MARRAKECH - Le 18 - Le Jardin - Riad Yima

Lieux culturels de la Medina -

Le 18 - Casablanca born photographer Laila Hida's progressive initiative Le 18 was established in 2013 and has sprouted wings to become the HQ of cultural workshops and multifaceted artist residencies in the city. It often supports Maghrebi themes, while the ongoing KawKaw project is a series of talks that foster dialogue between local and international creatives. The typical and international dar in which it is housed has been given a smart makeover, featuring whitewashed walls, arches and columns, and geometric tiling. There is also a small boutique here, run in partnership with Tangier's Librairie des Colonnes, selling lovely art books. Film screenings, co-hosted by the Rabat-based gallery Le Cube, round out the dynamic programme ; do check for evening events. 


Le Jardin - Marrakechi entrepreneur Kamal Laftimi launched this eaterie, housed in a 16th century riad, in 2011. He conceived the design with Anne Favier, who wanted to create an urban oasis, incorporating the trees already growing in the courtyard. The venue consists of a library/living room, an alfresco dining area, an upstairs space selling contemporary kaftans by Algerian designer Norya Aaron, and a rooftop terrace. This a popular media hangout. Stop off for a lunch while shopping in the souks, or a cool beer. Unusually for this area.. 

Riad Yima - The gallery and tearoom of artist Hassan Haijaj, known in international circles as Morocco's Andy Warhol after his work was exhibited at the V&A in London and the Taymour Grahne Gallery in New-York, are a joyous clash of color, texture and pure pop. Cement tiles in lurid 1970s patterns line floor, and neon-hued Senegalese plastic woman mats form a backdrop on one wall, framing his iconic 'Kech Angels' series of photography depicting badass veiled women on scooters who work as henna tattoo artists in Jemaa El Fan. Drop by to peruse his flour-bag babouche slippers and Maroccan flag pouffes, and stay for sweet min tea and almond pastries amid lanterns crafted from sardine cans and waxed tarps emblazoned with patterns.