Here is a selection of Giovanna's priceless tips.
What are you waiting for? Jump in the car and start roaming Marrakech's hidden gems.
Giovanna is the owner of Riad 72 and has spent over 10 years in Morocco, she's enthusiast to share with her guests, the secret tips for you to enjoy the city at its best.
Where to go and what to see
- The Square of the Sorcerer: In nearby Bab Ksour, there is a place where every Thursday afternoon, you can have the future predicted by fortune-telling women who can read it by dissolving the tin. This is a very traditional and unique sight to experience. No photos allowed and unfortunately they speak only Moroccan.
- Café de France and Djamaa El Fnaa Square: Go at sunset to find a colourful crossroad of culture, goods, people and food.
- Industrial area Sidi Ghanem: An aritsanal area with plenty of workshops and galleries.
Where to eat
Lunch and snacks
- Terrase des Epices (Medina): A large panoramic terrasse serving good local food.
- Le Jardin (Medina): Patio dining, great salads and tagine, in a 17th century walled garden.
- Dar Cherifa (Medina): A key venue for art, culture, seminars, communication and international exchange. A perfect setting for a delicious snack or meal.
- Le Grand Cafe' de la Poste (Gueliz) : A French Bistro with contemporary atmsphere.
- Katsura: A restaurant in Gueliz for fans of Japanese and Thai cuisine.
- 16 Cafe (Gueliz): Salads, sandwiches and great French pastries.
- Le Zinc: Nice and good French food in the artisanal area of Sidi Ghanem.
- Beldi Country Club (Cherifia): A restaurant, swimming pool and spa; a great place to spend the whole day.
- Terra Ababila (Cherifia): My husband and I opened our countryside Pavillion so that guests of Riad 72 can enjoy a very special and unique lunch experience. You can spend the whole day sun-bathing by the swimming pool and be sure to spend one hour or two in the hammam.
- Lotus Club: dinner is served with live music in the posh Hivernage neighborhood.
- Jad Mahal: Enjoy dinner with belly dancers and afterwards drink cocktails in the lounge bar accompanied by live music in the Hivernage neighborhood.
- Theatro : A small and intimate nigh club disco-club found in the Hivernage neighborood.
- 555 Club: A popular bar and club in Agdal
Not only Marrakech
- Nectarome: A bio-aromatic garden where you can buy local products. Located in Ourika valley, it is about 30 minutes by car from Marrakech.
Art Galleries and museums
- Dar Cherifa: The riad itself is an open museum that hosts art exhibitions featuring local artists.
- Maison de la photographie: photography museum in the Medina
- Galerie 127: The first photo gallery in Marrakech, located in the lively Gueliz area.
- Voice Gallery: A space dedicated to displaying both international and local artists found in the Industrial area
- Tresor de Nomades: A selection of textiles, antiques, metalwork and ceramics by
- Musthapha Blaoui.
- Bladi Design: purely Moroccan and handmade, Bladi design offers hand-crafted objects for sale in the Medina.
- Galerie Pop: A concept store showcasing a variety of art by Moroccans and International artists. Located in the industrial area Sidi Ghanem
- 33 Rue de Majorelle: Found outside the ‘Jardin Majorelle’ shopping centre, this is another Moroccan-inspired concept store
- Moor and Akbar delights: The creation of Yann Dobry you will find hanging lacquered lanterns, embroidered linen, silk and cotton tunics for sale. Stores can be found in both Gueliz and Medina.