MARRAKECH

Marrakech is divided into two areas, The Old City ( aka the Medina ) where all the souks and markets are, and Modern City which houses the commercial quarter and residential area of the city.

I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when coming to Morocco but I will say that never once did I feel in danger. I spent quite a few hours walking through the souks exploring little alley ways and stall after stall of shoes, leather goods, kaftans, herbs and more. Everyone was pretty friendly but don't expect to take any photos of the locals or ask for directions without a price tag! 

I coincidentally came to Morocco at the beginning of Ramadan. I had no idea what Ramadan was before arriving, so if you don't know much about it either let me fill you in. Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year in the Islamic calendar. It is the anniversary of the revelation of the Quran. From dusk to dawn (17 hours) they don't drink, eat, smoke, or engage in sexual intercourse. The fast is intended to bring them closer to God, have time to reflect on the past years action, ask for forgiveness, and purify the soul. It is an exercise in self-restraint, and a time to de-tach from world pleasures and focus on prayer. 

 

WHERE I STAYED

LA MAMOUNIA

This luxury hotel is approximately 1km from all the souks and markets. It is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever been to, which is why Winston Churchill was a big fan. The hotel embodies glamour and leisure. There is a 17 acre garden in the back that has a path along the perimeter which is a great place to go for a jog if you feel like you need to work off all the bread that you'll be eating in Morocco. It has 3 exquisite restaurants ( French, Italian and Moroccan ) and not one, but TWO beautiful pools (indoor and outdoor). 

 
 

 

RIAD FARNATCHI

Staying at Riad Farnatchi was such a good change of pace from La Mamounia. Riad Farnatchi only has 6 rooms and really gives you an intimate experience instead of being lost in the shuffle of a massive hotel. This 5 star hotel is centrally located within the souks , so the moment you walk out the hotel door you are ready to explore the city streets. Not only is this hotel beautiful and small, it has an amazing spa for the moments where you need to just relax after a day of being on your feet. 

 
 

 

EL FENN

Hands down my favorite hotel we stayed at in Marrakech. I only got to spend one night there which was such a bummer , but I am stoked that I even found out about this gem. There's a chic restaurant with a cocktail bar, as well as 2 courtyard pools and a roof terrace with a plunge pool. And every day around 3PM they do cookie and tea time in the main area. Other amenities include a spa , hot tub, and hammam. 

 
 

 

WHERE TO EAT

Honestly, I stuck with the hotel restaurants. They were all so amazing!

HOTEL MAMOUNIA

They have three restaurants located within the hotel - Italian, French, and Moroccan. The Moroccan restaurant Le Marocain was absolutely fabulous and beyond stunning. With all outdoor seating overlooking the garden , its the perfect place to have a relaxing night. 

What I ordered:

Chicken Couscous with onions, raisons, chickpeas and carrots

Sea Bass in coriander crust, red olives, "vierge" sauce with lemon confit

 

FARNATCHI

(Room Service night)

Pizza and Chicken Sandwich

 

EL FENN

Scallops

Fresh Fish of the Day

(And the bread is pretty bomb)

 

WHAT TO PACK

OCEAN AND MAIN TUNIC   Even though Morocco is relatively liberal with what women are allowed to wear ( they are not required to wear a Niqāb ) , you still can't walk around in shorts. All I wore the entire time in Morocco were these dresses from  Ocean and Main . A common thing to wear in Morocco are Kaftans, and Ocean and Main makes the perfect dress's (Tunics and Kaftans) that blend in with the dress code. Below are the two that I wore every day. 

OCEAN AND MAIN TUNIC

Even though Morocco is relatively liberal with what women are allowed to wear ( they are not required to wear a Niqāb ) , you still can't walk around in shorts. All I wore the entire time in Morocco were these dresses from Ocean and Main. A common thing to wear in Morocco are Kaftans, and Ocean and Main makes the perfect dress's (Tunics and Kaftans) that blend in with the dress code. Below are the two that I wore every day. 

HERSCHEL BACKBAG   Backbags are my jam... I will carry a backbag over a purse any day. Until I make my own backbag line, and I am a big fan of  Herschel  . They know what they're doing when it comes to simplicity and making a solid bag. 

HERSCHEL BACKBAG

Backbags are my jam... I will carry a backbag over a purse any day. Until I make my own backbag line, and I am a big fan of Herschel . They know what they're doing when it comes to simplicity and making a solid bag. 

RAG AND BONE SNEAKERS   R&B is by far one of my favorite brands but I hardly ever buy from them because I just don't want to spend all my money on clothes... BUT these pair of shoes I got from them are by far the BEST shoe purchase I have ever made. My feet and knees tend to hurt after walking around for hours, but I have now found a pair of shoes that allow me to walk all day without pain. I honestly can't even believe it. I however made the silly mistake of buying these shoes in white leather ( they don't make them in white leather anymore... wonder why?) and I have given up on keeping them clean. HOWEVER they do sell them in this beautiful olive and camel suede.

RAG AND BONE SNEAKERS

R&B is by far one of my favorite brands but I hardly ever buy from them because I just don't want to spend all my money on clothes... BUT these pair of shoes I got from them are by far the BEST shoe purchase I have ever made. My feet and knees tend to hurt after walking around for hours, but I have now found a pair of shoes that allow me to walk all day without pain. I honestly can't even believe it. I however made the silly mistake of buying these shoes in white leather ( they don't make them in white leather anymore... wonder why?) and I have given up on keeping them clean. HOWEVER they do sell them in this beautiful olive and camel suede.

Monroe Alvarez