Navigate the labyrinthine streets of Marrakech, stopping off at retro restaurants, design-focused museums and Berber lodges, with our guide to the top locations in Morocco’s Red City.

Check off the top things to do in Marrakech

Musée Yves Saint Laurent

Dedicated to iconic designer, Yves Saint Laurent, this museum invites you to meet the man behind the brand. Showcasing 50 rarely-seen garments from the French couturier’s collection, this terracotta building houses YSL’s famed peacoat, the Mondrian dress and “Le Smoking” tuxedo to name a few. Museum scenographer Christophe Martin paints a truly immersive picture with sketches, photographs, runway shows, films and music framing the life and times of one of fashion’s finest visionaries.

Beldi Country Club

Combining Moroccan tradition and French-chic, this country club is perfect for a spot of R&R away from the bustling medina streets. It draws the likes of Poppy Delevigne with boho-village vibes – head here to meander through the narrow alleyways, elegant riads and shaded courtyards, stopping to admire olive-trees, rose gardens and Atlas Mountain panoramas en route.

La Famille

Set in a rustic-rural courtyard off the Riad Zitoun Jdid, this hidden-gem restaurant is a must-visit. Mere footsteps from Bahia Palace it serves up good food and good company. With a menu as simple as its no-frills decor, this low-key eatery offers organic salads, flower-infused waters and vegan bites for a pallet-pleasing lunch.

Berber Lodge Oumnas

Looking to broaden your horizons? Leave behind the big city and head south to the village of Oumnas, just a 40-minute drive outside of Marrakech. Complementing the Moroccan countryside, this rural dwelling is worthy of a desktop background, with ancient gardens and olive trees adding to Berber Lodge’s old-fashioned feel. Traditionally built using earth bricks, reed ceilings, palm trees and eucalyptus woods, these nine individual lodges are linked by a central hamlet which benefits from a restaurant and swimming pool.

La Maison de la Photographie

The lovechild of Hamid Mergani and Patrick Manac’h, the Maison de la Photographie houses an impressive collection of over 8,000 photographs, taken between 1870 and 1960. A cultural institution, this peach-hued museum offers a snapshot in time; photos, glass negatives, postcards, journals, maps, prints and documentaries tell the story of Morocco’s colourful past. Whether you’re a polaroid-pro or a point-and-shoot type photographer, the Maison de la Photographie is a welcome respite from the Moroccan rays – replenish on the rooftop terrace with a pot of tea and 360° views.

Le Jardin

Le Jardin is a hidden oasis free from bustling crowds and selfie-taking tourists. Step through its unassuming door into an edenic paradise of 60s retro vibes, courtesy of restaurateur Kamal Laftimi and interior architect, Anne Favier. Revel in the 16th-century architecture and botanical gardens of this insta-worthy restaurant complete with mosaics, a sun-kissed terrace and bohemian fairy lights. It’s the perfect pit-stop for traditional Moroccan mezzes, slow-cooked tagines and replenishing mint teas, so head here after a long day of shopping in the souks.

Musée de la Palmeraie

A vintage lover’s dream, this small museum dating from the 40s offers a window into Morocco’s modern art scene. Home to perfumer Abderrazak Benchaâbane’s private collection of paintings, photographs, sculptures, calligraphy and installations, the Musée de la Palmeraie reconciles art and nature against the backdrop of Andalusian-style gardens.

  • +212 6610-95352
  • Dar Tounsi
    Route de Fès
    En face d'Atacadao
    40000

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