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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

restaurants

Bô-Zin

This beautiful restaurant has a glamorous interior and a chic Parisian feel. Dim lighting and chilled music add a slightly illicit sense of intimacy making it the perfect place to sip delicious cocktails and linger over the flavoursome international cuisine. The tempo lifts as belly dancers gyrate and swirl, and guests groove between tables to the resident DJ’s tunes. On a warm night kick back on an oversized mattress or private tent in the spectacular outdoor oasis under the stars.

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 View Map ... Douar Lahna, Route de L’Ourika, Marrakech, Morocco
Café Des Epices

Tucked away in the corner of the souk des epices (Spices Market), this little gem is a welcome place to take a rest from the busy souks and rising heat of the medina. In a charming red building it has a wonderful rooftop terrace with great views over the market, and on a clear day, all the way across the snowy Atlas mountains. Pick up a house-branded straw hat, order lunch from the simple but tasty menu and enjoy the chilled music and relaxed vibe before you head back into the frenzied souks.

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 View Map ... 75 Rahba Lakdima, Marrakech, Morocco
Dar Marjana

If you want to dine like royalty an ideal place is Dar Marjana. One of Marrakech’s traditional riad restaurants, it is set in an exquisite palace opening onto a courtyard filled with cypress trees. It serves exceptional classic Moroccan food and will dazzle your senses as endless courses with unlimited drinks are brought to your table in tajines modelled on huge circus tents. The service is so personalised that upon arrival into the dining salon your name will be written on your table in flower petals! When you are too full to move an inch, the lively Gnaoua musicians and belly dancers will lift you from your reclined cushions and entice you to join in.

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 View Map ... 15, Derb Sidi Tair, Bab Doukkala, Marrakech, Morocco
Dar Yacout

Dar Yacout is a true jewel of Marrakech’s restaurant treasures. The banquet marathon is complimented by an ultra-romantic setting, starting with a drink on the mansion’s rooftop terrace and followed by numerous courses served in enormous velvet tagine-shaped platters. The magic of Dar Yacout is pervasive - mosaic floors and fountains, exotic lanterns and a sculpted fireplace in the bathroom.

 View Map ... 79 Sidi Ahmed Soussi, Bab Doukkala, Médina, Marrakech, Morocco
Le Fondouk

One of Marrakech’s most in-vogue restaurants, Le Fondouk invites you to lounge on cushions in its modern European interior despite being housed in an old riad. The food is Moroccan with French and Italian swirls forming an inspiring tapas-style treat, but without the swarm of endless dishes that Marrakechi restaurants can sometimes over-do.

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 View Map ... 55 Souk Hal Fassi, Kat Bennahid, Marrakech, Morocco

what we think

Indulge in a sensory explosion in Marrakech. The markets are a maze of jewellery stalls, brightly coloured homewares, underground carpet emporiums and pyramids of spices. In the adjacent old city square Jmaa el Fnaa, the best place to enjoy the view of the city is on a rooftop café sipping fresh local mint tea. However as night falls, the square transforms into a street circus full of performers, snake charmers and monkeys, and the square is enveloped by thick smoke as hundreds of stalls offer freshly cooked Moroccan delicacies. The show continues at the decadent palace-style restaurants where you will feel truly regal devouring each of the 10 courses. The majestic theme continues as you retreat at the end of the day to your magnificent riad, where behind an inconspicuous door lies an exotic oasis.