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“Best viewed from a cafe rooftop” 5 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.
Exeter, United Kingdom
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“Best viewed from a cafe rooftop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

The square is the heart of the medina in Marrakech. It is a bustling street market by day and evolves into a tented eatery by night, plus street entertainment. We viewed the many activities from the Cafe Glacier from late afternoon through to early evening and watched the transition.

Visited October 2013
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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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“Crazy place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Visit during the day as well as at night as totally different. Expect to be approached to go the food stalls or into the shops but you can always so no. The square at night is alive with snake charmers, performing monkeys, dancers, henna artists and loads more. It's an experience not to be missed.

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Norrkoping, Sweden
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“Big square”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

All roads out of the souk leads here somehow. It is a rather desolate and big square with orange and nut vendors as well as snakecharmers and hennapainters...
Around it, you will find several cafes, beware since some of them our less concerned with hygien. Your best option might be to stick to bottled beverages and only eat in the well established venues frequented by many!

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Culture in a square!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

this is why we visit Marrakech - not because there are loads of Disney type attractions but because you can see real people living real lives. be prepared to have all your dirhams sucked out of you though. If you make eye contact you are saying I'm a tourist fleece me! But its all part of the experience. Do it once, be prepared to part with dirhams and enjoy. tip - they always ask at least double what they will settle for and that's just for a photo!

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Ilhabela, SP
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“Fervent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

There are 2 sides of this square. During the day it is full of people with the snakes and monkeys triyng to get some money with photoes, it's sad to see the monkeys arrested in chains and being pulled by the owner. But the night, it's completely different. The square gets more live and crowd, a lot of drum beat and people dancing. There are a lot of stalls where you can eat safe treet food and drink fresh and cheap orange juice. The souks are in the climax and tourists are mixed with locals in a fervent way.

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