Marrakesh in three words: overwhelming, diverse, unique.
Chance of Hooking up: 2 / 5
Quality of Girls: 2.5 / 5
Nightlife: 2 / 5
Smoking tolerance: 3.5 / 5
Livability: 3 /5
Bachelor’s budget: $60 per day.
Beer: $5 for a bottled beer. (Up to $10 in nightclubs) 🙁
Bed: $25 for an en-suite with breakfast in a riad.
Bud: $2 per gram of hashish.
Food: $5 for a meal in the main square.
As far as the Moroccan tourist trail goes Marrakesh is the hardest city to enjoy by day, but the easiest to enjoy by night.
If you’re looking for nightlife and to get laid it’s the best place in Morocco, but for old world-charm, beauty, and a good travel experience, it was my least favorite destination in the country.
In the old medina you’ll find winding cobblestone streets, colorful souqs, and a lively main square with snake charmers, musicians, and food stands galore. It’s an exciting place to be, but it’s gets tiresome. The amount of skeevy hustlers, beggars, and tourists in the city are tenfold what it is in other cities; everything is more expensive; but biggest annoyance, however is the motorbikes, which make a enjoyable stroll through the medina streets impossible. If woman aren’t your priority, you’re much better off going to walled cities like Fez or Meknes.
For more info on other Moroccan destinations check out my article The Men’s Guide to Morocco.
Appearance: While most Moroccan girls are pretty average looking, Marrakesh is known for hosting the best looking girls in the country, and you’ll certainly see more head-turners here than elsewhere. I suspect the reason for this is the relative abundance of mixed race and well-bred upper class women. Being the most liberal city, you’ll also see a lot more hair and skin on show.
Most Moroccan women are of Arab-Berber descent, but going out in Marrakesh you tend to see a lot more lighter-skinned women, often from either Spanish, French, or Jewish descent. They have an exotic appeal, but too many are prone to reaching ‘Bozo-level’ when it comes to applying make-up.
Due to the amount of tourism you’ll also encounter a large amount of Europeans from Spain, France and the UK. There’s also a good few Russians and Poles.
Attitudes: Marrakesh is far more liberal than other Moroccan cities. It was the first place in the country where I saw groups of girls in short skirts and young couples kissing on park benches. While many still remain virgins until marriage, pre-martial sex is increasingly common.
The average Moroccan girl is shy, warm, and feminine. Even in clubs women are surprisingly approachable.
Sadly, smart phone addiction is increasingly common among those in the upper-classes.
Gaming Strategy: The best way to meet Moroccan women is to go online. For some success stories using this method I suggest reading this thread on the forum. For the meet-up be careful when choosing your venue. Choose a place near your pad, but avoid places with lots of Moroccan males as they tend to make the women uncomfortable.
If you want to filter out the virgins and the ones that don’t drink, the nightclubs in the new city are a great place to meet high quality women. Many of these clubs offer women free drinks and ratios are favorable. (In one club I went to the women outnumbered the men 3 to 1.) All that said…
WARNING: Many of the girls you meet at night will be hookers, so choose your venue carefully.
Most normal girls you meet at night have some basic English, but almost all are fluent in French. They are surprisingly open and friendly. Most men in clubs are wallflowers and are scared shitless to talk to women, so they welcome the attention. There’s not much of a one-night-culture, but many of eager to exchange social media/numbers for later meet-ups.
Try to befriend some female tourists beforehand and use them to get free entry as single males are charged ridiculous amounts at the door. Most Moroccan girls go out in large female groups, so it’s always good to have a wingman.
Accommodation: I recommend you stay in a small to medium-sized riad. These are large mansions that offer private rooms, breakfast, and often have a pool. They also give you a front door key so it’s easy to sneak guests in. This is the only city where I recommend staying in the new town over the old town, but if you insist on it, note that most of the nightlife action happens 20 minutes walk west of Jamma El Fna (the Main square).
Gym: Like other Moroccan cities the gym situation is a disaster. Most are located in high-end hotel and charge $50+ for a day pass. It’s not worth it. If any readers ever finds a cheap gym in the city please leave a comment.
Getting High: You don’t have to walk far to get offered ‘kif’ in Marrakesh, but that said it’s always better to try and fish for it on the quieter streets off the main square. Better yet, get somebody in your riad to arrange it. You are almost guaranteed to be overcharged, so make sure you haggle hard.
Nightlife in the city is extremely pretentious, expensive, and features tons of hookers, so lower your expectations.
There are a few good date spots in the old town (I like La Salama and Kosybar), but for mingling, most of the action happens just west of Avenue Guemassa.
Pulse Nightclub is a large underground nightclub on Avenue Guemassa that only opened in Oct 2015. Facebook here. It was a lucky find for midweek and I had great experience. It’s the only place I went where it was all Moroccans and the girls were non-pros (or at least it seemed that way). The main club is ridiculously expensive ($8 a beer bottle) but if you go early they have a pre-game bar where you can get great bucket deals. We got 10 beers for 200 Dirhams ($20). They tried to charge us $20 each at the door too, but when we refused they let us in for free. (Bear in mind, it was a quiet night and I was with a woman). When we hit the dance floor the girls outnumbered the guys three-to-one, but something tells me that was a fluke.
Other major night spots include Pacha and Teatro, which are a complete rip-off ($10+ for a bottled beer) and not worth your time. 555 near Pacha is a supposedly bit more palatable, but full of hookers. For more male perspective, I suggest you check out this review on RVF.
If anybody has any more nightlife suggestions for Marrakesh, please leave a comment. There is a seriously lack of info out there.
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For more info on Marrakesh or if you have any questions, check out the links below or leave a comment.
Morocco Discussion on the Forum.
Morocco Travel Guide by Lonely Planet