Fès, Morocco

Travel Notes


Fès, Morocco was founded in 789 AD as the the first city of Idris, and was the nation’s modern day capital until 1925. The ancient walled city center and Medina of Fès El Bali is considered one of the world’s largest car free zones where nine thousand-plus alleyways are navigated solely on foot, by donkey or with the aid of a handcart. The inward facing charm of the city reveals itself only when one steps inside the beautiful courtyards of the dars and riads, typically built in stark white plaster accented by brightly colored tiles, ornate woodwork and often filled with antique treasures from the skilled artisans who have dwelled in this deeply cultured enclave for nearly thirteen hundred years. Fès with all its hidden charms still reigns as the creative capital of the North African country with an abundance of craftsmen and trade districts within the old walls and new boundaries of the city.

Currency
Dirham

Time Zone
Western European
Language
Arabic, French, Berber Dialects

Local Cuisine
Moroccan
Best time to visit
Year-round

Dress Code
Chic Caftans, Leather Babouches
WHERE TO STAY
Riad Salam Guesthouse Hotel in Fes, Morocco | Stories + Objects Global Travel Notes

Riad Salam Fès

18 Derb Bennis
Douh Ziat Batha
30110 Fès, Morocco
+212 535 638 988

Riad Dar Bensouda

14 Zkak El Bghal
Elquettanine
30202 Fès, Morocco
+212 524 426 463

Riad Idrissy

13 Derb Idrissy
Sidi Ahmed Chaoui, Siaj
30110 Fès, Morocco
+212 649 191 410

Riad Fès

5 Derb Ben Slimane
Zerbtana
30110 Fès, Morocco
+212 5 35 94 76 10

WHERE TO DINE

The Ruined Garden

13 Derb Idrissy
Sidi Ahmed Chaoui, Siaj
30110 Fès, Morocco
+212 649 191 410

Nur

7 Zkak Rouah
Medina
30200 Fès, Morocco
+212 694 277 849

Los Pescadores

40 Avenue Saint Louis
Route Ain Chkef
30000 Fès, Morocco
+212 535 642 355

Cafe Clock

7 Derb El Magana
Talaa Kbira
30000 Fès, Morocco
+212 535 637 855

Nur Restaurant In Fès, Morocco | Stories + Objects Global Travel Images
WHERE TO SHOP
Leather Tannery Chouara in Fès, Morocco | Stories + Objects Global Travel Magazine

Tannerie Chouara

6 Hay Lablida Chouara
Quartier des Tanneurs
30030 Fès, Morocco

L’art Mauresque Chakib

50 Rue Jamaa Laranja Lablida
30200 Fès, Morocco
+212 05 35 63 57 34

Les Potteries Fès

32 Aïn Nokbi
Fès-Boulemane
30000 Fès, Morocco

WHERE TO VISIT

Dar El-Makhzen

Place des Alaouites
30000 Fès, Morocco

FÈS-EL-BALI MEDINA

30000 Fès, Morocco

JARDIN JNAN SBIL

Avenue Moulay Yousef
30000 Fès, Morocco

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REQUIRED READING
Morocco Modern Book by Herbert Ypma | Stories + Objects Global Travel Tips

BY HERBERT YPMA

PURCHASE
The Objects

Exclusive Edition 004 Moroccan Leather Tote


This lambskin leather tote was made by artisans working with traditional methods in the tanneries of Fès, Morocco where the craft of leatherwork has thrived for nearly twelve hundred years. The leather used in the tote follows ancient traditions passing first from the farmer to souk, then souk to tannery, and lastly from the tannery to artisan for quality construction of the goods.

Details

Handmade in the Moroccan city of Fès by leather artisans following exacting methods passed down from generations. The tote bears the name of the tannery in a beautiful Arabic script to honor the legacy of craftsmanship that made its design possible. It is designed to be a versatile, sturdy day bag that is supple and light enough to be stored within another bag when one desires an extra option.

The Story

AN ANCIENT TANNERY


Mohammed Abdullatif is a master tanner from the venerable city of Fès, Morocco. Abdullatif is an elder in the tanning trade that has flourished in the city since the ninth century when the sultanate was founded. The old Medina quarter, where he has lived his whole life, is also the center of the leather trade consisting of three ancient tanneries, recently restored at full capacity, with the support of UNESCO. The traditional techniques employed by the craftsmen are a physically rigorous affair and especially odious to some, although the resulting leather quality is undoubtedly a testament to their artisan skills and passion, passed down from their forebears.