A shopping tour in Marrakech


Seven days every week, regardless of how early your rise within the morning, there’s already somone within the souqs able to greet you. Marrakech is the unique market city and grasp craftsmen have been working their wonders within the Medina (outdated metropolis) for hundreds of years. Pleasantries ought to at all times precede value enquiries, and good-natured bargaining is predicted within the souqs.

It doesn’t matter what value you’re quoted, counter with half of what you’re prepared to pay and work as much as an appropriate value from there. Outlets within the medina are open between 10am and 7pm on daily basis aside from Friday afternoon. In Ville Nouvelle (new metropolis) outlets, the place costs are fastened, opening hours are typically 9.30am to 6pm or 7pm Monday to Saturday.

The colorful souks of Marrakech

When locals seek advice from the souks, they imply the maze of market streets that stretch north from the Djemaa el-Fna. The primary thoroughfare are Souq Semmarine and Souq el-Kebir, initially devoted to leather-based work, they now promote all method of issues and trinkets. Keep in mind, given the excessive value of actual property right here, costs are at their highest and lots of the merchandise may be discovered cheaper within the specialist quissariat (coated markets) additional north. Significantly value a go to is Rahba Kehdima, the apothecaries sq., which is ringed with multi-coloured spice stalls. Additionally of curiosity is the Creiee Berbere, as soon as the slave market, and now the primary Moroccan Carpet Souk. Souq Haddadine is the place you’ll discover the blacksmiths at work and shut by Place Ben Youssef is the Leatherworkers Souk.

Souq Cherifia: In search of young Moroccan designers:

In case you’re seeking to dip your toe in gently, head to the galleried Souq Cherifia. This mini-market, simply off Rue Mouassine, is the place youthful, edgier Moroccan designers congregate. The workmanship right here can also be superior to a lot of what you’ll discover in the principle souks Marrakech, take the attractive hand embroidered linens and towels at La Maison Bahira (maisonbahira.com) and the embellished leather-based baggage from Lalla (lalla.fr). Different must-have souvenirs are the personalised baskets from Authentic Marrakech (panier-marocain.com), Berber beanies from Ipanema and exquisite silk abayas from Erebya (erebyaparis.com).