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“Tourist Tat” 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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Tourist Tat”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Somewhat disappointing and did not live up to expectations. The initial sights sounds and smells are wonderful. However, after 10 minutes you realise that by and large they are all selling the same mass produced merchandise aimed at tourists. You can get stuff cheap if you barter, but beware, if you can get it cheap, it is generally very poor quality. The vendors are mostly all good humoured and friendly and wont pester you if you say "no thank you" or "I have already bought one of those". We found that they are not willing to barter on the better quality items and a few of them will take offence if you try to barter them down too low. Take a good look around and check the quality before you buy. We found better items and sometimes a little cheaper or the same price outside the Souk. If you are buying lamps, go to the Jewish quarter where they are sometimes making them. They are not willing to barter but you get a much better product. Be careful buying herbs and spices. It sounds very cheap until they start bagging it up and weighing it!

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“Manic place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Maze of alleyways with traders trying to sell you anything they can. Bartering to get the best price, start as low as you can. Bargains to be had if you bargain tough. Careful you don't get lost..... Lol. Well worth a look.

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“Assault on the senses”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

First thing we noticed was the noise, bells, drums, whistles and people all talking at once. then we were struck by the almost medieval impression it gave with the building style, myriad of tunnels and way of life and finally the smell....a combination of petrol from the dozens of scooters racing along and weaving in & out of the alleys through to cat mess in the smaller alleys. Whichever way you looked, there was something going on. Everything from snake charmers to bare knuckle fighters in the square through to an overwhelming array of goods for sale in the souk itself. You could easily get lost, it's so big, but it's divided into sections, carpets, metals, lanterns, spices and so on so that helped with getting your bearings. The stall holders were friendly but all mastered the knack of effectively 'trapping' you in a corner of their stall and doing their utmost to make you buy....even if you didn't want to. Our English culture is one of browsing, picking up and putting down, going from shop to shop until we find something we may want to buy,,,,but here in Marrakech it felt like running the gauntlet as we ended up not wanting to stop and look for fear of being hassled yet again. Of course, this is the way shopping is done here but it felt like a strain rather than a pleasure after a while. Definitely worth a visit but one of those 'once seen never forgotten' excursions that we personally wouldn't want to repeat. We did enjoy it but it was exhausting.

Visited January 2013
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“interesting place to get lost in”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

A lot of colors and smells in the souks. You have to bargain a lot for the price because the prices for tourists are heavily inflated. So take your time to look around and make sure you get the best price. If unhappy just turn around and leave and they will most probably ask you to come back and sell you the staff for the price you want. A lot of fun to "play" with the local merchants. It is gret fun to get lost in the souk.

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“bustling”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

very colourfull and interesting but impossible to buy anything as they wont agree a price and keep bringing more items so u give up in the end, it is like stepping back in time and a guide arranged by the hotel is very usefull to learn the history of the place

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