On the ferry ride over to Tangier from Tarifa for a 24-hour spur of the moment trip, I found a trusted guide on the NYT that I won’t even pretend to take credit for. Below are the worthy spots we managed to explore in 1 night and several daylight hours:
1. Dar Nour – Booked this eclectically cool 10-room hotel/guesthouse on the 1-hour ferry ride over, got hustled at the ferry station (a given welcome for tourists arriving in Morocco) and made it there by 4pm for some drinks on the chill rooftop terrace, with beautiful views of Tangier and the seaside. The house feels lived in and authentic, filled with vintage furniture mixed with Moroccan pottery, rugs and art – it’s like you are staying with a cool artist friend who decorated their place with treasures and books from their many travels. The complimentary breakfast is also delicious, fresh and served in a cosy living room to make you feel right at home. Not to mention the location is perfection and the reasonable room rates make the experience that much better!
2. Nord-Pinus Tanger Hotel and Restaurant – This chicly decorated hotel just down the road from Dar Nour is for those who want more of a boutique hotel experience. Their lamb tagine is beyond worthy, along with sitting in their dimly lit, cosy restaurant admiring everything from the unique lamps to the mixture of patterns on the table. During the day enjoy drinks in their casual and cool upstairs sitting rooms, or on the terrace overlooking the sea when the wind is not blowing full force.
3. Laure Welfling – Obsessed. This designer makes unique one-of-a-kind clothing and jewellery that are so reasonably priced for the quality you want to walk out with half the shop. Her husband is a ceramic artist that sells his equally cool ceramics and portraits there. Mixed between the couples’ creations is a handpicked collection of homewares and accessories to fill your souvenir quota and more. For women (they have some eclectic men’s designs too) this is a must shop-see-do!
4. Las Chicas – a fun concept store carrying a wide range of local designers’ clothing and accessories, along with vintage buttons, art and homewares all at great prices. They also have a small café for coffee or lunch upstairs if you need to take a break from roaming the Kasbah.
5. Café à l’Anglaise – This laid-back, adorable café is run by the sweetest woman who whips up fresh salads and dishes for her customers who can sit on the street, in her several cosy, colourfully decorated rooms or on the upper terrace for some morning sun. Ideal for a quick’ish quality lunch or coffee on your way to some shopping in the medina…