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“Full on but fun” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Marrakech Souk

Marrakech Souk
Jemaa el Fna, Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #9 of 140 things to do in Marrakech
Activities: Shopping, People-watching
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“Full on but fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Weirdly, the souks reminded me a lot of the tourist district in Kathmandu. The same small, winding streets crammed full of open fronted shops people trying to sell you things. They even stock some of the same things!

Once you get used to the way business is done, shopping in the souks can be a lot of fun. I personally really enjoy haggling, although it can take a bit of getting used to, especially when someone acts like you've mortally offended them by naming such a low price. A quarter or a third of the stated price is usually a good place to start (unless it's already very cheap), but keep in mind that you only need to haggle to a price you're happy with - don't make the process too stressful! You can probably find what you're looking for elsewhere when it comes down to it. Also, go further into the souks/down little side streets as you can usually get a better price in the less easily accessed places.

Shopping aside, the souks are fun just to wander around in. The sheer amount of things for sale is astonishing, and I really enjoyed just looking into shops. The more relaxed you are about people trying to get you into their shop/make a sale, the nicer the experience is.

Downsides are that you can get a bit lost, so try and find a map with an enlarged view of the souks and have shops you can use as landmarks. The sheer volume of people can be a bit stressful too, especially when you throw motorcycles and animals into the mix. Also, be careful you're not being sold a cheap/faulty item - do some reading first if you can.

Overall though, the souks are definitely worth exploring.

Visited April 2015
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“what a ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

what a ride and even more full on at night, street food, entertainment shopping and more dodgemeisters than you can shake a stick at. Forget using Google earth inside the souk use a gps compass and a map or Nokia 'here' gps maps worked reasonably well for me. Buy a Morocco telecom data card (60 DHS for 4 GB) and 7 days and use data location for peanuts as well.

If the Moroccan police would like to use the spotting services of my wife and I to clear Jemma square of the prolific number of thieves and dodgemiesters, we can do it for you in one night.....they are that obvious. So why cant the Moroccan police ??????

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“Friendly Haggle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

The Souk is amazingly unthreatening and amusing place full of banter and good humour but there is a code one must observe, once one has agreed a final price one must pay it. We loved bargaining and purchased an great range of well made items including made to measure shoes, exquisite necklaces and rugs. We were particularly lucky to find a talented jewelary designer with a great eye also for fabrics and rugs in one of the courtyards off the main lane through the Souk. He is Aziz at 70 Rue Dar et Bach Condom Kharbouch Shop 13.

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“Overwhelming”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

I found the Souk to be a thoroughly overwhelming experience - the sights, smells, sounds. Bewildering and to be honest, I didn't enjoy it. Felt like everyone was trying to con us out of money. Like if you ask for directions, next thing you find yourself being bundled along by a person to a destination you may not have been aiming for and then the "helpful" person requests money for their efforts. You have to have very good boundaries and if you are a lady, perhaps try and ask other ladies for directions etc. Easy to get lost - take a good map.

Would recommend staying away from the Tannery if you don't have a strong stomach for bad smells. I do and I barely kept my breakfast down.

I was just in the Souk for half a day but I have been advised that if you give it more time, it grows on you.

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“Dont bother with a guide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

We visited the souk twice - once with a guide and once without.
When we went with the guide, we were shepherded to carpet shops and pharmacies - which we weren't interested in - and we felt very uncomfortable and pressured.
We went back the next day, and the shop owners were so very different towards us - much less pushy and more friendly - and we had no trouble getting lost as all the locals were very helpful.
If you don't want to buy something just keep saying no.

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