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Top Choice Synagogue in Fez

Ibn Danan Synagogue

This pretty 17th-century synagogue was restored with the aid of Unesco in 1999. The doors are rarely flung wide, so you may need to find the guardian to invite you inside and point out the main features, including a…
Top Choice Crafts in Fez

Chaouwara Tanneries

The Chaouwara tanneries are one of the city’s most iconic sights (and smells), offering a unique window into the pungent, natural process of producing world-class leather using methods that have changed little since…
Top Choice Palace in Fez

Royal Palace

The entrance to Fez's Palais Royale is a stunning example of modern restoration, but the 80 hectares of palace grounds are not open to the public. Visitors must suffice with viewing its imposing brass doors, surroun…
Top Choice Notable Building in Fez

Rue des Mérinides

The most architecturally impressive street in the mellah is Rue des Mérinides, lined with houses that are distinguished by their wooden and wrought-iron balconies, as well as by their stucco work. Jewish ladies woul…
Top Choice Gardens in Fez

Jnan Sbil (Bou Jeloud Gardens)

These lush gardens are a breath of fresh air after the intensity of Fez's medina. Although over a century old, extensive renovation and replanting have reinvigorated the gardens' splendour, and locals come in droves…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Fez

Art Naji

Ceramics are everywhere in Fez – from the distinctive blue pottery to the intricate mosaics decorating fountains and riads. Art Naji is the place to go to see the real deal being made. The centre is a professional o…
Top Choice Islamic Site in Fez

Medersa Bou Inania

A short walk down Talaa Kebira from Bab Bou Jeloud, the Medersa Bou Inania is the finest of Fez’ theological colleges. It was built by the Merenid sultan Bou Inan between 1351 and 1357, and has been impressively res…
Top Choice Museum in Fez

Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts & Crafts

This museum is in a wonderfully restored funduq – a caravanserai for travelling merchants who stored and sold their goods below and took lodgings on the floors above. Centred on a courtyard, the rooms are given over…
Top Choice Bar in Fez

Riad Fès

You're spoilt for choice at Riad Fès, without doubt the classiest place for a drink in the whole city. Its courtyard Alcazar bar is a delight, with stucco columns that catch the light reflected off the central ornam…
Top Choice Cafe in Fez

Abdullah's

There's something a bit special about Abdullah's nook-in-the-wall tea shop, and it's not just the owner's beaming smile and zellij-decorated counter piled high with fresh herbs to pop in your brew. Abdullah swears b…