Things to see



Leather

Ali Souvenir, 11 rue Khalid Ibn Walid (by the cannons off blv Pasteur)
Puerto Rico Shop, Place Ouad Ahardan 27, medina
Les Merinides, rue Sabou 21, medina
Volubilis, 15 petit Socco (opposite café Central)

Handlooms
Handloom complex, Fundook Shajarah, take stairs down from Hotel Minzah then
enter through the large wooden door on the right. The shop at the end has the
best selection.

Ceramics
Bleu de Fez, 65 rue les Almohades, medina

Tangier Morocco shopping

Bookstores
La Libraire Les Insolites, 28 rue Khalid Ibn Oualid
Librairie des Colonnes, 54 blv Pasteur
Page et Plume, 3 rue el Hariri (place des Nations)

Contemporary & Lifestyle
La Tribu des Ziri, 28 rue Khalid ibn Walid (1st floor)
Las Chicas, porte de la Kasbah
Les Merinides (see above)
Volubilis (see above)
Boutique Majid, 66 rue les Almohades

Gifts
Medini perfumerie, on blv Pasteur and next to Asima and in medina
Darna Darnia, rue Jules Cott (opposite the slipper/shoe market)
Naturally Gifted, 42 rue de Holland, complex Dawliz
Moroccan Natural Secrets, 57 rue Riad Sultan, Kasbah

Carpets
Bazar Tindouf, rue de la Liberte (opposite Hotel Minzah)
Les Merinides (see above)
Boutique Majid (see above)

Herbalists
Adaguen, 2 rue el Hariri and at the bottom of the rue de Kasbah, grand socco
Bazoona store, 136 rue d’Angleterre

Smart hammams offering beauty treatments:
Elysium Center, 4, rue al Jabha al Watanya (next to Hotel Rembrandt)
Serenity Day Spa, rue Adolfo Fessere, California

Notable markets:

Behind the mosque in the grand socco is the Sidi Boubaid market, full of
ceramics, spices, baskets, plants and all sorts of treasures.

Slipper/shoes market is located opposite St Andrews church, also good for
jellabahs and woven place mats.

On Thursdays and Sundays there is a farmers market outside At Andrews where
the mountain people sell their organic produce, fresh herbs, flowers, grains, oils
and live chickens!

For more shopping go to:

www.tangerpocket.com

-Article compiled by Rima Farah

Nesting just inside the medina wall lies an eighteenth century stone building, a gift to the American people by Sultan Moulay Suliman: Tangier American
Legation.

My first thought when we arrived was: why do I not know about this place from the history books? The Legation served as a diplomatic post for a record 140
years, the first diplomatic mission born out of the 1786 treaty of Friendship between the two nations.

Entering through a hidden arch into the charming courtyard we make our way upstairs to the elegant rooms full of beautiful old carpets, antique furnisher,
lamps and a vast art collection. My sister who lives here, being an artist walked me through the themed rooms, featuring etchings and engravings, drawings and
paintings. Its an impressive collection charting through the history and diversity of both Tangier and Morocco. Many artists left their imprint, the orientalist,
Roberts & Lewis, Delacroix and Matisse and the numerous resident artists who settled here, like the Scottish James McBey, Stuart Church, Claudio Bravo
and Pedicarius. Even more impressive is the work by Moroccan artists, Glaoui, Hamri, Idrissi, Fuentes to name a few, displayed intimately in a room alongside
others on the ground floor, more familiar names, Yves St Laurent, Cecil Beaton and Oskar Kokoshka.

Alongside one of the terraces is the beautifully constructed Moorish pavilion with its splendid painted ceilings and doors, wooden mushrabiehs and old mosaic
floor tiles. The pavilion is a good example of the best craftsmanship of the whole Magreb with a respect for tradition. Here we find two miniature battle scenes,
gifts along with numerous books from the late publisher Malcolm Forbes.

