Marrakech has an exhilarating and varied nightlife which offers many opportunities to enjoy all kinds of live music in different settings and ambiances. Moroccan traditional music is a key element to discover the richness of Maghribian culture and is present in most celebrations and religious festivities. There are several venues that offer the most extraordinary and exotic traditional Moroccan music, where the most skillful and gifted musicians and Oriental and belly dancers will delight you with their Moroccan and traditional rhythms and choreography.
In Le Comptoir Darna, located in Hivernage, East and West meet and merge in perfect harmony at candlelight. Musicians, oriental dancers and DJs will enrapture you while you delight in the aromatic and exquisite cuisine served in this relaxing and elegant setting.
At the very heart of the medina, Ksar El Hamra is an ancient riad with magnificent Moroccan salons and serves first rank cuisine. With regard to ambiance, your evenings will be animated by Gnawa musicians and an Andalusian orchestra, and will be brought to a close by an oriental dancer.
Le Marrakchi, right next to the Jemaa el Fna square, is a superb place decorated with the utmost refinement and an absolute must as far as excellent Moroccan cuisine goes. Your dinners will be animated by oriental dancers and you will certainly enjoy its authentic Moroccan architecture and the impressive view of the square.
You can also discover a true Lebanese Oriental club by visiting Layali Oscar on the avenue Moulay Hassan I in Gueliz, which offers a remarkable and original cabaret-style show, with an orchestra and male and female singers and dancers, together with a typical first-class Lebanese dinner.
Chez Ali, in the Palmeraie, offers quite possibly the most impressive dinner-show in Marrakech. Dozens of performers will perform folkloric music, dances, acrobatics, and horse prances, in a bewitching atmosphere under Berber tents and with stunning fireworks in the background.
The restaurant Borj Bladi, on the Rue Mauritanie in Gueliz, suggests 1001 flavours and aromas of local cuisine served in a lovely and authentic Moroccan setting, under Berber tents and surrounded by an enormous palm grove. The place will treat you to an atmosphere in the rhythm of traditional dances, chants and fantasias with tribes come from all corners of the Kingdom which invite you to share in the exceptional ambiance.
Le Tanjia is a true palace located between the Badii and the Bahia palaces in the medina. Many celebrities enjoy there the traditional Moroccan and the international cuisine as well as an atmosphere sensitive to the mixing of cultures. Your dinner will be livened up by a show by Oriental dancers, accompanied every night by a traditional music ensemble or, occasionally, by a DJ.
The best recipes of traditional Moroccan gastronomy can be savored at La Maison Arabe, one of the best guest houses in Marrakech, located in Bab Doukkala in the medina, to the sound of a lute and guitar duo playing Arab-Andalusian music.
At the heart of the medina and near the Jemaa El Fna square you will discover Chahramane, a splendid Moorish palace, with its mural sculptures, its hand-woven tapestry and its purely Moroccan decoration. Besides the exquisite traditional Moroccan cuisine, the place offers you a chance to enjoy a varied range of folklore, entertainment, and musical evenings performed by several folk troupes come from all corners of the country.