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“Cheaper (and less pushy) than the souks!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Mellah

Mellah
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$81.90*
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Evening Food Tour in Marrakech
Ranked #34 of 159 things to do in Marrakech
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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.
Provo, Utah, United States
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“Cheaper (and less pushy) than the souks!”
Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

In Marrakech it's a must to visit the souks....but if you are looking to purchase something chances are you can get it much cheaper.

The Jewish district is just the place to find all the souvenirs you need but at prices much lower.

The Jewish market is wonderful. The spice shops are very entertaining. The shop keepers are pharmacists, sales people, and entertainers. You'll be invited in for a cup of Berber tea and then they'll explain (an most likely sample) a few of the items that they sell.

The spices are fresh, fragrant, and inexpensive.

Very warm, welcoming, and helpful people just like throughout morocco.

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“Old Jew Quarter”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

this is right next to the Bahia palace and you can actually see Hebrew writing on many of the buildings. There is the spice market and now several chic little restaurants.

Visited December 2012
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New York City, New York
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“From B.C. to 1492 to Now”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

in the Mellah, the old Jewish quarter, down a lane near the Bahia Palace, in an inconspicuous doorway we found the Lazama synagogue. We learned that Marrakech has welcomed Jews from the time of the Phoenicians -- and especially when they were expelled from Spain in 1492. This synagogue seems to date from that time and remains in regular use. We were told that few Jews live near there any more but come from the new city to worship. The sanctuary is well-lit and nicely though not elaboratelly furnished. We were struck by the blue and white tile work adorning the door and the outside pillars. Staring at the pattern, a surprise emerged: six-pointed Stars of David.

Visited January 2013
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“The unseen part of Marakech”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

The spice market if you go on the right day is amazing. It only happens on a Friday, the day before the Jewish sabbath. Beware of the Faux Guides- you don't need their help and they're con artists, just walk on an ignore them. They are useful for finding the Synagogue, but not reliable.

Visited December 2012
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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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“Best Place to buy your Herbs and Spices”
Reviewed December 25, 2012

The other reviews have described why it's well worth a visit to La Mellah. Here's another good reason. A trip to Marrakesh isn't complete without buying some spices, natural remedies or the very popular argan oil. These can be found all over Marrakesh, but the best place to buy them is in La Mellah the Jewish Quarter. They buy direct from the Berbers who come down from the Atlas mountains once per week and auction of the spices etc. Your not only get the best prices, everything has a set price here, so you can look and see how much they cost before purchasing, unlike the souks in central old town who come and buy wholesale here and then add their bit on and charge what they can get away with.

The street with the spice shops in, can be tricky to find we got some luck on this from the lad who's dad own's the rug shop right next door to the Bahia Palace, the shop is directly left of the palace. After walking through what felt like a trip back to biblical times, we came to the street with spice shops running the whole length of the street. We shopped at number 150 run buy a lad called Mossafa another family run business with a welcoming no hard sale attitude, in fact refreshingly the complete opposite to the souks.

Visited December 2012
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