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The Top Literary Landmarks To Visit In Morocco

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Updated: 13 November 2016
During Tangier‘s time as an international zone, writers from across the world, and especially of the Beat Generation, flocked to this port city in northern Morocco, and the likes of Tennessee Williams and William S. Burroughs, among others, are said to have frequented some of its hotspots. Further south in Marrakech, Eleanor Freud was writing about life as a child in Marrakech with her sister and free-spirited mother. Today, many of these venues remain open for business as usual. Here are our top three picks worth a visit if you want to follow in the footsteps of some of the most famous writers who lived or came through Morocco.

Café Hafa, Tangier

Set on a clifftop overlooking the Bay of Tangier, Café Hafa opened its doors in 1921 and little has changed since. Beat writers, including Paul Bowles and William S. Burroughs who were living in Tangier as part of the Beat Generation, are said to have frequented this little café that serves only mint tea. The simple tables and chairs are packed in to welcome as many people as possible, who still flock to this popular café.

Café Hafa, off Avenue El Haj Mohamed Tazi, Tangier, Morocco

#cafehafa #tangier #inlove #morocco

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Gran Café de Paris, Tangier

Opening in 1927, the Gran Café de Paris in Tangier, overlooking the Place de France, has seen its fair share of literati come through its doors. Still wildly popular with locals and those passing through, not much has changed since this classic café first opened its doors nearly 90 years ago!

Gran Café de Paris, Avenue Pasteur, Tangier, Morocco

#tanger #tangier #marruecos #morocco #maroc #tanja #grancafedeparis #coffee #paris

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Aamukahvi ☕️🧀🍞 #grancafedeparis #tangier #matin #vacances #librairiedecolonnes

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Foundouks of Marrakech

The foundouks located in the Kaat Benahid area of the Marrakech medina provided the home to Julia and her two daughters in the film Hideous Kinky, based on Eleanor Freud’s autobiographical novel. The foundouks, known as caravanserai, housed traders who were traveling through Marrakech; they would sleep upstairs, leaving their camels downstairs. Today, when the doors are propped open, visitors can peak inside these centuries-old hotels and get a glimpse of the past.

#funduk #caravanserai #foundouk #medina #souk #marrakech #morocco

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