Hidden in cul de sac in a narrow side alley of the Marrakesh main souk, one can find the renovated 16th century Riad Cheriffa. Today a literary café with changing art exposition, it serves a small variety of culinary dishes either in the inner courtyard or on the roof terrace.
To find this hidden gem, one has to leave the beaten path behind and venture in a rather shabby side street. Once you are sure to be lost, you have to turn in to a small dead end alley filled with derelict building tools and debris. Now you are 100% sure that you have missed it and just when you want to turn back, you spot a small sign on a wooden door to ring for assistance. You can hear some noise behind the door but still have to wait for a considerable time before somebody opens the door for you. But once inside you are rewarded with a beautifully restored Riad and a calm and tranquil retreat from the busy souks.
In the WS you find two shots of the small alley you have to venture in, in order to find this marvel.
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Noel_Byrne (26996) 2014-05-01 12:06
You share a secret hidden place here, and that always makes an image more special, off the beaten path and beyond the narrow lanes, secret places where the best of everything can be found, but only by those in the know. Your image certainly has a wonderful sense of calm, and the workshop of the narrow lanes gives an excellent sense of place, and a brilliant accompaniment to your note. Nicely done!
mesutilgim (88472) 2014-05-01 13:47
Nice capture of this nice and serene cafe in Marrakech. Perfect pov and layout. Interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
tyro (21748) 2014-05-01 17:18
What a jewel you have found!! Surely you must have been given some advice about this place? I can't imagine that you simply came across this wonderful little place by complete chance and good fortune?
Oh, yes, what a hidden jewel - and you have captured it perefctly in your little trio of photographs. Your main picture, of course, shows us very well the interior of this delightful place but the other two workshop pictures (if we look at and examine them first) let us appreciate the anticipation of finding it!
But your main picture is the one which excels: the light in this room is wonderful and, together with the soft colours, gives it a wonderful ambience which is both peaceful and relaxing. I can imagine that this must be a fine place in which to linger, appreciate your surroundings and relax with some fine food and a little drink.
Gorgeous light and colours, good composition, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
emka (85127) 2014-05-01 23:30
Hello Daniel, You found really a hidden gem in Marrakesh. I like here splendid lazy atmosphere, it looks like the scene from the movies. The people just enjoy to be there, not hurrying up to see as many things as possible (it is my case, you know :)). Fantastic architecture. excellent presentation.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Nicou (128818) 2014-05-02 1:08
quelle tables et chaises sueprbe et de beaux et confortable fauteuil quelle aimge avec ces arches sueprbe quelle vue et iamge quelle compo sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
kasianowak (7501) 2014-05-02 2:43
I really like this interior bathed in soft light and full of matching pastel colours. Portrait format highlights the loftiness of the room.
Silvio1953 (129256) 2014-05-02 5:41
Ciao Daniel, great view of fascinating interior, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
abmdsudi (46176) 2014-05-02 7:33
A bright neat shot certainly does look cosy in a very interesting set up. Love the way you've done with the compo when there's a link between them making you want to look at every detail of the backdrop and imagining those vacant chairs-table and human interest, I can make out an all day breakfast on the menu and order a brew. Good tonal/colour balance and contrast between warm tones. Fabulous work- you turn a cafe scene into something really special. Congrats
batalay (36709) 2014-05-02 9:29
A very nice TE-package comprised of a good photo and complementary note. The composition, colors and resolution are all very good.
Have a good weekend,
eldancer1 (31359) 2014-05-05 13:58
It was hidden until you posted this photo, now everybody know where it is. Looks like a peaceful and beautiful place spend an afternoon. Nicely captured with good details. Well done, tfs.
PaulVDV (24191) 2014-05-11 12:03
The riads are a world apart. Also Fes has wonderful riads.
Beautiful presentation in the vertical format.
Good view of the fantastic architectural decorations.
Also the pictures in the workshop show a wonderful Marrakech.
Best regards, Paul
SnapRJW (31625) 2014-06-01 3:57
What a wonderful secret place Daniel. It has such an elegant and peaceful look. I love the décor in beige and blond with the mosaics and coloured glass adding just enough colour. Beautifully photographed with clear detail and excellent light management.
- Copyright: Daniel Solinger (marabu61) (9385)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-07
- Categories: Food
- Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron 18-270mm
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-01 10:41