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Review of Herboriste Des Amis

Herboriste Des Amis
Ranked #26 of 113 Shopping in Marrakech
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London, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Total Scammers!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

We came across this shop because we had a local who was suppose to be showing us the direction of the restaurants to have lunch at, but somehow managed to convince us to have a look in his brother's spice shop on the way.
We thought alright why not, we are in Morocco and they are well known for these shops, so it would be quite nice to go in and have a look around.
I have to admit the shop is gorgeously set out, is very attractive and colourful. The shop assistant was extremely knowledgable about each product, but when it came to the end I felt a lot of pressure to buy something and there wasn't anything that my partner or I really wanted. As soon as he sensed we weren't buying anything his whole persona changed and he was quite snappy and rude.
I would only recommend going in here if you knew you were going to buy a product, otherwise don't bother as it ends up being extremely awkward at the end... so much for window shopping!

Also I saw someone else in their review warn about a scam. This also happened to us. It was our first day in Marrakech and we decided to walk from our Riad to the Souks (markets). On our way there a local approached us and said the markets were closed, but there was a place nearby he could show us. They took us to a tannery and we weren't interested in that and that's when we asked to be pointed in the direction of a restaurant. He insisted we follow him and that's where he led us to this spice shop and then a restaurant. As we sat down at the restaurant he and another man demanded we pay them 500dirham each for their help. Obviously we didn't give them that much after a heated debate... they left us alone after we gave them 100dirham.
So just be aware of locals offering to help you with directions, even when they say they aren't after any payment they are fully lying. And when offering to help you they are quite persistent, so make sure you stand your ground and say no!

Visited August 2013
3 Thank Lisa P
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Bogota, Colombia
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Worth it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

The guy's name was Zouhair, he showed us every single apice and herb he had an he was very nice to us. My father had a sort of a rash and he gave him a kind of lotion that helped him feel better.

The store was full of colours and different smells. Jars of all sizes and on the outside it had all sorts of cans with beautiful spices.

You should really stop here on your way to gettin to know Marrakech!

Visited June 2013
2 Thank Juan Pablo E
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“Attention to the bill”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

The shop have a lot of spice choices they are very nice and frindly but when it cimes to the bill some products cost really too much they try to distract to by trying many things and you dont pay attention to what they really are billing you!

3 Thank gio8428
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3 attraction reviews
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“Watch Out for Scam”
1 of 5 bubbles 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
5 Thank RachelHum
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Plano, Texas
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44 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Cozy little shop full of lovlieness to smell!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Thank Jamie H
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