From its treasure-filled markets to its perfectly spiced cuisine, Morocco’s magical capital city enthralled our co-founder Susan Feldman and travel partner Ethan Trask on a recent trip. Read about their Marrakech must-dos, and stroll the bustling souks without ever leaving home.
From the colors to the textures to the smells, Marrakech is the most wonderful sensory overload. There’s an energy that makes it feel magical.
Dreamy riad (a traditional mansion-turned-hotel) that feels like the home of a well-traveled pal, complete with floor pillows for lounging, multiple fireplaces, and a lantern-lit pool—not surprising given that it’s owned by a top antiques dealer.
La Maison Arabe
One of the original riad hotels and still one of the best, with smile-inducing rooms (most with fireplaces and patios), a pool-sporting courtyard, and a vibe-y bar with a killer happy hour.
Reputable vacation-rental agency that can set you up with a gorgeous riad to call your own for the week for a surprisingly affordable price.
Eat + Drink
Hip, newish eatery with cool modern-leaning decor and a rooftop location that will make you want to camp out at a corner table and watch the sunset paint the market below a dusky pink.
Le Grand Café de la Poste
Potted palms, checkered floors, and wicker furnishings drive home the colonial vibes of this restaurant that draws a fashionable crowd for its Frenchy menu (great brunch) and languorous vibes.
An always-busy (and affordable) pizzeria that’s a long-time locals’ favorite dishing up thin-crust pizzas cooked to perfection in a wood-fired oven.
Atmospheric eatery tucked down an alleyway in a 17th-century mansion with tables in a courtyard shaded by palm fronds and movies projected on the wall at night.
Airy accessories atelier opened by French-born designer and personal shopper Laetitia Trouillet, who’s as plugged in as she is style savvy. Come for a purse, leave with the inside scoop on all Marrakech’s best spots.
Trésor des Nomades
Treasure trove of trinkets, lanterns, and rugs, owned by Mustapha Blaoui, a legendary antiques dealer. Imagine Aladdin’s cave come to life.
33 rue Majorelle
Cool concept store that’s part clothing boutique, part art and furniture gallery, and part café, offering an insanely beautiful mix of design-forward pieces made mostly in Morocco.
The rug store of your dreams—Berber carpets are a specialty—offering a far less harried buying experience than the touts in the souks.
Enchanting desert-y gardens surrounding a neon-blue villa that was a home of designer Yves Saint Laurent. The perfect place to spend an inspiring afternoon.
Historical site, once a Koranic college, that’s all archways, intricate plasterwork, and elaborate mosaics. It feels like the most tranquil oasis in the midst of the bustling city.
La Pause Marrakech
Eco-luxe property outside the city in the Agafay Desert that’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before, with tent-sided rooms layered with Moroccan wedding blankets and furs and no electricity. Spend at least one night.
Hammam de la Rose
Chic spa in the middle of the medina offering up a haute take on the traditional hammam bathing ritual with an exfoliating scrub, an argan-oil rub, and a mineral mask.