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“Possibly my favourite place in Marrakesh” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mellah

Mellah
Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #20 of 84 attractions in Marrakech
Type: Historic Sites, Neighborhoods
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This is the Jewish neighborhood in Marrakech. Here you´ll find the Lezama Synagoge, an important historical site, as well as other eating and shopping opportunities.
Stockholm, Sweden
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“Possibly my favourite place in Marrakesh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

After the crazy-ness of the souks, we went to the Mellah and enjoyed it a lot. The sellers are a lot less 'in your face' and seem more relaxed and friendly. There are a lot of spice and argan oil shops etc; an 'pharmacist' might call you in - I suggest you go in as he will explain you a lot about the different spices, herbs, oils etc. Yes, of course they want you to buy something, but there is a lot less pressure than in the souks and you can actually walk out with nothing and they still will give you a smile.
On the corner of the Place de la Ferblanterie (spelling might be wrong:) there is a little patisserie selling a huge variety of Moroccan cakes. The owner is very friendly. He made us a box full of samples, explained the ingredients and how they are made. Recommended.

Visited April 2013
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“Nothing there”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

same old shops as souks, people still call out and ask you to buy, less shops and a synagogue where a child tried to get money out of us. not a great looking place.
the trip advisor city guide totally point in the wrong direction. do not use it for Mellah.

Visited March 2013
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San Diego, California
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“The Mellah”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

I liked the Mellah much better than the square itself as far as prices go. You can negotiate prices much better and it is better to buy your jewelry from the Mellah. Also they have more fixed prices for souvenirs. I bought a nice metal filegree bookmark with the hand of Fatima for only 20 dirhams, roughly 2 dollars. It is very pretty.

Visited March 2013
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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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“Worth hiring a guide to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

This old Jewish neighboorhood near the Royal Palace is simple enough to get to, but not as easy to navigate, especially if you want to try to see one of the old synagogues... they are hidden, but worth the look. The streets are more narrow and winding than elsewhere in the Medina, but Morocco has a rich history with the Jewish people from this earliest times... don't overlook it.

Visited March 2013
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Prague, Czech Republic
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“Great history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Mellah in Marrakesh might be smaller than the one in Fes, but nevertheless worth visiting. Make sure you are not there too early in the morning as they will not let you in the Synagogue (due to the morning prayers). It is an active Synagogue with Jewish ladies living still on the premises. The blue and white courtyard is in a great contrast to the red of the houses outside. It is a little hidden, so you might need someone to point you to the entrance (a little opening in the wall).

Visited September 2012
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