A trip this summer took me to Morocco, Spain and a quick jaunt to Bordeaux, France. The trip was nothing short of amazing. The food, wine, culture, markets, shopping, sun, sand, hikes, train-rides – all an adventure. What at home could be classified as mundane morning coffee is a cultural experience in another country.
Marrakech, Morocco is a magical place. The scene – organized chaos among slow moving donkeys, speeding mopeds, horse-drawn carriages and snake charmers. The food – slow cooked lamb, varieties of grilled meat and ethereal couscous. We ate at literally hole-in-the-wall places with local craftsmen, traditional full-service, fine-dining restaurants and casual spots where chickens and peacocks roamed – all outstanding. The people – welcoming, hard-working artisans and of course Mustapha Ait Malek our personal guide and new friend.
Restaurants to try if you find yourself in Marrakech…
-Al Fassia Aguedal – outside of the medina, but worth the taxi for a beautiful 15 plate spread of salads to start the meal
-Azar – modern Moroccan/Mediterranean/Asian influences
-Dar El Baroud – traditional tagines
-Rotisserie de Lapaix – lovely patio with roaming peacocks, simple, light lunches.
-Night Market – pictured below, an “out of a movie” experience, words can not describe
MARRAKECH, MOROCCO :: GRILLED MEATS AT THE NIGHT MARKET