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“Bargain hard and don't be intimidated” 3 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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“Bargain hard and don't be intimidated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

You have to see the Souks when in Marrkech, it's almost impossible to avoid them. You get hassled to varying degrees by stall holders, the worst seemed to be the perfume shops and spice stalls.

Very few of the stores have marked prices, so the price of the same item varies enormously. One of my friends saw some bowls she liked, 40MAD in one store with price tickets. She was later asked for 200MAD for the same item and eventually bought them for 20MAD each. Shop around until you find the best price and start your offer at a third (33%) of that and expect to pay about half (50%). Don't be intimidated, be prepared to say no and walk away (this often gets you the best price).

If you don't want a leather footstool, pointy toed slippers, argan oil or saffron, don't ask the price, it will cost you at least 15 minutes of your holiday.

There are no official guides in the Souks, just scammers after a tip, or directing you to a store that pays them commision and the commision will be included in the price you pay.

Having said all that, the Souks can be fun. Some of the stall holders do have some good banter, you may find a real bargain and they offer an escape from the sun.

P.S. If you don't know what saffron looks like, or smells like, don't buy it. Morocco is one of the worlds leading producers, but you can end up with the worlds most expensive turmeric, if you don't know what you are looking for. If the price is too good to be true, it's because it's too good to be true.

Visited April 2013
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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!

Visited July 2013
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