A favorite of locals and tourists alike for its wickedly comfortable wicker seats scattered along the sidewalk, Café des Négociants is a prime spot for people watching while sipping the best mint tea and eye-opening nouss nouss (half espresso, half milk) in the medina. For cocktail hour, head to Le Bar Churchill at the La Mamounia hotel, which Winston Churchill called “the most lovely spot in the world.” His namesake bar boasts a massive and eclectic wine list and cocktails honoring the hotel’s most famous residents. For a nightcap, try the terrace at Bô-Zin, where, depending on the night, you’ll be treated to live music, a retro soundtrack of 1940s jazz or the au courant European DJ.
A jaunt through the Jemaa el-Fnaa (no Web site) souq offers a dizzying number of scrumptious foods, from olives of every color to steaming mountains of fresh-cooked escargot to the famous orange juice. By way of adorable donkeys saddled in colorful blankets, head to the nearby High Atlas Mountains south of Marrakech for a terrace lunch at the Kasbah du Toubkal Hotel. Receive a warm welcome with ceremonial milk and figs before sitting down to a traditional Moroccan tagine served with pillowy bread. For your big night out, score a reservation at the city’s top dining destination, La Marocain. The orders: Moroccan foie gras in a phyllo turnover and pigeon pie—delights best savored with an intoxicating tableside serenade of traditional folk song. The best sweets in the city are tucked inside Le Jardin, a chic riad decorated in a 1960s-era Moroccan motif. Order an avocado milkshake—it’s good—and pastries and lounge in the tree-canopied patio.
Sensory overload is inevitable after a day at the souq bargaining over foods, bejeweled pottery and opulent rugs. Languor as the locals do with a traditional hammam experience in the public baths at Les Bains de Marrakech.