Marrakech: Melanie el Haddad

Marrakech - the mysterious and magical city of sights and smells and most importantly, must-have decor. We got a hit list of insider tips to add to your itinerary from the lovely Melanie el Haddad, owner of Moroccan decor destination El Ramla Hamra who has spent a considerable amount of time there sourcing products, suppliers and craftsmen to bring the best of Morocco to the homes of her customers and clients. Better yet - they ship internationally so if Morocco isn't in your travel plans, let Melanie bring a slice of Marrakech to your home! >>>>>>

Marrakech is one of my absolute favourite cities in Morocco, full of hidden secrets, a city with a great history. There’s no other city like Marrakech. You have to be there to understand. It’s the air, the atmosphere, the scents, the colours.

Here are my top tips of things you must see and do in Marrakech:

Djemaa el Fna The Djemaa El Fna Square is a place like no other; a magical place, surrounded by several bars. During the day you will find snake charmers, fortune tellers, henna artists, and much more. In the evening the square changes in a big feast with all kinds of food stalls next to each other. Don't stress about the food safety - all the locals eat there too which is always a sign that the food is great!

Maison de la photographie This is a museum which was founded in 2009. This museum is based in a riad, an old traditional house. You will find a wonderful collection of photographs taken in Morocco of the last two centuries. Very unique because there are little historical photographs of Morocco. On the museum's roof terrace you can enjoy a beautiful sunset with a nice drink.

Jardin du Majorelle Jardin du Majorelle is a beautiful botanical garden that was designed by a French artist in 1924. The garden contains plants from all five continents with a particular focus on everyone's favourite - the cactus family. In 1980, the garden came into the hands of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. It’s a lovely place to visit and a photographer's dream with the bright azure blue set against the soft succulent greens.

The Souks For all the scents and colors of course you go to the souks of the old Medina. If you have not been here, you're not really in Marrakech. It is a maze of streets with all kinds of '' shops'. It is a 1001-night atmosphere where you can buy everything. From leather shoes to tea glasses, from rugs to wooden tables. Almost everything is hand crafted.

Eating You can find a lot of restaurants in Morocco from very cheap to very expensive. Where you see the locals you know the food is good and often very affordable. Two very nice places to visit are La Terrasse des Epices (15 Souk Charifia Sidi Abdellaziz, Marrakech - located in the middle of the souks). It has an attractive roof terrace to relax with a coffee or a juice, a great place hang out after all the hustle and bustle of the medina streets... and L'tchine (Angle de la Rue Badr Et Boulevard Hassan II, Marrakech 40000). Delicious Moroccan traditional food with a modern twist, and don't miss the super yummy shakes!

And one last thing - if your feet are too sore from all the walking around the streets,  a lovely way to explore the city is by horse and carriage.

Happy Travels!

Melanie el Haddad El Ramla Hamra