Situated in the very heart of the souks, this building is a hidden secret, only found by the discerning and curious visitor, where history is recorded in the delicate tracery of the stucco and skilfully carved wood. In the year 2000 , Marrakech Riads, a leading player in the restoration of the riads of Marrakech, brought Dar Cherifa back to life, and simultaneously unveiled a hidden treasure of the medina, the refined decor of this building recalling that of the Medersa Ben Youssef, jewel of the Saadian era (16th century) and one of the finest monuments of Marrakech. Renovated with the greatest care and attention to detail, with the participation of renowned craftsmen so as to maintain its authenticity and splendour, Dar Cherifa welcomes all visitors eager to meet new and interesting people. It is a real cultural venue, hosting regular exhibitions, workshops, concerts and events. This inimitable space draws one into a meditative state of mind and heart. Everyone fortunate enough to visit this building says that they breathe an atmosphere of peace and serenity the minute they cross the threshold. The mention of Moroccan culture immediately implies Moroccan cuisine, and what more beguiling setting than this pure and refined interior for sampling a cuisine abounding in cultural exchange; a subtle blend of sweet and sour, the inheritance of Berber, Jewish and Arab-Andalucian influences. Enjoy!
Since its renaissance in 2000 under the direction of Marrakech Riads, Dar Cherifa has established itself as a key venue for art, culture, seminars, communication and international exchange.Since its renaissance in 2000 under the direction of Marrakech Riads, Dar Cherifa has established itself as a key venue for art, culture, seminars, communication and international exchange.
Between exhibitions or concerts, the simple but refined décor of Dar Cherifa, reminiscent of the Medersa Ben Youssef of which it is a contemporary, provides the perfect setting for a delicious snack or meal. The peaceful and serene atmosphere of this luminous and charming building creates the illusion of being far from the hustle and bustle of the souks, when in fact they are very nearby.
Every visitor to this oasis of calm is heard to comment upon it's unique atmosphere of peace and serenity!
Breakfast, brunch, a light lunch or something more substantial, or even an early dinner – the choice is yours!
It is open from 10am to 7pm daily.
Starters & Soups 3.6 €
- Vegetable wraps
- Steamed vegetables with Argan oil
- Vegetable soup of the day
- Salad of citrus fruit
- Vegetable flan
Vegetarian dishes 8 €
- Assortment of Moroccan salads
- Salad Cherifa (seasonal vegetables, eggs and fromage frais)
- Couscous with sautéed vegetables
- Omelette served with grilled vegetables, anchovies and capers
Meat Dishes 11 €
- Chicken with ginger and orange
- Meat roulades with diced tomatoes
- Minced meat tagine with eggs
- Chicken polpettone (loaf) with mashed potatoes
Desserts 3.2 €
- Fruit wraps
- Homemade cake of the day
- Mint pannacotta
- Plate of Moroccan pastries
- Dar Cherifa yoghurt
- Plate of cooked fruit
Adress: Derb Chorfa Lkabir - Mouassine - Marrakech
Telephone: + 212 (0) 5 24 42 64 63 | + 212 (0) 5 24 42 39 16 09
Fax: + 212 (0) 5 24 42 65 11
Tearoom open daily from 10h to 19h
Restaurant open daily from 12h to 19h
When Abdellatif Aît Ben Abdallah discovered Dar Cherifa he did not hestitate for a single second.
This magnificent building of the Saadian period , with its pure lines, soaring columns and majestic proportions truly elevates the spirit and is now a dedicated cultural centre.
Mission accomplished !
Since its opening, Dar Cherifa has welcomed visitors and artists alike from all over the world, who come together in this convivial space to share a glass of mint tea, an exhibition, a concert or seminar and of course some very stimulating conversation!
As with all stories, there are some high points. Those who had the good fortune to take part in the poetry festival, doubtless remember having cried with laughter at the Belgian poet “Jean-Pierre Verheggen’s” malicious verse about the stucco friezes and carved wood of this venerable building.
Perhaps others remember a famous evening devoted to the pop artist “Hassan Hajjaj?” On this occasion the courtyard was converted into a dance floor! And who among us wasn’t moved by the beauty of the Sufi chants soaring high above the columns to who knows what celestial heights!
This is the unquestionable magic of Dar Cherifa, a centre open to all.
Please check the Dar Cherifa diary - every meeting is a memorable event!
Avis à tous les jeunes photographes marocains
Le café littéraire et galerie Dar Cherifa à Marrakech organise une exposition collective de photographie contemporaine à partir de janvier 2014 d’une durée d’un mois.
Merci de nous adresser vos dossiers de candidature à l’adresse suivante :
firstname.lastname@example.org avant le 15 decembre 2013
Le dossier de candidature doit comprendre :
Un texte de présentation de votre travail photographique
Un portfolio PDF de 5 photos minimum de votre choix
Le jury est composé de M. Abdellatif Ait Ben Abdellah directeur général, du photographe Nour Eddine Tilsaghani et Meriem Benmhamed directrice artistique du café littéraire et galerie Dar Cherifa.