The first night in Marrakech, we were lucky enough to get back to the riad in time to catch the sunset and the calls to prayer from the scenic vantage of the roof. After cocktails, a remarkable cous cous dinner and getting to know each other (I was on a photography course trip) I carefully made my way down the winding tiled stairs to the bathroom, turned on the light and was greeted by the beautiful pattern streaming from the cutout wall sconce. I was to see this type of stunning, unlikely art in several places in the city over the course of my stay.
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Dining by candle-light
There’s plenty of fun to be had eating Marrakesh’s street food, but sometimes the heart and the stomach craves something a little more cosy. Most good riads offer home-cooked dinners for those nights when you want to stay in and eat in your private salon. In fact, many of the best riads double-up as intimate restaurants and are particularly known for their imaginative approaches to modern Moroccan cuisine. Splurge on that special dinner for two at places like Riad Kniza, Maison Arabe, Pepe Nero and Dar Fenn – the latter is also a delightful place for pre-dinner cocktails.