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“Seek and you will find....” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Marrakech Souk

Marrakech Souk
Jemaa el Fna, Marrakech, Morocco
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Marrakech Discovery Tour
Ranked #225 of 735 Attractions in Marrakech
Type: Neighborhoods, Flea & street markets, Shopping & Fashion, Other
Activities: Shopping, People-watching
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Weybridge
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“Seek and you will find....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

The souk is a maze of alleys and vendors all selling the same thing - bags, pots, jewellry, scarfs, sandals, spices - but that is exactly what you would expect. Yes, it is very easy to get lost, but look up and you will see signs back to the main square so just follow them and eventually you will get back to civilisation. You must barter - whatever the price is they quote, go in with your initial bid at just under half. And be prepared to walk away, even if they get agressive, sad or make you feel guilty! We bought some small pots, the ones 'on show' were Safi branded which is supposed to be a good quality ceramic. We pointed out the colours we wanted, the vendor got the pots for us and wrapped them up - when we opened the package at home, the pots were not branded so much poorer quality - but hey, we paid £3 for each, so what do you expect. But maybe just watch what they actually put in the bag! I found some of the vendors a bit agressive in their way that they tried to stop you to come into their shop, and you do have to be prepared for every vendor to try to entice you in, so it does get a bit tiring after a while saying constantly no thank you, but that is all part of the fun! Seek out the bargains - leather bags are definately at the top of the list, as are the scarfs. If you do find yourself wandering out of the souk into unfamiliar streets, be prepared if you are truly lost and someone helps you find your way back to pay a tip. Go there and enjoy the experience! It has to be done.

Visited July 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“A Must Experience but perhaps alittle too much hassle!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We had a lovely few hours in the Souks with our guide (and im really glad we paid afew pound to have him with us) A real eye opener to see so many hand made Moroccan goods and in set in so many streets and so interesting to watch them making these goods but for us it was alittle too much hassle even though we did have our guide with us it is a must to go see.

Visited July 2013
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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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“The real moroccan experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

its full of unique thing that you'll never find in any other place like moroccan clothes,pants,dried fruits and moroccan tea.
also there's alot of street shows that's really different from oter shows like people playng with snacks,cards and MONKEYS!!
to see the whole souq there's alot of cafes above the apartments go and buy a juice and you can sit and watch everything.

Visited February 2013
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Ratoath, Ireland
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“Labyrinth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Loved shopping in the souks- would need two weeks just for shopping! Even if you're not a shopper its still definately a trip you have to make. Don't show that you're intersted in anything even if you are, keep it cool and casual and reserved that way you won't get harrased. If you like something, don't show it! Think of how much you want to pay before hand, then haggle away. Don't be afraid to walk away without buying even if you have spent a while haggling. Shop arround before hand to see what going rates are then go for it.

Visited May 2013
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Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar
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“loudly and crowded.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

souk is a great place to visit for a short period of time, otherwise you will have headache. everybody wants to sell you smth and at one point you will fill annoyed. put a deadline and stick to it and keep your smile with you.

Visited June 2013
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