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“Shoppers Paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jemaa el-Fnaa

Jemaa el-Fnaa
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Shopping in the Souks of Marrakech Private Tour
Ranked #16 of 156 things to do in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This is the entrance to the outdoor market and food court of the city center.
San Bernardino, California
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Shoppers Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Take some time and wander deep into the Souk. There are fewer tourists, better bargains and a more relaxed atmosphere.

Visited October 2012
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Anglesey, United Kingdom
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“A cacophony of sound and smells”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

You need to go back at different times of the day because it changes in character between the day and night markets. Lots of fun but don't let any of the sellers tell you something is free-it won't be!

Visited April 2013
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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

During the day, there are snake charmers and stalls in the square, but at night the place comes alive!
A must do, in Marrakech, it's fascinating!

Visited April 2013
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Dunblane, United Kingdom
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“Too many touts to enjoy as much as it should be enjoyed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

You really need to be aware of what's going on around you from the first time you visit. Keep your eyes straight ahead and do not show even the slightest interest in the baby animals, the snakes, the henna tattoo designs or the barbary apes, or you will have some very unfriendly, unwelcoming people demanding your money very quickly - and making you feel like you should part with even more of it.

You're better to get a few coins and go join in listening to one of the story-tellers, musician groups or actors, even if you can't understand Arabic. Don't get me wrong - you'll still be expected to hand over a few Dirham, but at least you're getting entertainment that nobody else is suffering for (although there can be a degree of racism in some of the acting out, I think).

Also, unless you *know* you want to eat, don't bother walking anywhere near the food stalls because you will just get unnecessary hassle. Watch out for the little kids trying to sell you tissues, too - they'll have their hands in your pockets very quickly.

It's a great place and you can tell it's oozing with history, but sadly the pressures of poverty combined with the influx of tourism have made this place somewhere you have to be aware of, *beware* of and be wary of all at once.

Visited April 2013
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“Must see once - especially at night”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

This square is bustling with snake charmers and vendors by day, but in the evening the night market takes over with all kinds of food. The only commonality between day and night are the numerous orange juice vendors - and it really is good OJ! At night there are even a row of stalls serving up cooked snails to the hungry masses. It seems people are a bit more liberal at night, as there were fewer jalabas, more PDA, dress codes a bit looser. Wander around and then have dinner at one of the many outdoors restaurants on the second or third floors of the surrounding buildings - the square is great evening entertainment! Taxi's are easy to find a block away, with no wait. The experience can be a bit intense, but is definitely worth it.

Visited April 2013
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