Magical Marrakech

Last year, I went on a press trip to the beautiful Marrakech to explore the Red City’s rich culture and buzzy food scene. See the full piece here at Candid Magazine, and have a read below of the ‘deleted scenes’ (i.e. the gems and photos that couldn’t fit into the original piece).

The Medina

Marrakech retains its charm in the authentic medina, where petrol-fuelled motorbikes barely miss you as they weave through the maze-like backstreets. Doorways open onto hidden paradises, tiled staircases and creative boutiques.

Riad Dar Rbaa Laroub

Upon arrival at Jean-Noël Schoeffer’s gem of a guest house, a mezze style feast was presented to us at the riad’s jungle-like rooftop, where various secluded alcoves promise privacy and tranquillity throughout the day. 

There’s no better way to start a trip in Marrakech than lunch here – think stewed aubergine, stuffed courgettes, artichoke hearts and spiced carrots, followed by flash-fried whiting and a suitably French dessert of poached pear clafoutis.

Montresso* Art Foundation

Set in a former olive grove on the outskirts of the city, the Montresso* Art Foundation is a vast art space which promotes international artists with its Jardin Rouge residency program. On our guided tour of this rare gem, we met Kokian, a French artist working on a ‘jeu de tarot’ series of paintings.

Montresso uses its space wisely, using its vast swathes of land to display additional œuvres. This particular sculpture belongs to David Mesguich’s ‘Conditions Suspensives’ collection, which explores man’s place in the urban environment and the boundaries that restrict freedom of thought.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech

Designed by Studio KO, this terracotta-clad museum is dedicated to the legacy of the iconic Yves Saint Laurent, holding exhibitions of his timeless creations. The building itself is an architectural feat, blending Moroccan materials with abstract design. A central courtyard open to the skies changes throughout the day thanks to the Moroccan sun, which casts shadows across the building.

Don’t pass up on the chance to dine in the museum’s alfresco courtyard, a casual space with gorgeous Moroccan specialties and this exquisite house-made spinach and ricotta ravioli on a bed of ratatouille.

Next door, you’ll find the highly Instagrammable Jardin Majorelle, a tropical oasis recognisable for its bold blue and turquoise palette, though its charm is lessened by the crowds of tourists.  

Boutique hopping

Whether you’re deep in the Medina labyrinth or heading to the showrooms further out of town, Marrakech is filled with fashionable independent boutiques, which are sure to push your luggage weight restriction over the edge. Chabi Chic Marrakech was a particular favourite, filled with homeware and other quaint knick-knacks.

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