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Address: Central square at entrance to market, Marrakech, Morocco
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Shopping
Description: This is the entrance to the outdoor market and food court of the city...
This is the entrance to the outdoor market and food court of the city center.
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Jemaa el Fna

Very interesting cultural experience but a little overwhelming having to worry about picketpockets on mopeds and everybody wanting money to take a picture.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2012
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oxford
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

I guess its a must see. Its the main square,a tourist trap and one of the ways into the souks.expect almost continual harassment to eat,buy,pay for photos etc. its tiring when you cant just observe it without five people per step demanding your attention and money.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

The touts rush at you from everywhere even when you let them know you are not interested. Don't be fooled into thinking that the bread and olives placed on the table are free - THEY are NOT and are added onto the end of the bill. Also make sure you know the total of the food you have eaten/ordered because... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

The Marrakech of the moies lives here! Make sure to go in the daytime and also at night, it changes drastically between the two. Plan for at least few hours here and there so you have time to wander, and also to sit at one of the outdoor cafés and watch the world go by. Don't want to tell you... More 

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Phila, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Very interesting cultural experience but a little overwhelming having to worry about picketpockets on mopeds and everybody wanting money to take a picture.

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Evans, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Just kidding. One of the Moroccans told us they pick pocket...While that's possible it definitely didn't happen to us. The Jmaa was definitely interesting but sadly we found it extremely touristic compared to Fes and they definitely carried much more of the Chinese junk than the soukhs in Fes and Meknes. The food vendors and juice stands are definitely worth... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

I never tire of the sqaure - it is so entertaining even though it is pretty touristy. Great to wander around day or night. I have found the henna women to be a bit of pain - one grabbed me arm and starting painting henna on my wrist without permission - I stopped her and refused to pay!! I also... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

found this place to be lot of fun, I even tried to eat at one of the stalls, I didnt suffer from any illness, that was a good sigh after lot of thinking. The problem is the fake acrobats and charmers... they all do what they do for money, I noticed lot of locals gets in a circle and watch... More 

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stourbridge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Once we had found our bearings we had great fun sauntering through the stalls picking up bargains. Very hot day but nice and cool under the roof. Everyone polite and not pushy at all, seen worse on Bury market.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

This square comes alive at around 5pm every night. Lots of little food stalls appear. Set up like restaurants, full menus with fresh food cooked on the spot. Each stall has a number. I ate at number 1, 2 nights. Food was amazing, cheap and the wait staff extremely funny and loved a joke. Learn how to say please, thankyou,... More 

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Old Coulsdon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

visited here twice on our 3 day visit, so different, loved the sights, the smells and the sounds of the Square, especially the entertainers with the bird on his head ( thought it was stuffed til it flapped its wings and landed on the floor after their show! )They will charge for photos but a few dirhams is enough and... More 

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