This Is What Life in Casablanca Really Looks Like

Those who visit Rick’s Café in Casablanca know exactly what awaits for them: filigree lanterns patterning the faces of dining couples, palm trees reaching to the ceiling, and a baby grand waiting under an archway for Sam to play it again. However, this was only true in the famous 1942 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The truth is that Casablanca the movie wasn’t based on Casablanca the city. Actually, filming didn’t took place in Morocco. That’s why we have created a slideshow to show you what daily life in Casablanca looks like! Vivid colors, diversity or religions, night life for the youth, outdoor activities, and more for you to see!

#20. Child’s Play

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Children using their creativity and imagination to come with ideas to entertain themselves.

#19. A Dark Contrast

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While this young girl is wearing bright colorful clothes, her companion is wearing a black burka. Most Moroccans are Sunni Muslims, belonging to Maliki school of jurisprudence.

#18. A Needed Stop

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A beautiful white horse protects himself from the sun, near the Atlantic ocean.

#17. Old Friends

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Men sharing a laugh in the city center.

#15. The Sounds

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A construction worker operating machinery between music billboards.

#14. Mirrors

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In the flea market in the Hay Hassani neighborhood, mirrors show people’s reflection as they walk by.

#13. Treasure Hunt

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Men, women, children, and even animals, can enjoy a windy day at the beach.

#12. Goals

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Some children play as the clock tower (which was made in 1908) guards them and still sets the rhythm of the city.

#11. The Park

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A city gathering spot (or should we say catering?) welcomes all of them to enjoy all kinds of activities.

#10. Two-way Streets

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Daily life in Casablanca.

#9. Nightlife

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Within only a short taxi ride from the city center, Ain Diab is known for the beach clubs and nightlife.

#8. Tiger Stripes

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Noun men sharing a cigarette break, as one of them shows his scars.

#7. Tradition

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A man wearing traditional clothing from a different era in the Square of Mohammed V.

#6. Ponytails

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Humans and animals can enjoy the benefits of the salt breeze on their hair.

#5. Breakdancers

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An old break-dancing studio, where the young gather to work on their moves and hang out.

#4. Soccer Days

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Men playing soccer on a sunny day in Place Merchal, as another man hides from the light (and the camera)!

#3. Tolerance

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Christianity is the second-largest religion in the city, but most Christians in Morocco are foreigners. Featured in the picture, Santa greeting the crowd at Marechal Square.

#2. Summer Nights

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People from Casablanca enjoying a summer night at the beach.

#1. Devoutness

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Men and women are separated from each other by cars , while they wait for prayers during Eid al-Fitr.

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