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Jemaa el Fna

Central square at entrance to market, Marrakech, Morocco
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As featured in 3 days in Marrakech and 1 other guide
Ranked #18 of 90 attractions in Marrakech
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighborhoods, Performances
Activities: Shopping
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This is the entrance to the outdoor market and food court of the city center.
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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

During the day this is full of market stalls, however the entertainment in the evening (snakes/ monkeys/ belly dancers in drag...) were definitely worth seeing. Don't take photos, and if approached walk away - you shouldn't need to pay anything out for this experience!

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Stansted
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Unlike many destinations in North Africa the vendors are not aggressive and understand that sometimes you just want to look - the Night Market is colourful, noisy and vibrant - eat there once (although don't expect haute cuisine - the pastries from the barrow vendors are very good and at 30 dirham (£2-25) very good value. The fresh orange juice... More

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Leuven, Belgium
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Always things to do or things to see. Have a fresh glass of orange juice for only 4 Dirhams (30 Eurocent). From Sunrise till dawn: I miss it already ...

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London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
11 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This place is a must. Snake charmers by day food by night,.Crazy place. A mus see. Pref from a bar overlooking square to apprecaite it

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Lisbon, Portugal
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49 reviews 49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Delicious, freshly-squeezed glasses of orange juice for 40 cents amid the chaos of henna-tattooers, snake charmers and the same old things to buy in shop after shop after shop were the best part of this huge, huge open square. It's a must-see, but keep on going

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Yorkshire, UK
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

The square is an amazing place to watch transform from a quiet and mostly empty square during the day, into a hive of activity at night. Go to the top balcony of the Cafe de Glaces for the best view - way better than the view from the Cafe de France. The food stalls are entertaining, but the food itself... More

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Athens, Greece
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Amazing huge colourful square surrounded by souks. Take a visit in the day but do not miss an sunset visit. It's a worth to see attraction . Snake charmers , Orange juice sellers , Dancers , Outdoor food serving and thousands of people .

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NSW AUSTRALIA
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

If visiting Marrakech one needs to experience the square of a day and a night, very different experiences. Of a day the square seemed filed with orange stalks and was a place one walked through o access another area. Of a night it became filled with performers and food stalls, snakes, monkeys, the dentist with his pliers and teeth, a... More

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Abbotsford, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Yes, some reviewers call this a tourist trap. But how can you go to Marrakesh and not see their ground zero?! This is the soul of the whole Medina! For your first time, just walk around and take in the sights, smells, sounds during the day. Give the barkers a friendly but firm "no thanks". Have some amazing fresh-squeezed fruit... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

While clearly a touristy place to visit, it's still worth taking in Jemaa el Fna - both during the day and again at night. Don't buy, just look -- especially avoid the foods. Buy fruits, dates and nuts from a place off the square where there's less dust and things are fresher. Be wary of ingesting anything that will cause... More

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