Marrakech: How to navigate Djemaa el-Fna square

Djemaa el-Fna square is the bustling hub of Marrakech. What begins as an square with a few pedestrians and  dozens of orange juice stands (which provide ridiculously good OJ by the way) during the day, turns into a packed market place with food stands, snake charmers, monkeys and dancers at night.

You cannot visit the city and miss it, but sometimes it can get too much. With everyone trying to sell you something, it is not somewhere you can simply relax but there is a way.

On one side of the square was a rooftop bar and restaurant. Now I cannot say whether the food is good there because I ate at the food market in the square. With piles of meats and vegetables in the midst of buzzing tourists, it is almost an obligation to eat at the market at least once. However I can definitely say that the bar is the perfect place for a drink and a view.

On the roof terrace you can sit at a table and watch the bustle unfold below. You can hear the music, see the smoke and watch the entertainers from afar, catching things you just can’t see standing in the middle of everything.

Sadly, I can’t remember the name of the place but it is impossible to miss it if you look up at the surrounding buildings and, as far as I am concerned, it is an unmissable way to experience the square.

The hustle and bustle of life on the square is definitely something to get involved with however, when it gets too much, looking down from a sky bar is like a whole different world.


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