Marrakech itself has an array of cultural, historical and gastronomical delights: there’s the Bahia Palace and the Koutoubia mosque; Yves Saint Laurent’s former home and botanical gardens at Le Jardin Majorelle; and not forgetting the Maison de la Photographie, whose collection of over 8,000 old photographs spans from 1870-1950, as well as regular temporary exhibitions too.
While the narrow streets of Marrakech’s medina are abuzz with hagglers, hustlers and hidden hammams, it’s also the best place to find hearty traditional meals for next to nothing. Close to the Marrakech Museum, locals and tourists alike dine together Bakchich, a seemingly hole-in-the-wall eatery with a stunningly intimate rooftop terrace. The sizzling tagines are the house speciality, ranging from spicy merguez, rabbit or a vegetarian fig, apricot and almond option. For adventurous foodies, head to Souk Talaa and ask any stallholder for Monsieur Fromage – they’ll happily point you in the right direction. His street-food specialty is juicy grilled lamb skewers – kidneys or chops – served with warm flatbread and tea. Make sure to get there early, as he’s usually sold out and shut up shop by 2pm!
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