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“A tourist trap to avoid” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Jemaa el Fna

Jemaa el Fna
Central square at entrance to market, Marrakech, Morocco
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is the entrance to the outdoor market and food court of the city center.
Ballarat, Australia
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“A tourist trap to avoid”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

As beautiful and feastful the place is to the eye, I was shocked to see the amount of beggars. The sellers also tend to set a very high price and expects you to bargain it down. But often the you can obtain a much better price if you venture the peripheral of the square.

Visited March 2013
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“Worst place ever”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I stayed close to Jemaa el Fnaa for the 3 days I was in Marrakech. I really hated every time I had to go through it. All the hustlers, scammers, rude people etc etc really could ruin every day. Every time I would look at something, even from a distance, there would be someone trying to make money out of me. The ones with the monkeys tried to get me to take pictures with them, the ones with shops tried to pull me in, others tried to guide me in another direction and so it goes on.

Normally I like a big crowd like New York or Bangkok, but I will never recommend people to visit this place for a longer time. There are a few good restaurants here and there, and it's more fun to sit and watch all the frenzy from a distance. Also, there are soooo many scooters and bikes that I was constantly feeling I was in danger of being hit by a bypasser.

Visited December 2012
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“Morrocan version of "The Apperentice"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Jemma at night - great atmosphere. Not really for the food but to experience the Morrocan art of persuasion. Join in the fun. A must do for visitors :)

Visited March 2013
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Toulouse, France
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“Food poor”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

I really don't recommend the central restaurants in the evening, shoved together and over priced for quality, choose some of the small restaurants/cafes around the edge, some great tagines for 3€. Please don't have photos taken with the monkeys, these are taken from the wild as babies and mostly seem very unhappy in their life hugging tourists and probably tied up all day. But do talk to the men with them, I met one who had a good relationship with his monkey and seemed to be kind though I still see it as prison for these animals, i gave no money but encouraged the guy to use a soft, supple leather collar rather than a chain and said how important it was to treat them well. If lots of people say that tourists like to see animals treated well perhaps it will help the life of those already taken. Living in hope!

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“sooooo much fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

listened to story tellers.. saw and held snakes & monkeys.. great experience! great atmosphere .. i fell in love with marrakech.. and i enjoyed this 100%.

Visited September 2012
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