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“Local people were lovely!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rue Bab Doukkala Market

Rue Bab Doukkala Market
Rue Bab Doukkala, Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #25 of 71 Shopping in Marrakech
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
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Birmingham
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“Local people were lovely!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Away from the main souks and square - bought fresh fruit and tagines from here without any bargaining as the prices were so reasonable. Locals were very welcoming.

Visited August 2014
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“Fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Rue Bab Doukkala is a fascinating local market in which the locals do their shopping. You can buy almost anything from hats to rugs, it is much cheaper than the souks and the best place to buy tagines etc.,. Not a typical tourist market no hard sell.

Visited February 2014
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marrakech
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“A fascinating insight into real local life and great shopping!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

Rue Bab Doukkala (from Bab Doukkala to the corner at Dar el Bacha) is a great local market street where local people do their daily shopping and is a natural route for tourists to take from that end of the new town towards the souks. From Baba Doukkala a minute or so into the street on the right you'll find the Fish Shop Cafe (as I call it - see seperate review), fruit and vegetable stalls and shops, barber shops and next along a small square with spice shops and guys selling real, working tagines. The best prices for tagines are here, from 25 Dirhams as they are the real deal, not the fancy tourist ones for display only. As you meander along, bearing left when you come to a huge palm tree in the middle of the street you'll find an art gallery and one of the local hammams (beside the Grand Mosque Bab Doukkala). Following along is one of the hidden treasures of Marrakech. Just before the last Derb on the left, before you reach the main road is a large wooden door covered with studs and the number 144 above also in studs (see sperate review). Finally you arrive at Dar el Bacha and a tricky road to cross before you are on the "posh" Marrakech shopping street.

Visited November 2011
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Marrakech, Morocco
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“a short walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2011

Rue Bab Doukkala

This street is well worth the ten or fifteen minutes walk through an old part of the medina, a popular route from the new town en route to the main souks, it comprises a local market. No “hard sell” of the tourist souks here! The route stretches from the multiple gates of Bab Doukkala (next to the principal bus station – the gare routiers) to Dar el Bacha in the north west of the ancient medina.

There are multiple kiosks, shops and barrow vendors here. Butchers specialising in lamb, beef or offal, vegetable and fruit sellers, fishmongers and the somewhat disturbing live chicken outlets (choose your bird and have it dispatched, machine plucked and dismembered in front of you!) Stalls selling small but deliciously sweet local bananas, a variety of melons, and perfectly ripe plum tomatoes and strawberries line the avenue. This is a mostly covered market, welcoming in the shade.

There are also haberdasheries and ironmongers, a pet shop (very unusual for Marrakech) which has well cared for tropical fish, fancy pigeons and Syrian hamsters for example.) For a short lunchtime break there are a few small cafes, including a fish snack bar. Not to forget the mattress stuffers shops!

Nearer to Dar el Bacha a small square hosts the Bab Doukkala mosque, a hammam and an atelier – an exhibition gallery, poorly advertised but well worth a visit. Many lanes (derbs) exit the street and most have a plethora of guest house riads.

A pleasant and different short walk.

Visited October 2011
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