Made in M in Fez: Arguably the coolest modern cafe in the medina, Fez, Morocco
We stumbled on Made in M whilst taking a stroll in the medina in Fez. It’s one of those places that will make you stop in your tracks when you catch a glimpse of it. The external space or front decor, made up of a couple of bright amber coloured tables and upholstered benches, will seduce you to take a more purposeful look. The mainly glass facade brings the interior decor partly into view.
Made in M is tiny but that’s not apparent from the outside. A couple caught up in ogling the facade just managed to beat us to entering the cafe. It had been empty before then. As we walked in, another couple walked in and I believe that brought this gem to more or less full capacity. We sat by the window and watched as countless others got caught up with the messmirizing charm of Made in M but none could join us. One by one I saw folks console themselves with taking pics perhaps to remind themselves that they will return to savour a bit more when there was space for them.
The staff were polite. There were lots of abandon laughter from the kitchen which is open and next to the tiny bar area. I guess they knew they worked in the coolest cafe in the medina so didn’t have to try too hard to impress. The decor did that for them.
My favourite decor piece no doubt was an upholstered stool with an image of Nelson Mandela in a Fez hat. The Fez hat by the way is named after Fez, which was capital of the Kingdom of Morocco until 1927. Strangely enough the Fez hat actually originated from the Ottoman era. The sofa cushions were just as remarkable.
Looking up on the ceiling brought the different sized weaved basket pendants into view. There was a rather interesting installation of Charles Andre Julien’s Les Africains too and some of his books stacked for sale on shelves in the cafe.
Made in M had a selection of a range of goodies to order but we’d just been to Cafe Clock for lunch, so we just made do with my favourite tea – mint tea and a hot chocolate drink. The cafe offers all kinds of traditional Moroccan cookies and pastries: corne de gazelle and griba to mention a few. The WiFi came in handy in quickly checking messages too.
As they say small things come in beautiful packages. Made in M was no exception. Bijou and cocooned in the epicentre of the centuries old medina it may be, but it gave us a taste of modern Fez which was charming just as much as it was refreshing.