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“Fantastic place and culture but keep your wits about you.” 4 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 91 attractions in Marrakech
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighborhoods, Performances
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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“Fantastic place and culture but keep your wits about you.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

I really enjoyed Jemaa el Fna but the people on the market and the street performers are very pushy and you should keep your wits about you. That being said it really is something you must see a really historic market and some fantastic food. I would also suggest the markets at the back but again you are likely to get hasseled if you do not look Morrocan/Local, also it's best to be with a couple of other people especially if you are a woman travelling alone.

Visited September 2013
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“Marrakech - Jemaa el Fna - A night to Remember”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We visited Jemaa el Fna initially during the afternoon and although there were a few orange juice sellers and other stalls, together with a few locals attracting the tourists with snake charming and monkeys it all felt a bit of a damp squib after all we had been told. This coupled with the near forty degree heat left us a little deflated but determined to see if the place would liven up later in the evening. And liven up it certainly did.

Two days later we set off for Jemaa el Fna once again but this time early evening to catch the sunset over Marrakech from one of the surrounding restaurant rooftops. This time we were not disappointed. Just before seven pm we made our way to the top level of the Hotel Restaurant Café de France. We had been recommended this place as the best to see the sunset over the city and watch the square come alive. Luckily we made the rooftop just in time to secure a table at the front and over the next hour or so the sun went down and Jemaa el Fna came to life. This was a truly wondrous sight to see from up above. The stalls expanded and just about the whole area was a wash with local vendors, entertainers and seemingly the whole population of the city. What a sight and what a way to see it. On top of the Café de France, although seemingly a little further away from the action than others, was looking directly at the sun as it descended and this gave us a brilliantly coloured perspective of the whole area. Later we then descended ourselves into the square where we never felt vulnerable or ill at ease. We wandered around the place taking in the activities, the street stalls, entertainers and the abundance of locals and tourists who were there to take in everything Jemaa el Fna had to offer. It was truly brilliant. My advice would be to get a rooftop facing where the sun goes down at about 6.45 pm ( this was September ) and watch the sun set and the square below change. Then head off into the melee below to enjoy one of the spectacles of Marrakech.

Visited September 2013
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“Comes alive at night”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This is a must while in Marrakech. While it is a busy place during the day, it really comes to life at night filled with thousands of people. Would recommend having drink at one of the rooftop terrace watching the world go by and eating at the stalls (we ate at number 1). Just beware when taking pictures or even just watching all performers including acrobats, monkey handlers, snake charmers etc...as well as people wearing traditional costumes as nothing is free. Once they see you're looking you're paying!!!

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“Eat what local eats!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

The food market itself dose not start until at least 6pm in the evening. Amazing food at the stalls and we ate many times there throughout our trip. The best stalls usually only have one or two people only outside holding their menus and they won't push you inside. One of the stalls at the connor (number 31?) was packed with locals buying takeaway and we had the best food there. The snail and soup are both worth trying and the orange juice is a must every night.

Visited September 2013
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“Marrakesh at night...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The square is a must see. I ate here most evenings i was in Marrakesh; at stalls 1 and 25...(more times at the latter) - it is the place for cheap food - yet tasty. A real atmosphere at night - a visual feast. Just keep a good sense of humour - don't let henna tatooists near you unless you want them to ink you...take photographs carefully or with permission ...If you get orange juice ask for plastic cups to keep your stomach safe:) For solo travellers - a great spot where you would never feel lonely.

Visited August 2013
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