Riad Fes is a gem of a place. Tucked behind the walls of the medina, you wouldn't even know it existed if you didn't have directions. But once through the doors, the space suddenly opens up into a beautifully-decorated atrium and hotel spanning multiple floors, complete with spa, restaurant, roof terrace bar with a panoramic view over the city and my personal favourite, the outdoor pool! It's one of those magical places that you don't want to leave and after spending a few hours in the hustle and bustle of the medina, it's the perfect retreat to come back to when the heat is at its highest.
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Cafe Clock - great spot for lunch and try the smoothies! Set over 4-5 floors, it also has a great roof terrace and hosts music and poetry nights.
The Ruined Garden - an idyllic place for dinner, where you dine in the beautiful walled surroundings of a ruined garden! We ate the 7hr cooked lamb, which you need to request in advance, but it's worth it!
Restaurant Numero 7 - sadly I didn't make it here, but it will be top of my list for my next trip to Fes. It's a dining space and restaurant that hosts chefs from around the world on sabbatical, to create a continuously changing dining experience!
Dar Roumana - a small restaurant with four/five tables currently run by a French chef and his Australian wife. It also makes great alternative accommodation.
And thank you to Relais & Chateaux and Riad Fes for organising my stay!