Marrakech Souks (Marrakech Market), Marrakech

Marrakech Souks (Marrakech Market), Marrakech (must see)

No visit to Morocco would be complete without spending hours in the Marrakech Souks, of which the best are to be found alongside Jemaa el-Fnaa. Most of these are, basically, historical sites and squares from centuries ago, now fitted with stalls and galleries where haggling is the name of the game, since nothing is priced and you'll be given a much higher price at the outset. Don't worry about offending the trader – he expects you to barter and would be disappointed if you didn't.

You'll find tons of shops selling everything that comes to mind, and the only problem is to decide what you can carry home as a souvenir. There are toy camels by the score, made of suede with leather bridles; you will see traditional costumes, bolts of material beyond counting, and leather goods – from belts and handbags to shoes and boots. There are ornately carved wooden boxes, jewelry, rugs and carpets, as well as traditional musical instruments, but if you aren't a good player, you can buy CDs instead. In some of the galleries, you can watch ironsmiths and tanners at work.

When you get thirsty you will, of course, find stalls selling fresh orange juice or some of the best mint tea in the city. The best part of these souks is the spice stands, where you will find every kind of exotic spice sold in jute bags to keep it fresh.

Why You Should Visit:
Loads of quality goods that you can get for practically nothing (if you can barter!) and if you like to be in the crowds and feel the vibes, just an amazing place to be.

Tip:
As there are about 11,000 shops to roam through, it is recommended to hire a guide who will show you the places to buy whatever you want and will get the best price for you. If visiting alone, walk purposefully, confidentially, and like you know where you're going. Step into a quiet place if you need to check directions, and when shop keepers call out to you, don't respond or be 'polite' by saying "no, thank you" – they are playing a competitive game, therefore a brief but non-attached smile is sufficient. Of course, it can be quite fun to engage, haggle and window shop if you feel like it, but that's up to you.

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Marrakech Souks (Marrakech Market) on Map

Sight Name: Marrakech Souks (Marrakech Market)
Sight Location: Marrakech, Morocco (See walking tours in Marrakech)
Sight Type: Shopping
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Marrakech, Morocco

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Create Your Own Walk in Marrakech

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