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“You MUST go at night, it is a completely different atmosphere than in the day” 5 of 5 stars
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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.
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“You MUST go at night, it is a completely different atmosphere than in the day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We stayed near Jemaa el Fna so experienced it in many different lights. If you don't like crowds, hectic scenarios or are put off by scammer's and poverty then I am not sure why you are even travelling to Morocco. But for those of you that love to experience a bit of culture and soak in what Morocco has to offer then this is the place to be.
During the day it provides a great place to choose a restaurant/cafe to eat at, yes it may be a little more expensive to dine here as it is in the main square but what is an extra couple of dirhams when you can sit for hours just watching the world go by. The juice carts are functioning at all hours, so treat yourself to a 4 dirham drink when your sweating it out in 40 degree heat.
This is a good place to start your shopping and explore the area. Once it gets to about 6pm you see what is the only "bare" area in the square start to transform. Heaps of little stores are set up to sell dinner. Mainly the same sort of thing so don't spend to much time choosing one, but you can sit and enjoy a cheap feed, fresh off the grill. The rest of the square, although already seemed full in the day fills up with about 8 times more people and you can easily spend a few hours walking around watching the buskers, musicians etc. I don't fancy watching the snake charmers or money tamers but I am not going to let it bother me. Practices such as these in countries like this probably wont ever change so just carry on experiencing the things you do enjoy and try not to let it upset you.
We spent every night down in Jemaa el Fna and found that when we went to other parts in Morocco we missed the action and community attached to having such a festival style main square.

Visited August 2013
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“As crazy as ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

this has to be the place to come if you are visiting Marrakech! Be prepared for the crazy sights and smells of this magical country! Don't be afraid and let "horror" stories put you off! If you don't want something simply say no or walk away! Do beware of pickpockets and we did hear of some women having their bums groped on the sly!

Visited September 2013
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“Crazy place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

This place cannot be described it just has to be seen. So crazy and lively. You've got people selling stuff, guys sitting there with monkeys and snakes, a guy selling teeth (!!! yes teeth), henna artists, storytellers, people playing games and food and juice stalls. When you're there definitly have an orange juice and enjoy it while taking in all the crazy around you...

Visited September 2013
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“Best seen after dark...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

You have to see the square but I didn't really enjoy it during the day...don't like the monkeys on leads, animals in tiny cages and snake charmers, but I accept this is a different culture to mine. At night though, it's kinda fun - so busy and noisy with the musicians, food stalls and a throng of onlookers. It's fun to watch from one of the bar or restaurant terraces too. There are lots of guys selling tea light holders and lanterns on the ground and these do make the place look pretty. It also feels safe when you're walking around.

Visited September 2013
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“Must see it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Don't come here in the heat of the day. Instead, wait until the early evening when the place really comes alive with stalls, animals, restaurants and carts selling sweets, juices and all manner of dried fruits. I don't really like to see the snake charming or the treatment of the monkeys (I consider it cruel), but it is very unique and you won't miss it from afar; just don't go in too close or show excessive interest as you'll be expected to part with your money for watching.

Visited May 2013
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