Madison Cox's Tangier
Madison Cox's Tangier

Tangier…made an international zone in 1923, for thirty years the party never ended in a city of controversy, spies, bohemians, intrigue, and glamour made famous by the likes of Barbara Hutton, Yves St. Laurent, the Rolling Stones, and William Burroughs. After losing some its luster over the last decade, Tangier is back as the go-to-destination of designers and eccentrics seeking an authentic experience. Despite all of the changes to this exotic port city, it still manages to retain its authentic flavor without becoming too polished. Renowned Landscape Architect and long-time resident Madison Cox gives us his take on this mysterious and intriguing crossroad on the northern tip of Morocco.

To get the essence of Tangier, Go to Place du Kasbah which takes you back centuries. But my favorite secret gem is Fondouk Chejra where you will find the textile weavers and scores of beautifully handcrafted blankets and scarves - Madison Cox

Hotel La Maison Blanche

Located at the highest point of the citadel is a lovely riad, Le Maison Blanche. Located at the entrance to the Kasbah, Le Maison Blanc offers beautifully appointed bedrooms with luxurious bathrooms, each individually decorated by the late French interior designer, Regis Milcent. Fresh mint tea is served in the reception area by Owner Aziz Begdouri, whose turned the family riad into a hotel three years ago. Don’t miss breakfast on the roof terrace with stunning views of the city as well as the Strait of Gibraltar.

Ajiba 2, Kasbah، Rue Ahmed Ben Ajiba
Tangier, Morocco
+212 5393-70336

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Laure Welfling

Situated in the Kasbah, Welfling’s store is chocked full of her handcrafted kaftans and accessories along with sculptures and ceramics by her husband. Come here for a modern twist on the traditional curated from Welfling’s years of experience in interior design in Paris. Check out the vintage postcards and notepads with portraits of the local crowd.

Place de la Kasbah
+212 539 94 97 89

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L’Ocean Restaurant & Beach Club

Tangier insiders flock to this restaurant on the beach next to the King’s beachside residence. Don’t be distracted by the chickens roaming the outside terrace….it’s all part of the atmosphere at this quiet oasis. Serving some of the best fresh fish in Tangier, enjoy a long lunch with the local chic crowd before heading down to the beach.

Plage Sid Kacem,
+212 539 33 81 37

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Favorite gifts to take back home…
"Black soap found in the souk."

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Boutique Majid

Wander through the winding alleys of the Kasbah and you will come across Boutique Majid, a treasure trove of Moroccan and Northern African antiques, textiles, carpets, and Berber jewelry. Owner Abdelmajid Rais El Fenni has been in business for over 40 years and is always around to chat and to give advice over mint tea. He may even take you up to the roof to show you a stunning view deep from within the Medina. Leonardo DiCaprio and Mick Jagger are among those who have visited.

66 Rue les Almouhades
+212 539 93 88 92


For an experience you will never forget, walk along La Corniche and stroll in Perdicaris Park"

Cafe Hafa

Perched on a hillside steps away from the former home of Malcolm Forbes, sits a discrete but bustling cafe which has been serving sweet mint tea for decades. Make sure that you arrive before sunset where the cafe becomes full of the local crowd who meet here to watch the sunset over the sea. Terraced on the hillside, each table has a view. It's truly a surreal moment that will be long remembered.

Avenue Hadi Mohammed Taxi
(Go down the winding street where you will see a discrete entrance at the end of the lane)

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El Morocco Club

If you are looking for some nightlife in the Kasbah, make your way to El Morocco Club, located near the entrance to the Kasbah. Here you will find a basement club full of chic locals and expatriates sitting by the piano bar. Designed by Frenchmen Vincent Coppe and Oscar Badji, the club is quite reminiscent of a Humphrey Bogart film where you will find yourself swept back into a period untouched by time.

Place of Tabor, Kasbah
+212 539 94 81 39


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