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There is a good coffee shop in front of the Medina, in the main square called "Cafe Roma". The Hyatt hotel is also in hte main square and has the Casablanca Bar in the ground floor.
We had a great dinner, with a live jazz band playing just for 5 or 6 people.
New & old Medina
In the South eastern part of the city, at the back of the royal palace and of boulevard Victor Hugo, is the new Medina, which has maintained the name of area of the Habou. The French urbanists planned its construction starting from 1923 in order to integrate the new populations of rural origins who had been concentrated in the southern suburb of the city. With its little squares and little lanes with arcades, Medina represents a successful example of modern adaptation of the traditional characteristics of one medina.
A very little part of the old Mussulman city still exists: in fact it was destroyed by the earthquake in 1755, and in 1770 the sultan Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah undertook its reconstruction. A long time ago, the Medina was surrounded with bastions which extended until the old souk el-Kebir. It is possible to find some traces around the place Mohammed V. In XIX century, in the Medina, they built houses (at present they have disappeared) in Arab-Mussulman style and in western stylevecchio souk el-Kebir.
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The Medina (the Old City).
The Medina (the Old City) is a must to visit. Fascinating shops, living history.
This is the real Casablanca. The shopkeepers and stallholders are trying to make money out of the tourists who visit of course, but it's also the local people going about their normal daily lives, buying their everyday food and other items.
I'm meaning the old medina, not the new one. It was just closing as I arrived and not yet open the next morning as I was leaving.
So, I just had a quick look round. Make sure you have a good map if you're going in all the way.
It seemed friendly & comfortable when I was there.
You do need to venture in just a little bit just to get some idea of Moroccan life. Be prepared for dirt, squalor and poverty, but we need reminded of the way some have to live so that us northerners/westerners stay comfortable.
On my first visit (1973) I stayed with Moroccan friends in the medina, and that was fun!
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