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I recently visited Marrakech, Morocco for the first time EVER with Brides (see our wonderful shoot here) and I literally had a 'moment'. For me, it really was the most amazing place, from the wonderful energy and marvelous Moroccan aesthetic to the friendly people and delicious smells in the Spice market. I fell in love!!!
Here's my guide:
What to Pack:
When it came to dressing, I was assured that Marrakesh was definitely more of a liberal city, as the locals are so used to tourists in their skin baring clothes. However I would recommend loose (and more respectful) pieces that cover your legs and arms. My travel staples (as you can see in ALL of the images!!) of a striped top and jeans stood me in excellent stead as did maxi dresses, blue button downs and army pants. Packing tip: I took less clothes so I could fill my suitcase with Moroccan goodies!
Blue shirt dress: & Other Stories | Blue striped top: Orcival | Straw hat: Mango | Faded jeans: & Other Stories | Pom pom straw bag: Muzungo Sisters | Black leather lace up sandals: Ancient Greek Sandals
Where to Stay:
Brides' team were lucky enough to stay at the amazing La Mamounia, which was so breathtakingly beautiful that we shot Brides' cover image in the gardens. Others on the list for my return are: Rhiad Monceau, La Maison Arabe (definitely visit here for mint tea and the most amazing body scrub and massage) and Terre des etoiles for a spot of glamping in the desert and a camel ride.
What to Visit:
What to Buy:
The Spice market, right next door to Bahia palace, has the most wonderfully intoxicating smells and beautiful colours. Here, along with an amazing spice they recommended for meat dishes (and makes my kitchen smell insane) I also picked up Argan oil for my (overly bleached!) hair. The oil is truly amazing but you have to be careful to wash it out thoroughly!
Rugs! As we were shooting there really was no time for hardcore rug shopping (I will be back!) but Bazar les palmiers in my humble opinion was the best for both selection and quality. Hamid, the owner was also lovely and super helpful. *Bartering is expected so be ready to negotiate and also to walk away (they will follow you!). Once you've agreed on a price it's poor form not to seal the deal.
Baskets. Every time I saw a hand woven little bag my heart skipped a beat. I honestly don't think I can ever own enough of them, much to my husbands delight! They are found everywhere in the Medina.
Where to Eat:
La Mamounia's Le Marocain (they also have French and Italian cuisine on the grounds) was beyond delicious. Dish to try: 'Selection of Moroccan salad and chilli scented preserved beef tagine' was mouthwatering and intended for sharing (it fed at least 5 people) whilst you sit underneath the stars.
Nomad, tucked in the Medina (check it out on Google maps before venturing out into it) has a wonderful modern twist on Moroccan cuisine. The roof top dining area is just lovely.
Grand Café de la Poste We didn't have time to visit this old colonial Moroccan restaurant but the food and ambiance is meant to be amazing. Definitely one to add to the list.