My first trip to Africa was nothing short of amazing. What I perceived be a chaotic market place in the Old Medina square of Marrakech, is a plethora of winding roads that seem chaotic; but run rather smoothly according to the locals. Don’t be surprised to see a mixture between the old world and the new in this vibrant and colorful city. A typical day in traffic consists of donkeys carrying spices, horse and carriages waiting at red lights with traditional vehicles and the everpresent sound of scooter bikes roaming through the marketplace. The energy here never dies down and a greeting from a monkey tapping you on your shoulder isn’t out of the ordinary… It happens.
The great balance is found in the city’s most beautiful Riads. You’ll find these to be particularly charming and relaxing, away from the noise of the city. Most Riads are tucked away in the most quaint of places throughout the city. These boutique style accommodations offer a bit of peace and relaxation after a day in the market place. Be sure to end your day with traditional Moroccan mint tea and local pastries. They will most-likely be offered to you wherever you go being that it’s a local staple. The beautiful mix of varying cultures, colors, and languages is the perfect mesh for anyone (like myself) who loves a nice dose of culture during their travels.
I know that one of the biggest questions will be about food. And, since I’m a true foodie at heart, of course I have answers. I was in search of the perfect Moroccan dining experience when I came across Comptoir Darna. The restaurant, club, and patio bar has mastered the perfect ambiance with low lighting, spicy colors, eclectic music and flavorful dishes. Once your dining experience is complete, you can head upstairs to the nightclub equipped with entertainment (Moroccan Belly Dancers) and live music. I had to make a second trip to Comptoir Darna just for the vegetable couscous which has to be one of the best dishes I’ve ever tasted. It was the perfect experience and encompasses everything that you would need for the perfect night out in Marrakech.