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A Daisy Guide To 72 Hours In Marrakech

Marrakech has always been close to our hearts. We travelled there back in 2018 with Estée Lalonde for one of our all-time favourite shoots. The riads, the medina, the food, and that light: it had us from that first sip of sweet mint tea. That's why, when Morocco re-opened its borders earlier this year, we were straight back out there for a long weekend of shopping, souks, and a little bit of sunbathing.

There are few places so close to home that you can feel such a sense of adventure. When you can travel from London to the Red City in under a four-hour flight, whether you're looking for Winter sun or a Summer getaway, Marrakech is the ultimate long weekend escape. So, if you've got a few days to spare, here is the Daisy guide to Marrakech. Buckle in.

Day 1

First thing’s first, you want to get yourself properly acquainted with the Red City, so grab a map (seriously, Google maps isn’t always so hot in the medina) and explore on foot. You could spend a lifetime exploring the souks. Traditionally, they were divided by speciality—but today, they blend effortlessly. Souk des Teinturiers, or ‘dyers' souk’ is the best for a photo opp, decorated with brightly coloured sheaves of drying wool. Don’t miss Biddarugs for the most gorgeous carpets in town, Darhaoui Poterie for ceramics, and Herboristerie Firdaous for cold-pressed argan oil and lots of natural beauty remedies.

Once you’re all shopped out, head to El Fenn for a sundowner. This has to be one of the coolest spots in the city. Sip on freshly made Berry Mojitos as the sun dips below the Atlas Mountains, the evening call to prayer resonates across the city. Bliss. Once you’ve drained your cocktail glasses you’re just a hop across to Marrakech’s main square, Jemaa el-Fnaa which comes alive at night time to the tune of snake charmers, live performers, and street sellers. Rub shoulders with locals and tourists alike as everyone jostles for the best seat in the house at arguably the best food stall in town, Number 14.

Day 2

Start the day with a leisurely pace and a stroll through Jardin Majorelle, making like the Moroccans and grabbing a morning freshly squeezed orange juice along the way (honestly, the OJ hits different here). Once the private garden of Yves Saint Laurent, the museum houses the sort of souvenir shop that you actually want to buy stuff from. Don’t skip it. Grab a quick bite in the sun-dabbled courtyard garden before heading on to Rue Yves St Laurent for some more retail therapy.

Lined with eclectic boutiques, Rue Yves St Laurent has become as synonymous with style as the name would suggest. One of our favourites has to be Hamimi Design, who work alongside skilled artisans to create their contemporary take on traditional Moroccan jewellery. Find them in their 33 Rue Majorelle concession, or if you can't make it out to Marrakech, you can shop their artisanal inspired pieces online.

Another must is the nearby David Bloch gallery, which champions a boundary-pushing collection of upcoming and unknown African artists. Though they might break the bank, it’s always inspiring to see what’s going on in the local art scene. Photography lovers will enjoy the House Of Photography Of Marrakech.

By now you’ve earned yourself a breather so indulge yourself in an evening hammam. We loved our treatment at Riad Tarabel (the hidden mirror spa door was a huge plus!) whilst Mouassine Hammam is the most historic, dating back to 1562. If you really want to splash out, check in to the Insta-famous La Mamounia for the full ‘Royal’ treatment.

Day 3

Today’s probably your last day so why not kick things off with a stop at Dar el Bacha coffee house. Decked from floor to ceiling in the most intricate Moroccan tiling, you can sip coffees of every flavour and combination (and even take a few bags home). All accompanied by a selection of pastries that look too good to eat. Now you’ve properly woken up, take home more than just coffee but the flavours of Morocco thanks to a cooking lesson courtesy of the lovely ladies at Amal Women’s Training Centre (or simply book in for lunch). Either way, this centre dedicated to the empowerment of disadvantaged women through restaurant training and job placement is an experience that shouldn’t be skipped.

Last stop, pick up any pieces that you missed first time around in the souk (haggler’s tip: you often get a better price if you say you’ll “think about it”), including that extra suitcase that you’re probably going to need!

What to pack? Marrakech is a city of artisans, so anything from our Artisan or Goddess collections. Pair these with some light, flowing linens, comfy sandals, a pair of sunnies and an enormous tote bag to cart or your purchases around!