We make our way downstairs to yet another pebbled courtyard with the scent of jasmine wafting through to the Paul Bowles room. Writer and composer and long
term resident of Tangier we find some of his possessions simply displayed, along with photographs of his contemporaries, the many visitors to Tangier, writers,
composers, playwrights and artists….Tennessee Williams, Noel Coward, William Borroughs and Truman Capote. In this room we take time off to relax and listen
to Paul’s music.

This is a gem of a place and a great introduction to the old Tangier and if you have the time, they have a cycle of events, films, book launches, debates and
conferences and concerts. Mohammed, the curator and occasionally the director Jerry Loftus are happy to answer questions (and can show you the letter from
George Washington) and there are wonderful books for sale and lots more on the website: www.legation.org

Article submitted by A. Ghanam

Many moons ago when I came to Tangier, we stayed at one of those faceless hotels full of lager louts that sometimes come included in package holidays. In

those days we came on business so it did not matter. Fast forward 17 years and little did I know that once you move away from Boulevard Pasteur or Mohammed V, there is charm, history and beauty to discover. You just need to climb higher to get to it so add a great work out to the list.

Start at the Grand Socco…the hub…. with Cinema Rif presiding. Walk through the white gate with the Mendoubia gardens to your left (note the two amazingly large trees) and start climbing the Rue de Kasbah or Rue d’Italie as it is sometimes called until at the very top you come to the main entrance to Kasbah.

 

Kasbah: Enter and go through to the far side then right down the passage (with the wall on the left) leading down to place de Kasbah. Continue through the next white arch leading to place Amrah and straight through then up by the Barbara Hutton house, (historic Café Baba perched half way) making a loop and climbing back to place de Kasbah where the museum is. This time take the small road by the museum and walk back along the (other) wall to the entrance.

Recommendations: Nebab Moroccan restaurant a few streets away from placeAmrah.  El Morocco club in the entrance to Kasbah for both inexpensive light
meals outside, a piano bar serving tapas and a smart restaurant upstairs. Volubilis Art Gallery opposite.

Merchane: Instead of taking a right into Kasbah, at the top of the road, continue veering left and sticking to the right hand fork past the old Italian consulate and the blue door of Merchane Art Gallery. Once the road flattens out you have gardens on one side and the sea on the other. Take in the Phoenician tombs, the views and finally walk the length of Rue Shakespeare, which starts to the left of the Malcolm Forbes house (now a royal guest house). At the very end of Rue Shakespeare you have a wonderful vista of the Straits. It is magical and you can see Spain on a clear day from several places. The cemetery at the far end by the mosque is also beautiful. Then walk around the other side of the palace and stadium returning to the same place.

Recommendations: Las Chicas (lifestyle shop with tea room) at the intersection top of Rue Kasbah. The Phoenician tombs, Marchane Art Gallery and Café Hafa for Baisa (lentil soup).

Fish Market, Tanger MoroccoIntroducing Tangier¹s Fish Market: ­ the most pungent, noisy, slippery
location in the city… ­ a wonderful place. Sitting on the edge of the Petit
Socco, next to the Mosque, this is a market like no other and I love it.
Marble slabs overflowing with an array of freshly caught fish; sellers
hollering; guts and roe floating on the wet floor and framed photos of King
Mohammed VI on every wall. What more could you ask for. I also have to admit
part of the experience is actually getting there. The front entrance is one
side and my Mum¹s favourite fishmonger is the other, so naturally she
insists we take the back route via the butcher stalls. Makes sense, except
in this case the butcher stalls are actually narrow dimly lit corridors full
of hanging carcasses, oozing offal, a host of unidentified animal parts and,
most treacherous of all, rows of swinging tripe. It requires ducking and
diving and trying very hard not to get walloped by some poor animal¹s
stomach. But it is always worth it.

Guest Post, used by permission from Lara of lovesbylara.wordpress.com

 

Swordfish at the Market in Tanger Morocco