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The perfect shop if you're looking for something other than baboosh's selling sandals trainers and boots.
Dar Si Said
This 19th century palace now home to the Museum of Moroccan Arts exhibits all kinds of traditional artefacts from Berber daggers to distinctive pottery from the regions of Safi and Zagoura.
Kasbah du Toubkal
As the gateway to the highest mountain in North Africa, the Kasbah du Toubkal is a wonderful hotel with amazing views up the mountain and down the valley
Le Lounge
Sip a cocktail at Le Lounge's red-themed interior, or outside on the terrace.
Golf d’Amelkis
Know as one of the best courses in Morocco; located in a beautiful setting.
Amanjena Spa
A huge range of treatments including the traditional hammam as well as a superb Thai restaurant.
Bougainvillea Cafe
At the centre of the action this little cafe is the perfect place to stop off for a bite to eat when exploring the souks.
Club Equestre de la Palmeraie
This picturesque setting is not only great for a spot of horse riding but the hotel itself also has other facilities should you wish to make a day of it.
La Maison du Kaftan Marocain
The name says it all; kaftans in all shapes colours and sizes.
Museum of Marrakech
Focusing on both 'heritage' art and contemporary art, this is a popular spot.
Cafe Extrablatt
This debutante to the Gueliz district's cafe scene is already a favourite.
Art & Deco
The beautiful dark green Ceramic Du Tamgrout is sold here in all shapes and sizes from bowls to lamps they also stock other types of crockery and in other colours.
Arab thoroughbred-inspired Marrakech Palace designed by Hotel Costes legend Jacques Garcia...
Beldi Country Club
Beldi Country Club, about 10 mins drive from the Medina is a wonderful oasis of calm set in the grounds of a rose farm and complete with spa and restaurant
European and Moroccan designs at competitive prices.
Ensemble Artisanal
Owned by the state this market has a reputation for being the best of it's kind.
Mamounia Gardens
The Mamounia Hotel takes its name from these infamously charming gardens.
Award winning designs by English born Yahya. His contemporary designs using brass and other metals attract huge names such as Harrods.
Koutoubia Mosque
The southern half of the Medina is somewhat less hectic than the north, and is primarily a residential area. Filled with some of Marrakech's cultural landmarks, the South Medina is a popular tourist spot. The Koutoubia Mosque acts as a Moroccan lan
El Badil
Only authentic antiques sold at this two storey maze of treasures.
Bahia Palace
A must-see if you are interested in the history and architecture of the city.
Oukaimeden Ski Resort
Oukaimeden is Morocco's principle ski resort, set 50 miles from Marrakech. Here there are both pisted runs and off-piste (of course depending on snow conditions). Elsewhere in the High Atlas it is possible to do some ski touring, including an ascent/
Choose from pumping techno or surreal Moroccan cabaret at the unique VIP club.
Original Design
A pretty jewel amid the rough and clangorous environs of the Place des Ferblantiers selling all sorts of Morrocan kick-knacks.
Palais Rhoul
As well as the usual treatments Abdel Kader the resident therapist offers other lesser known but equally as incredible treatments.
La Pause
Just 45 minutes out of town owner Frederic offers trekking cycling and crazy golf to name just some of your options.
Kasbah Agafay
This beautifully situated cookery school with it's home grown produce is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Dar Attajmil
Ksar Char-Bagh
Set in a modern Persian palace, this is undoubtedly one of the finest restaurants in the city.
Jnane Tamsna
The organic gardens and elegant scenery are worth traveling the extra distance.
Jad Mahal
Music and atmosphere add to the good food at the palatial and buzzing Jad Mahal.
Les Negoçiants
Good breakfasts and a terrific social scene make Negoçiants a popular spot in Gueliz.
Café du Livre
Great literature and an imaginative menu have made Café du Livre a big hit
Café de la Poste
This bistro-style cafe/restaurant in Gueliz is by far the trendiest spot to lunch in town.
Café des Epices
Simple but charming refuge from the souks.
Café Arabe
One of a few refined sanctuaries within the souks.
Café de France
Café de France doesn't go big on decorative chic but nonetheless it's one of the best-known places on the Jemaa el Fna. Its large dimensions and excellent location make it a convenient meeting-point, and ensures that it's always busy with a heal
Marrakech's newest and brightest place to dine, dance and be seen.
The Hedonist: Marrakech
Katie Manning checks out Marrakech's hottest hangouts for The Hedonist, Hg2's fortnightly column in The Independent.

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