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“Great value” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ensemble Artisanal

Ensemble Artisanal
Ranked #4 of 110 Shopping in Marrakech
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“Great value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This was great. In the Souks you get hassled by the vendors, but here all the prices are set, and they are all very reasonable.

Visited July 2014
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Cos Cob, Connecticut
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“Calm shopping experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Ensemble Artisanal is a great place to go to shop in peace and quiet once you have had enough of the souks. The prices are fixed , you can pay by credit card and there is a nice little reasonably priced cafe inside.

You get to see the craftsmen and women making the products they sell, the ladies hand tying the carpets will let you tie some wool shanks into the carpet they are making if you are interested. I picked up a nice well made djellaba here at a good price.

It's also a great respite from the heat of the city too.

Visited June 2014
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Hamble, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic realistic fixed priced cheap safe shopping that accept Cards!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Next to the new TUI Medina Gardens Hotel along the main road from Koutoubia Mosque.

100 shops inside a cool calm open air centre over two floors.

Secure ATM for cash.

Shops accept cards (over 300 MAD) and Cash in MAD, Euro or GBP.

Best visited in the afternoon to avoid the sun when the hotel goers are by their pools! Browse on first visit and buy on second - worked for us. No pressure to but, prices are fixed and marked so no haggling!

The shop owners and staff really do want to talk and interact with you but only if you ask. Don't waste their time if you are not going to buy though, its not fair. If you don't bother them they are happy for you to browse no problem at all for as long as you want.

Nice clean Café serving tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks for cash only by fountains inside.

WC is 3 MAD per visit and incl. tissue.

No stress and easy to spend a nice afternoon here with no security worries at all.

Best shop: Go past the café, past the ATM and on you right at the end the Man making and selling his Kaftans, Shirts and clothing while you wait. Take time to talk to him. Prices are fixed and advertised anyway. Many already made to choose from. Good quality and ideal to wear on a night out in Jemma El Fna. Go for the fitted long plain Kaftans to blend in, not a baggy mad coloured embroidered one! Also don't miss the upstairs in the courtyard for old wooden engraved rescued mahogany doors and plaques - if you have got the weight allowance in your suitcase.

Visited June 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Easy shopping”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Not quite the experience of the souks but certainly less stressful! everything has a price and this removes the need to haggle. there are some really beautiful things for sale here. It is also a great way to know what prices to pay in the souks. We looked at some paintings here but didn't see anything which really took our fancy - however we did price certain artists and sizes of paintings which meant when we went to the souks that evening we were able to get two decent sized paintings for 650DHS rather than 1100DHS! worth a trip! very pretty inside too!

Visited May 2014
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Karlsruhe, Germany
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“Henna tattoo at the ensemble artisanal”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Tourist guides for Marrakech warn you, not to get a henna tattoo at the "Square", because there is no control about professionalism and toxic ingredients like PPD. But if you think, you are better off, if you go to the Ensemble Artisanal, you are wrong. The young woman, who is doing henna tattoos there, uses PPD without any warnings. My daughter got a terrible infection and a dramatic allergic reaction after getting a tattoo there. She will suffer for the rest of her life from it. Therefore, don't go for a henna tattoo at the ensemble artisanal - there are other shops, however, which offer quite good products. I don't want to condemn the whole institutions.

Visited April 2014
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