Marrakech: Henna Café
Does anyone else use Instagram like a search engine? I may be the only one here… Before I went to Marrakech, I went on the explore section and typed in #marrakech (really original, I know) to get an idea of places to visit. A lot of people had been to the Henna Café so I thought we'd give it a go too.
After getting our drinks (some Moroccan tea and an interesting version of a virgin mojito), we looked through three big books of henna designs. Initially, I wanted something on my hand so that the henna would run onto my fingers but after glancing around the café for inspiration, I decided to get one on my arm. It quickly turned into one on each arm though because I couldn't really decide on what design I wanted. Once we decided on what to get, a super nice lady sat down next to us and started with the henna. I'd previously done henna by myself before (attempted might be the better word here) which got really really messy so I was really impressed with how talented she was as she didn't even have to lean on my arm to draw. Steady hands! She finished these really complicated looking designs in less than ten minutes. Modupe also got one but just on her left arm which was probably a smart move because I had to be so careful as to not smudge them. After what felt like a life time since I could't really do anything (it was only an hour), the same lady came by with lemon juice and sugar syrup to dab on our arms. She said it was to keep the henna moist, so that it would keep staining our skin.
On our way out, we looked around the downstairs area which had some really beautiful art work hanging on the walls. Most of them were pictures but some of them had bright paint over them to give it a more vibrant feel.
Address: Arset Aouzal Road, Marrakech 40000, Morocco