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“You have to go” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Clock Storytelling

Cafe Clock Storytelling
224 Derb Chtouka, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
+212 5243-78367
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Ranked #259 of 520 Activities in Marrakech
Type: Scenic Drives, Performances
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Owner description: Traditional storytelling dates back thousands of years an is an important part of the Moroccan collective memory. However this rich tradition is fading asfewer raconteurs detail rich narratives for crowds in Jema el-Fna’a square. Cafe Clock reinvigorates this tradition by bringing retired storytellers to perform alongside freshly trained apprentices of the craft. Stories in English and Arabic.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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“You have to go”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

A really lovely cafe tucked away in the Kasbah. Great place to visit, food good, but not cheap.
The staff are absolutely lovely & make you so welcome, Mohamid was visiting from Fez to train the new staff, he is a really likeable guy. A good experience, we went many times.

Visited September 2014
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“Interesting, depends on when / what is going on”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

The food there was definitely above average of your usual toursity quality, although it is not cheap, and can have some improvement. Staff are wonderful and friendly. The story telling was interesting, although if you speak standard Arabic, or English, you would still understand nothing from the haj, and it can go longer than what one who doesn't understand what is going on would enjoy. The English apprentices are not strictly translating the story of the haj, but telling a story in English that is in the same line of the stories (traditional stories). Choices of stories can definitely be improved as well, as some do not translate well in English as it is a play in words in Arabic, and it is even worse through some of the apprentice's limited English. Some other apprentices are definitely picking the art better, but the best performance we have seen that night was through an English lady, but she had some experience in theater so it was all top standards. All in all brilliant place, definitely recommend, but be careful with timing, as we were told twice (called earlier on the day and when we reached there) that it was going to start at 6pm, and we kept waiting for 1.5hrs before it started as we arrived at 530pm, and there is just certain amount of orange juice and tea one can consume!!!

Visited May 2014
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mtoplo, Cultural Programming at Cafe Clock Storytelling, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Dear Sam,

Thank you for your feedback and for coming to Cafe Clock. We agree on the importance of our storytelling apprentices to continue to develop their skills and build upon what they are learning. Our program began only four months ago and we take your feedback seriously because we want to tell stories in a way that is interesting and which will encourage a revival of the storytelling among young Moroccans. Finally, we are working to ensure that the program begins promptly at 7pm. Your review is appreciated!

Best,
Cafe Clock
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“Not the most authentic experience...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

If you want to have an authentic Moroccan experience in Marrakesh, absorbing the local culture with great food at a reasonable price...do not go here! The idea is probably a good one, but it's trying to hard, and isn't representative of the city itself. You could quite easily be in any other city, paying above average prices for drinks.

The story telling is a great idea, but when the stories told in Arabic are clearly only understood by a few people in the room (the ones that laugh when jokes or funny parts of the stories are reached), being surrounded by tourists leaning forward, filming and smiling intensely as if they understand is off putting and slightly disingenuous at least.

Having spent 8 days in Marrakesh, eating everywhere from tourist places to where the locals grab a snack, this was definitely our least favourite venue. I think it's strange that people would travel to somewhere like Marrakesh, then seek out a trendy cafe, similar to one they could probably visit in any country, but if that's your cup of tea, you'll probably love this place!

Visited March 2014
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mtoplo, Cultural Programming at Cafe Clock Storytelling, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Thank you for your review of Cafe Clock. As we are new to Marrakech, it's very important to us to build upon our program by considering the feedback from our clients. As you likely realized during your time in Marrakech, there is a wide range of diversity within the city and our cultural program attempts to incorporate storytellers, musicians, artists, and others. As we move forward, we will certainly work hard to increase our reach to more Marrakshis as they are very important to creating a cross-cultural cafe.

Thank you.
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“Lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Difficult to add to the excellent reviews already received, suffice to say this awesome little place (which only opened a matter of weeks ago) has a very bright future! A refreshing change from the tedious carbon copy menus which get quickly tiresome at "traditional" Marrakech restaurants. Bright, clean and fresh - you won't be disappointed.

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“A true moroccan experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I walked into this café with no idea what to expect! All I knew was that I was going to experience a kind of storytelling that was historically native to the moroccan people. Well, let me tell you, it was impressive, funny and extremely interesting and enjoyable! What a unique way to learn about the history of a people and of one of their traditions!
If you are looking for an authentic, but understandable (as some of the [apprentice] storytellers do a translation in english) moroccan experience, then a visit to Café Clock is absolutely a must! Not to mention, all the people are wonderful! Take the time to talk to them before and/or after the story and you won´t be dissapointed!

Visited March 2014
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