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“Circus square” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Jemaa el Fna

Jemaa el Fna
Central square at entrance to market, Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #10 of 62 Attractions in Marrakech
Type: Neighborhoods, Performances, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Shopping
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is the entrance to the outdoor market and food court of the city center.
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“Circus square”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

There are three things to do on Djemaa el Fna

1) Have a meal or a drink on a terrace overlooking the square (no alcohol anywhere in the square)

2) Eat street food from the numerous stalls, especially at night

3) Watch street entertainers: drummers, snake charmers, henna ladies, and so on. Drum circles are popular

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“market square”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

very busy especially at night..snake charmers,etc...but again if you like something different and hectic..this is it.

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Horsham, West Sussex
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“Smells sights and sounds!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We had previously been to Istanbul so I think it helped us prepare for this! Yes you get hassled but once we said no they left us alone. We found them quite amusing..."Cheap as chips! Asda prices" they quite liked it if you were 'cheeky' back. Of course you have to have your wits about you as with any city. It's a mix of horse and carriages scooters snake charmers, entertainers, water carriers, food and drink stools. You can eat a starter and main course for 2 people at around £7!I would recommend 'Chez Chegrouni' near Cafe de France-very cheap and tasty-you are given a piece of paper to write your order on. Would recommend going through the week as apposed to over a weekend when it's a little less busy. Some of the signs in the Souks are mis-leading-they point to the square being in the opposite direction to what it is. There is certainly never a dull moment in Jemaa el Fna!

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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“Shopping and Snakes”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

By Moroccan standards this felt fairly safe - but I'd still keep a close eye on your wallet. It is interesting, there are plenty of shops and easy for the inexperienced to get ripped off. In fact you will get ripped off, it is really just to what degree... But, enjoy the experience.
The actual square is best at dusk or evening with the snake charmers and other attractions, best to take some time and absorb the atmosphere...

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“This place is like being in a strange dream its a total head rush!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

In the day this square appears like any other, come back at night mad berber drumming and tribal dancers send you into a trance! crowds and crowds of people, stalls and stalls selling everything from oranges to dried dates to oraments. Snake charmers, monkeys on leads its totally crazy, mad buzzing and beating like your heart after too much strong coffee. And in the centre are bench after table after bench of food stalls. However couple things to watch for are pick pockets one put their hand in my back pocket, silly fool never put anything in there. And the food is not clean at the stalls, got bad screaming Abdabs and vomitting at the airport on the way home!! was not much fun! But generally Jemaa El Fna was marrakech for me, nothing else compared.....

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