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“Truly incredible” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Marrakech Souk

Marrakech Souk
Jemaa el Fna, Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #14 of 91 attractions in Marrakech
Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Neighborhoods
Activities: Shopping, People-watching
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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“Truly incredible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The souks are truly amazing a real rabbit warren. Don't feel intimidated in the souks the locals are all very nice. If you do get pestered to visit there shop a firm NO Thank you does the trick and be prepared to barter.

Visited July 2013
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“mad mad mad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

a must see what an experience. we got warned about the people there pestering you, but it fine and quite funny.
you can not go to marrakech without seeing the souks.

Visited June 2013
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“Intense, chaotic, noisy, colourful and what you would expect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

A must-do while you are in Marrakech is to enjoy the Medina and the Souks. So much to see when walking around and to enjo y the sheer insanity of it. If you don't enjoy crowded places with people everywhere then this is probably not your thing. Traders constantly speak to you willing you into their stores and try and engage you in the bartering activity. It's very enjoyable for the first few days but does understandably get tiresome if you're in Marrakech for more than a week.

Visited July 2013
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“be prepared”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

be prepared to be in awe and very hot! I recently went to Marrakech and visited the souk twice and enjoyed both times! the traders can be a little bit pushy but no more than you would expect! always ask how much they want for the item and start haggling from under half price! prices vary from stall to stall and often its exactly the same item so look around before making any purchase and do nit be afraid to walk away if you do not like the price! inside the souk there is a factory that makes and sells amazing argan oil and Moroccan oil with very good group discounts! also there is a section that is the leather factory where the actual slippers and sandals are made! ask a guide to take you there as there are some real bargains to be had! on our first visit we used an unofficial tour guide man called mohammed and we found him again the second time! we did tip him but this was purely our choice not a requirement!

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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.

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