Welcome to our latest installment in our ongoing City Guide series, where your favorite artists give you the inside scoop on their hometowns, making you feel that much more of a local. This week, we travel to a land of wonder and treasure, Marrakesh, with one of Morocco's finest and only tastemakers, Amine K.
We all like a good drink, so where are the top spots to head to before a night out?
Well, I definitely like a good drink 😂 I’d say Riad El Fenn, their new bar and cocktails are amazing and the view is magnificent. If you want something a bit more intimate with an NYC speakeasy vibe to it, then go to their Shaman (that’s how I call their bartender) is a wizard at making cocktails with natural flavors and amazing alcohols.
Where can you find the best clubs / late night venues in town?
Marrakech has had its golden age of clubbing but there’s not much left apart from EDM and big fancy supper clubs sadly. The Hivernage area has the biggest concentration of clubs, Raspoutine is still the only place where you can listen to good music and stay late at night. However, places like L’envers or Le Comptoir has amazing DJs who play underground electronic music, they close at 2 but at least you get the right music :)
Brunches are a weekend staple, which spots stand out for you?
The Source Marrakech has a very nice and cozy brunch, plus the place and the vibe are so relaxing.
Best dirty late-night street food option?
Benjgueni, great grilled meat for after late night clubbing, most important part of this place is the melting pot of people, from the rich kids to the « workers » to everybody who had stayed late and is a bit (or a lot) tipsy. It can be a circus sometimes, and that’s where the fun is.
Where can we shop for records and music memorabilia in Marrakech.
Amine Bendriouch has some cool vinyl selling in his shop in Marrakech, among all his beautiful designer's collections. You can also go around the Medina and find some old gems, however, as far as I know, there’s no proper music store.
Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?
Lake Lala Takrkouste or Chez Larbi at the Ourika Valley, you completely disconnect from everything while having amazing lunch and drinks with family and friends.
Something everyone should do when visiting Marrakech, but probably hasn’t?
Agafay Desert, 30mn from Marrakech, looks like Mars with the beautiful snowy atlas mountain right in front of you. It's definitely something you want to check out :)
A track that reminds you of your childhood in the city?
I didn’t grow up here so hard to tell :)
What are other great exports that come from Marrakech
A gift you can’t leave Marrakech without taking home for friends?