“I’d read about L’Atelier in a local magazine at the villa we were staying in, just outside of Essaouira. L’Atelier was supposed to be a home decor store selling things like cushions, rugs, blankets but also funky kitchen utensils, dishes and decorative items. When we got there though, it turned out to be so much more.

Hidden away in one of Essaouira’s many small alleyways, L’Atelier’s open door welcomes you in. First, order your coffee at the counter. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, make sure to get one of their gigantic chocolate chip cookies as well. Next, take a seat at one of the wooden tables and enjoy the relaxed vibe. Hear lounge music softly playing while tourists are looking around, wondering whether they’ll be able to fit anything extra into their suitcase. Next to you might be a digital nomad working on their laptop. The WiFi is free and good in here. Just ask one of the friendly employees for the password.

Right next to the L’Atelier coffee bar and store, by the way, there’s a cooking atelier. You can walk from the store into the workshop to see where people learn how to cook Moroccan cuisine. No white and cold looking kitchen here, but warm colors that fit nicely with the coffee bar and the earthlike tones of the city.

Rue Mohamed Ben Masoud”


Sofie Couwenbergh, Founder of WonderfulWanderings.com

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