A perfect stop over for a day or two is the vivid city of Fes. This patchwork metropolis is the second biggest city of Morocco and very much alive. Fes is on the rise.
“A little imagination goes a long way in Fes.”
When you want to visit the tanneries make sure you know where you are going, many fassi (another word for Fes locals) will try to help you along the way and if earned they will ask you for a dirham or twenty. Shopping is a must do in the medina, but step up your game and make sure to add some on your bargaining skills, the fassi are not easy when it comes to this. Roaming around in Fes with all the salesman is not always typical relaxed. Most of the souks and cafes in the Fez medina are closed on Friday; use this day for relaxation and a visit to a local spa.
Where to sleep in Fes
Hotel Relais & Chateaux, Riad Fes ~ A diamant to be discovered
This majestic palace is an authentic example of Hispanic-Moorish architecture, boasting four harmoniously styled patios, sculpted doors and zelliges on the walls, stucco arcades and marble basins. The royal decoration, rooms matching your desires, their extended breakfast buffet and a pastel sun set over the Fès Medina, this hotel is everything you’re looking for in a riad. Relax on their spacious rooftop with panoramic view, order a cocktail and enjoy the view over the Atlas Mountains. Equipped with a swimming pool, spa and restaurant Riad Fes understood luxury in every way. The riad is located in the old heart of the medina and the blue gate is reachable by foot. Shops, cafe’s and other restaurants are all in walking distance. Riad Fes is our favorite hotel in Fes.
Musicians, thinkers, performers, lovers, restorers, teachers, travellers–national and international–are mingling in this cute cafe in the heart of Fes ancient medina. They love seasonal, they love local and are a big fan of traditional. Breakfast is served daily from 9 am and if you feel like it you can hang around all day. Dinner orders are taken till 10 pm. Vegan and vegetarian is encouraged here. The library, the terrace, the bar, the red room, the courtyard, the balcony – Café Clock oozes spaces to retreat and relax. Cinema nights, storytellers invited and live music; this cafe has it all.
Through a good menu, cafe clock makes everyone a fan. Visit this cafe and enrich yourself!
Nur – The art of ”fine dine” cooking
Nur has a goal; shining their light on Moroccan gastronomy. Chef Najat Kaanache, shares her outstanding knowledge of food in this intimate old restaurant in the middle of the center. While working at a seafood restaurant in Rotterdam Najat discovered her passion. At Nur, the main focus is on seafood as well. This fine dining pearl with flavors of the Atlas Middle Mountains is a well deserved reward after a day of wandering through the city. Nur offers a tasting menu that is put together with locally produced fresh ingredients and changes daily. Nice to know: Nur does not feature dairy, processed sugars or bleached flours. Make sure you make a reservation in this popular little restaurant with a personal ambiance, Traditional Moroccan cuisine is twisted in a multiple course indulgence menu. Ms.Kaanache will steal your heart.
Written by Hannah Sophia