of a Tajine pot though!

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  3. Marrakech by night looks so colourful and lively, exactly what I've imagined it to be. Lovely post x

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    1. It was very lively, a bit of the chaotic end but a great place to visit :) Thank you so much!

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  4. Stunning photos! The food looks SO good. I recently saw a documentary about Marrakech and I feel like I just have to go now

    XO Naomi in Wonderland

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    1. Thanks so much Naomi! I would definitely recommend a visit :)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  5. Just look at all of the food and the amazing views from your photos. I absolutely love it. This post definitely put a smile on my face :).

    K / The House of KTS (formerly Pure & Complex)
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    1. Thank you so much! So sweet of you :)

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  6. You don't hear of many people going here which really appeals to me! It seems fantastic!

    Corinne x
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    1. It is really different from most of the popular destinations in Europe, a good place to see :)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  7. Love to see Marrakech from your perspective. The food looks great!

    LUXESSED

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    1. Thank you so much! It was delicious :)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  8. Awww...it looks beautiful...hope you had much fun
    Xx

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    1. It was so much fun! I am already planning a return visit :) Thanks for stopping by!

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  9. I'm going to Marrakech in July! This post just made me way more excited!
    rebecca x
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    1. So exciting!! I hope you have a wonderful time Rebecca :)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  10. I love Marakesh so beautiful and vibrant you managed to capture it brilliantly. Glad you had a lovely time Lucy x

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    1. Thanks so much Lucy, it really was very vibrant and exotic :)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  11. Both the hotel you stayed at and the surrounding local area is breathtakingly beautiful. All of your images are great - I feel as though I'm there! The pool area looks perfect and the chocolate fondant pudding looks divine :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

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    1. Thank you so much Gabrielle, I am always working on my photography!haha I can't resist chocolate no matter where I am in the world ;)

      Ash | Liakada Travel

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  12. Beautiful!

    Chiara Marandellas

    http://www.culturewithcoco.com

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