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Marrakech Nightlife

Visiting Jemaa el-Fna at night is a treat in itself, as an assortment of dancers, musicians and street performers turn the sociable street-front food court into a giant theatre. Away from the square, you will find comfy bars and cutting-edge dance clubs, especially along Avenue Mohammed V and inside various luxury hotels.

Bars in Marrakech

Cafe Modele Bar

Tucked away down a Guéliz side street, this bar serves one of the cheapest pints in the city. It's a popular hangout for local men.

Address: Guéliz, Boulevard el Mansour Eddahbi, Marrakesh,

Café Arabe

This stylish restaurant with a roof terrace is for you to enjoy the views of the medina with a cocktail.

Address: Medina, 184 rue Mouassine, Marrakesh,
Telephone: +212 524 429 728

Le Churchill

One of the most glamorous hotel bars in the city is undoubtedly Le Churchill, at La Mamounia Hotel, which has a sumptuous Moorish and art deco interior and a strict dress code. It is named after the hotel's most famous guest and is the perfect place for an aperitif in jazzy 1930s style.

Address: , La Mamounia, Avenue Bab Jedid, Marrakesh,
Telephone: +212 524 388 600

Clubs in Marrakech

Comptoir Darna

A versatile space, the Comptoir Darna offers indecisive punters a restaurant, cabaret and nightclub experience all rolled into one. The snug outdoor patio is the perfect place to sip on the bar's much-loved signature cocktails, before heading upstairs to listen to the thumping baseline of dance music.

Address: , Avenue Echouhada, Marrakesh,
Telephone: +212 524 437 702

Famous 555 Club Marrakech

Situated within the Hôtel Ushuaia, a 10-minute drive south of the medina, hot young things dance and sweat the night away in this glamorous venue where resident DJs (and often special guests) blast house music into the early hours. Ladies get free entry and free drinks on Tuesdays.

Address: , Hôtel Ushuaia, Avenue Mohammed VI, Marrakesh,
Telephone: +212 678 643940

Pacha Marrakech

10 minutes south of Jemaa el-Fna, this popular nightclub has a huge dance floor crowded with clubbers after a fun night out. There is a separate VIP lounge area for those who want to chill.

Address: , Avenue Mohammed VI, Marrakesh,
Telephone: +212 524 388 400


One of Marrakech's trendiest venues, Theatro has a roster of international DJs spinning the deck and performers (acrobats, jugglers and dancers) entertaining the crowds.

Address: , Rue Ibrahim El Mazini, Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 664 860 339

Live music in Marrakech

African Chic

This bar, in the Guéliz area, hosts live music nightly and has a dance floor for you to strut your stuff.

Address: , 6 Rue Oum Errabia, Marrakesh,
Telephone: +212 524 431 424

Jemaa el Fna

Street musicians come out to entertain the crowds on Jemaa el-Fna at sunset, playing their rhythmic melodies on a mixture of flutes, lutes, drums, tambourines, and a violin-style instrument called Kamanjā.

Address: Medina, Jemaa el Fna, Marrakesh,

Classical music in Marrakech

Théâtre Royal

Featuring an open-air theatre and an opera house, this theatre hosts various performances, including ballet and classical music.

Address: , Avenue Hassan II, Marrakesh,
Telephone: +212 524 431 516

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Featured Hotels


Riad Dar Aby

Situated just outside the Medina, Riad Dar Aby houses a number of en-suite rooms circled around a bright, tiled courtyard. The daily breakfast of Moroccan pancakes with lashings of jam provides a homely touch, while free Wi-Fi access, optional specialised tours and friendly staff complete the package.

Riad Cherihane

Notable for its vibrant rooftop garden where tortoises laze in sun, the well-priced Riad Chrihane is situated near the northern edge of the Medina, roughly a 15-minute walk from Jemaa el Fna. Though it can be tough to track down, due to its location down a quiet side alley, complimentary Moroccan tea and biscuits greet wearisome guests.

Riad L'Etoile D'Orient

Restored in 2010, this tastefully appointed riad mixes the modern with the traditional, meaning guests can upload snaps of the refined Moroccan decor using the speedy free Wi-Fi service. Just minutes from Jemaa el Fna, rooms here include flatscreen TVs and gorgeous bathrooms. There's also a rooftop terrace to enjoy.

Riad Al Massarah

This riad is the definition of Marrakech cool, with its blend of traditional lofty architecture, handsome custom-made furnishings and ultramodern bathroom fittings by Philippe Starck. Proprietors Michael and Michel are blazing the trail for responsible tourism with clever use of natural light and solar energy, contributions to local charities, and standard-setting wages for staff.

Riyad El Cadi

This elegant guesthouse is a maze of historic riads set around five courtyards and faceted with private balconies, terraces, staircases and light wells. Each of the rooms has its own décor scheme (stay in the cupola-capped Ottoman suite with Turkish tile and latticework harem balcony). It also has a pool with Jacuzzi, subterranean hammam and well-stocked wine cellar.

La Maison Arabe Marrakech

Opened in the 1940s, La Maison Arabe was a popular dining place for the rich and famous (Winston Churchill was a patron). It closed in the 1980s but reopened in 1998 as a hotel with Italian blueblood and African antiques collector Frederic Ruspoli at the helm. His collection is now the centrepiece of the hotel's luxuriously restored suites and rooms.