Marrakech: "New York Times Journeys" Morning Walking Tour
- Visit the newly opened Le Jardin Secret to reveal the architectural nuances of a typical Moroccan riad
- Discover the astonishing architecture that had been hidden for years behind the walls of the Douiria Museum
- Savor a refreshing mint tea in a funky boutique cafe
Afterwards, another architectural stunner awaits at the recently restored Douiria Museum in the Mouassine Quarter. A remarkable example of Saadian design from the late 16th to early 17th centuries, the building features a house and a douiria (reception area), making it more of a home than an actual museum. Your next stop is close to this world-famous market of spices, known locally as Place des Épices, but the focus at Souk Chérifia is on modern motifs. Here you will find traditional pottery, baskets and souvenirs, and you will also have the opportunity to visit small concept stores that proudly display current Moroccan designs. Nearby, Rahba Lakdima Square is crammed with apothecaries that sell exotic and mysterious supplies to locals, as well as traditional spice mixtures and cosmetics. The Tiskiwin Museum, also known as Maison Tiskiwin and the Bert Flint Museum are some of the finest museums in the country displaying artifacts from Morocco, the Sahara and other nearby areas of interest. Your next stop will be Riad Yima, an achingly hip cafe, boutique and gallery founded by the renowned photographer Hassan Hajjaj.
Feeling suitably refreshed, your shopping spree will continue at Chabi Chic, where the pottery, jewellery and clothing all have a hippie vibe. The store opened several years ago with the creation of a line of dishes that featured long-established Moroccan patterns and stripes, handmade by Moroccan craftsmen. There will be time to make purchases in all the stores that you visit, should you wish to do so. After a busy morning of sightseeing and shopping, you will satisfy your appetite with a traditional lunch. This won’t be just any lunch mind you; rather than being taken to a restaurant, you will experience true Moroccan hospitality and home cooking in a "riad" in the center of town, where you will enjoy a freshly prepared feast with a local family. As you eat, you will get to know the family and learn more about their lives in Marrakesh.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees
- Mint tea
- Additional food and drinks
Prepare for the activity
- Comfortable shoes
• Please wear casual and comfortable clothing
• This is a child-friendly tour, children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above
• Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge, please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6
• Your tout will be in a small group consisting of a maximum of 12 people