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Sick of the never-ending winter, me and a friend decided to take a little break on a whim. We simply looked at the weather and chose the sunniest, warmest spot, which is how I ended up in Marakkech for the second time in just a few months. I spent most of it reading by the pool of our hotel (Kenzi Menara Palace), recharging my batteries – pure bliss. Here’s some snaps from my trip last week, as well as some great restaurant recommendations at the bottom of this post  if you’re planning on taking a trip there!

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Bô & Zin

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Pepe Nero

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Le Salama

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Bô & Zin

A little on the outskirts of the city, Bô & Zin  is a restaurant/lounge in the most beautiful setting. The theme is “Asia Meets North Africa”, it is warm and inviting, dark and romantic. The food is a fusion of Asian classics – spring rolls, stir fry, etc – mixed with French and Moroccan dishes. Start with dinner and stick around for the party afterwards, as it gets quite lively. The crowd is fashionable and trendy, and it is definitely a place to see and be seen!
www.bo-zin.com // Douar Lahna, Route de l’Ourika (3.5 kms.) // +212 24 38 80 12 
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Le Salama

Just steps away from the chaos, noise and crowds of Jemaa El-Fnaa square, Le Salama is a tranquil haven with some of the best views over the old town. Head all the way to the top floor right before sunset for a spectacular 360 degree view and enjoy their cracking happy hour drink offers (seriously, I recommend it), then head downstairs for a traditional Moroccan dinner (I had the most incredible almond and honey chicken tagine), with belly dancers and a buzzing atmosphere. Great value for money and definitely a go-to after a long day walking around the souks!
www.lesalama.com // 40 Rue Des Banques, Jemaa El Fnaa //  +212 524 391 300
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Grand Cafe De La Poste

By the same owners of Bô & Zin, the 1920’s Le Grand Cafe De La Poste is a true Marakkech icon. Set on a rather modern square (opposite McDonald’s), walking through the doors you’re transported to colonial Morocco, with dark wooden blinds, palm trees, wicker chairs and men smoking cigars. The food is again a combination of Traditional French and Moroccan, and although delicious, a little pricey. The atmosphere is great though, so even if you just pop by for an apéritif on the terrace, it’s definitely worth checking out.

www.grandcafedelaposte.com // Corner of Boulevard el-Mansour Eddahbi and Avenue Imam Malik // +212 524 433 038
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Pepe Nero

Walking through the narrow alleys to get to Pepe Nero, I must admit I was getting a little worried… Once you walk through the little door, however, you’ll discover a beautiful world hidden behind it. The gorgeous rhiad features indoor courtyards with waterfeatures, trees and open air dining. The cuisine consists of an Italian and a Moroccan menu. I chose an Italian main, and although it’s definitely not the best I’ve had, the location, friendly staff and atmosphere makes up for it – a complimentary glass of bubbly and a little pre-starter nibble from the chef are just a few of the nice surprises waiting for you. The Pastilla au Lait dessert we had was one of the best things I’ve eaten in a long time. Do reserve your table because it gets fully booked most nights.

www.pepenero-marrakech.com // 17, derb Cherkaoui, Rue Douar Graoua // +212 524 389067 
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La Mamounia Day Pass

La Mamounia is probably the most famous hotel in Morocco, ranked as one of the best in the world. It takes luxury to a whole new level (especially after its recent refurbishment), and is a firm favourite for celebs, the fashion crowd and the  jet-set pack. The pool is definitely the place to see and be seen, and although staying at the hotel may not be within your budget, you too can hang out with the rich and beautiful with its great Day Pass offer. For MAD1500 (not cheap, but worth it), you can lounge by the pool, have lunch in one of the restaurants, use the gym or tennis courts, enjoy a massage or hammam. You can find all the details on the Day Pass here.

www.mamounia.com // Avenue Bab Jdid // +212 524 388 600
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