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“Watch Out for Scam” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Herboriste Des Amis

Herboriste Des Amis
Kaate Benahid Souk Ahel Fes nr 3, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco
00212 660332739
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Ranked #31 of 71 Shopping in Marrakech
Type: Shops, Shopping
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London
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Watch Out for Scam”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

While the shop itself was nice and it might have been interesting to peruse the spices and oils alone, the set up seems to all be part of a larger scam run by a group of guys who get kickbacks from the stores.
After being told that a sight we wanted to see was "closed but there was a festival nearby" and then somehow being led to the tanneries and given an unsolicited tour, brought to a shop and harassed to buy, then harassed by the man giving the 5 minute 'tour' of the tannery that he wanted the equivalent of 18GBP, then taken back by another man to stop at his "brother's spice store" all while never being led near the place we originally wanted to go. The guy will wait outside the spice store to collect whatever tourists he can to demand more money to be led astray.
So just be careful not to fall into this trap as they know exactly what they're doing. This spice store is just another "my brother's store" where you will be harassed into buying and paying them far more than any reputable guide would ask.

Visited March 2013
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Plano, Texas
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Cozy little shop full of lovlieness to smell!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

I came across this shop while my riad host was showing me around the medina. I did buy a few things but never felt pressure to do so. The owner was extremely pleasant, served us mint tea & allowed us to smell & sample many spices & herbs. There is everything from spices to add to various foods to herbs that help alleviate an array of ailments to wonderful perfumed scents. Very cozy, friendly & well-organized.

Visited November 2012
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Blackburn, Lancashire
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“More than just Herbs & Spices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We've been coming to Marrakech for several years, usually in late October to enjoy the atmosphere & culture of the place, and of course the sunshine....and we always visit this shop but have never written a review about it before now. It is run by several young men with a vast knowledge of herbs & medicines. We buy Soaps, Spices & Argan Oil here for it's many properties, but mainly for the skin, and can testify that it really works. This time I had a shoulder, head & neck massage too ! Overall, a friendly & informative set up and well worth a visit.

Visited November 2012
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