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“The place to get spices” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mellah

Mellah
Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #26 of 90 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.
Marple, England, United Kingdom
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“The place to get spices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

The Jewish quarter is a different atmosphere than the souk.
Everyone is much more relaxed and the stocks of spices is continually renewed because this is where the local population goes to buy them.
Also the prices are sometimes written which gives you an idea of what you should pay for them !

Visited March 2013
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“The old Jewish quarter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

To the right of the Palais Bahia is a road that snakes under an arch and winds its way by the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter. Thankfully, someone has scrawled the word synagog on the wall or else you'd miss the entrance to the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter. Follow that winding path until you find a door on the left right before it opens up into a small square. Behind that door is a Jewish synagogue. If you miss it, ask any of the neighbours and they are happy to point it out to you. It seems they live peacefully side by side of the Jews. Also further along, you will find the most fascinating Jewish cemetery dating back to the 1100s. Again, if you get lost, just ask. Anyone in the area will be happy to escort you to the cemetery. Worth the trip

Visited April 2013
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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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London, United Kingdom
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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.

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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.

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