Henna Cafe Marrakech

Hip Director Mike Wood and his wife Lucie funded and helped organise the start up of Henna Cafe a not for profit project giving back to the welcoming Marrakech Community.

The Cafe is located near the Dar El Bashash taxi rank. It serves an inexpensive range of drinks and snacks with a menu including some Moroccan specialities which visitors to Marrakech do not normally get the chance to experience.  Try the ‘Khlear’  lamb sandwich, great value at just 50 dirhams. There are also (subject to availability) traditional cakes baked by local women in their homes, delicious with mint tea!

In addition, Henna Cafe offers two pattern books of traditional Henna tattoos using pure henna with no additives.   Simple designs at 50 or 100 Dirhams are available immediately.   Sophisticated designs at 400 Dirhams plus are by appointment at the Cafe allowing access to some of the top wedding henna artists in Marrakech.

The Henna Cafe Project is not for profit, we hope to be able to fund education and development projects as well as a soup kitchen. There are already free English, German and French language classes running at Henna Cafe with more than 200 people benefitting.

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