Hotel in Marrakech: Riad Lena
Riad Lena & Spa, Derb El Hammam, Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakech's medina is filled with "riads," traditional Moroccan houses with an interior garden or courtyard. We stayed at Riad Lena. From the narrow street, all you see is a door, but when you walk through you're in a magical open air courtyard - so cool! It had the awesome rooftop, tiny little foot pool in the courtyard, and they served a great breakfast on the roof every morning
Hiking with Splash Morocco!
Marrakesh, Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz, Morocco
We did a day trip with Splash Morocco Adventure tours to go hiking in the Atlas mountains outside of Marrakech. The company is run by an awesome, fun Scottish guy named Andy. He was super friendly and even invited us out to beers that same night! They offer multiple other excursions (rafting, climbing, etc). If we went back, I would totally book more excursions with them
Dinner at Café Arabe
Cafe Árabe, Rue Mouassine, Marrakesh, Morocco
We had a great dinner at Café Arabe. We got drinks and dinner up on the rooftop there our first or second night, it was great. One of the owners was Italian so I remember there being some pasta on the menu too - which is odd for Morocco but it was delicious! The bar on the roof was really cool and a great place for pre-dinner drinks.
Lunch at Earth Cafe
Earth Café, Marrakesh, Morocco
Chill Vegetarian restaurant we discovered in the medina. It's off a side street past Jemaa el Fna, so it's a bit hidden, but really great food for super reasonable prices
Dinner at Le Marrakchi
Restaurant le Marrakchi, Rue des Banques, Marrakesh, Morocco
Nice, trendy restaurant off of Jemaa el Fna (the main square). Great local cuisine with a modern twist
Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakesh, Morocco
Famous mosque and an iconic symbol of Marrakech, can be seen from all parts of the city
Drinks at Kosy Bar
Kosybar, Marrakesh, Morocco
We got wine on the rooftop of Kosy Bar, which was definitely the perfect place for drinks. This place was really cool and had three levels. The highest floor was completely outdoors and I think had views of the old palace walls (it was right by one of the palaces). On certain nights, has music and dancing
Beer & Trivia at Cafe du Livre!
Cafe du Livre, Marrakesh, Morocco
Our Scottish tour guide invited us here for beers after our hiking excursion. Clearly an expat bar. Surrounded by bookcases and the only place in all of Marrakech I saw beer on tap! We happened to be there on trivia night, which was a great time
Jardin Majorelle, Marrakesh, Morocco
Botanical garden in Marrakech, outside the medina. Designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle and (since the 80s) owned by Yves Saint-Laurent! Really nice place to spend a morning/afternoon.
Jemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco
The central square of Marrakech - you can't miss. In the morning, there are tons of vendors (try the fresh squeezed orange juice!), and at night, it's filled with musicians and entertainers. The square is surrounded by shops and restaurants.
Hotel in Fes: Riad Dar Guennoun
Riad Dar Guennoun, Fes, Morocco
The interior of this place was super cool and feels especially authentic Moroccan. The staff was super friendly and prepared us lunch when we arrived famished after a long train ride. Nice intimate rooftop to pop a bottle of wine at night.
Drinks at Mezzanine
Mezzanine, Avenue Moulay Hassan, Fes, Fes-Boulemane, Morocco
Lounge-y spot for drinks and had an amazing rooftop with torches
Drinks at Palais Jamai
Palais Jamaï, Fes, Morocco
A legit former palace overlooking the Fes Medina. The whole place is gorgeous. Also has a pool!
Dinner at Maison Blanche
Maison Blanche, Rue Ahmed Chaouki, Fes, Morocco
Now called "MB Fes." Upscale French Moroccan cuisine in the newer part of Fes. Classy ambience
Lunch at Café Clock
Café Clock, Fes, Morocco
Really cool place we got lunch at on one of our last days. Nice rooftop with good food. I remember wishing we had gone sooner – was definitely sort of a gathering place for backpackers (they hosted movie nights and other social things).
Bab Boujiloud (the "Blue Gate")
Bab Boujloud "The Blue Gate", Fes, Morocco
Cool site and a lively area in the medina. Lots of cafes around there