RTW Trip Marrakech, Morocco Day 42: Marrakech’s Watering Holes
After another great breakfast at Riad Al Jawhara, we headed to the Maison de la Photographie to see a good collection of old photos from Marrakech’s past. Your ticket allows for multiple admission throughout the day, there is a rooftop restaurant, and a great toilet on the ground floor (yes, that is worth mentioning).
If you are into pastries that resemble pastries from the West, or are craving an ice-cream sundae, head to Patisserie des Princes pastry shop. You can get table service at the back. The place is comfortable enough and hassle free for women to go there alone.
For sundown, we opted to go to the most popular place overlooking the square. Le Grand Balcon Cafe Glacier has one thing going for them. It is the outdoor roof terrace view of the entire square. If you are lucky, you can get one of the tables at the edge of the table, and take photos of all the entertainers to your hearts content. All you need to do is order a beverage for access.
We took turns going to our preferred place for dinner. We first had our usual harira soup, then I had my egg potato sandwich, and Greg had his all American pizza and coke.
Having beers in public places in Morocco is always male dominated. We opted to drop by the very gloomy and dated Grand Hotel de Tazi, to only find a very drunk local man who was clearly looking for a party, and some French customers with their dogs. We also met a nice Moroccan guy who gave us tips on Essaouira, a seaside town we were headed to next. He gave us a bunch of information for free, which was quite surprising. I was ready to call it a night after one beer.
Riad Al Jawhara (with taxes) $57.29
Maison du Photographie 80 dirham
Al Alab Lunch shawarma 60 dirham
De Princes Pastry Shop 2 pastries 15 dirham
Carrefour snacks 19 dirham
Drinks at Glacier Restaurant 40 dirham
Booth 75 Harira soup 6 dirham
Booth 66 Egg potato sandwich 8 dirham
Pizza and coke 42 dirham
Grand Hotel de Tazi 90 dirham
Total cost: $57.29 + 360 dirham= $48.65 per person
What I learned: Definitely worth it to go to Le Grand Balcon Cafe Glacier right before 5pm to watch all the vendors start setting up. Stay until dark before heading to dinner.
Actual date of travel: Oct. 15, 2014