Some people go skiing, others head for vitamin D with a little shot of culture. After that little blizzard this week, we’re totally up for option B. Sorry snow, we’re just not that into you right now. Destination sun leads us to one of the most fascinating cities in the world: Marrakesh. 1001 days & nights in all its glory.

The YSL Museum

On the 19th of October, The Yves Saint Laurent Museum officially opened its doors in Marrakesh. The building, designed by Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier from Studio KO looks just far beyond amazing. It was one of the favorite cities of the designer so it seemed obvious that besides Paris, a second museum had to be located here. 4000 square meters are fully dedicated to YSL’s life. Besides his own collections, there are also changing exhibitions within the museum. You can find more info via museeyslmarrakesh.com.

Rue Yves St Laurent, Marrakech 40000

Marrakesh

YSL MUSEUM

The Riads

One thing that makes Marrakesh stand out from any other city in the world is its colorful Riads. These traditional Moroccan houses are built around a central courtyard with a little fountain or pool. If you really want to go for a full local experience, don’t pick a hotel but book yourself a stay in one of these.

Marrakesh

RIAD NOIR D’IVOIRE

Marrakesh Riad Yamina

RIAD YAMINA

Marrakesh

RIAD DE VINCI

The food (of course)

An interesting mix between Arabic, Berber and Mediterranean cuisine is what kind of defines the food. Tagines, Harira soup, Couscous dishes, Zaalouk, lentil salads and lots of pastries. We suggest you postpone your diet till after your holiday. Two of the restaurants you must go to are All Fassia Guéliz (run by women only) and La Jardin (just look at the picture and you’ll know).

Marrakesh Al Fassia

AL FASSIA GUELIZ

Marrakesh Le Jardin

LE JARDIN

Shopping

It’s hard to think of Marrakesh and not to imagine a souk. These huge open-air markets are a must-visit when you’re around. Just make sure you don’t get lost, learn how to haggle and if you don’t like chaos, we suggest you keep your visit short. If you’re more of a boutique person there are Lalla (bags by designer Laetitia Trouillet) and Norya Ayron (on the 1st floor above Restaurant Le Jardin), amongst others.

Lalla Marrakesh

LALLA

Slipper Souk Marrakesh

SLIPPER SOUK

The architecture

As we already said in the introduction, there’s a 1001 nights kind of magic about Marrakesh. And it’s mainly because of the architecture. Two of the many highlights to put on your t-visit list are Medersa Ben Youssaf (Islamic college) and El Badi Palace (built in 1578 for Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur).

One important tip: don’t forget to bring your camera, you’ll need it!

Marraesh Medersa Ben Youssef

MEDERSA BEN YOUSSEF

Marrakesh street view

STREET VIEW

Marrakesh El Badi Palace

EL BADI PALACE

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