Great place for a more interesting winter sun experience, but you will probably get a monkey on your head or a snake round your neck.
Loads of local places, but all very similar and many pretty bad in my opinion. Credit for most of the places we visited goes to Mr Ed Brooke and most of them were in Gueliz, the new town (which according to him is where the locals eat).
Rôtisserie de la Paix, which we loved:
68 rue de Yougoslavie, Guéliz, Marrakech (tel/fax: 00 212 24 43 31 18).
Open daily noon-3pm, 8pm-11pm. About 320 dirham (£20) for two, without wine.
Grand Cafe de la Poste – our favourite for lunch outside:
Blv. El Mansour Eddhabit et Av. Imam Malik,Guéliz, Tel: 024 43 30 38
Bo & Zin – Ed described this as “the place for a groovy dinner, think a Hollywood producer’s pad from the 70’s – more beautiful people” – and it was the best night out we had. Started off with a posh dinner including Caviar (pretty reasonably priced too) and turned into dancing on the dinner tables and the bar, followed by a courtesy ride home from the club in one of their cars.
Bo Zin or a bit of clubbing at Le Comptoir, which was decent. Nikki Beach or Pacha are the other options supposedly.
Go to the Souks, lots of fun (for a while). Plenty of spices that you don’t need, leather bags that you want but smell disgusting and men trying to put snakes and monkeys on you so they can get money off you. Not good with a hangover, but you have to experience it. Other than that hang out on the roof of your Riad and enjoy the sun and some peppermint tea, hang out in the more refined Guilez and make some time for a trip to the mountains.
We stayed in a lovely Riad courtesy of Mr and Mrs Smith, great place with lovely staff and lazy boys on the roof perfect for breakfast, hangover recoveries, afternoon naps or general chilling. Oh and when you get lost and kids try to charge you money to show you how to get back to your Riad you can either refuse so as not to be ripped off or give in as we did to save yourself a lot of hassle. Taxis are cheap too (we got one 1.5hrs to the mountains for a very reasonable price, got them around town all the time and got one to the airport too).
Livability (2 out of 5)
Not a chance for me. I wouldn’t mind a secluded pad for some winter sun, but not a place I’d choose to live.