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Boutique hotels in Fes-Dar-Dbibegh (3)

When it comes to Morocco, Fes can often lose out to beautiful Marrakech and charming little sister, Essaouira. Yet Fez, the country’s second-largest city, has so much to offer, including two medinas and the world’s largest car-free zone, that alters the feel and sound of the city dramatically. Come, see what Fez has to offer beyond the famous hat. 

Where to go

Shop until you drop in the markets, being careful to haggle and take a guide. In the center of the medina, visit the world’s oldest university at the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque. Explore the city’s famous tannery and perhaps pick up a bag or purse. Hunt for antique treasures in the Jewish Quarter, or make the hike to the Merenid tombs. Return to your Riad for an evening splash, before sitting on the roof with a cool drink.

Food & Drink

Those who travel to Morocco eat well - the things they can do with lamb, rice, and a tagine! Know that if you travel to Fez, you will encounter some exceptional dining. For an authentic taste of the country’s staples, visit Dar Roumana (30 Derb el Amer). Elsewhere, Cafe Clock (7 Derb El Magana) features one of the city’s weirdest and wonderful dishes, the camel burger!


Fez bustles with nightlife as it attracts more tourists. We recommend the stylish Riad Fez (derb ben Slimane) in the Medina for cool cocktails and a pool - also a terrific to stay! Over at Mezzanine (17 Kasbat Chams) the drinks and the attendant tapas are both exceptional.

Where to stay

We’ve previously recommended Riad Fes as a great place for a drink, but it’s also a wonderful luxury hotel with pool, delightful restaurant and unbeatable location. Additionally, Riad Numero 9, tucked away in the labyrinth-like Medina is unbeatable for those who want to really immerse themselves in the culture and pace of life in Morocco.

How to get there 

Ryanair flies to Fes from London daily.


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With just 4 beautiful suites and a lovingly restored ruined garden, Riad Idrissy is a charming little Chic Retreat at the heart of the Fez Medina.  Owned by entrepreneur John Twomey proprietor of the famous Ten Bells Pub in Spitalfields and professionally run by Robert Johnstone (ex Maitre D' of The Ivy) this lush little riad is hard to beat.


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Riad Fes is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Fez Medina. This luxury riad is quite unlike any other, with quirky interiors designed with a mix of contemporary & traditional styles from around the world with a swimming pool and a great restaurant & bar.


fez, marrakech, morocco

Riad Numero 9 is a small boutique riad in the heart of Fez. Your charming host Stephen has thoughtfully restored this 18th-century house with antiques & brocante from around the world while ex-restaurateur, Bruno provides the delicious meals.


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