When people travel they want to experience as much of the local culture as they possibly can. One thing many people hope to see when they visit Morocco are the amazing street markets, or souks as they are known, that seem to sell almost anything and everything. Not all street markets are created equal though, and these are the best to visit in Morocco.
Bab El Khemis
On Thursdays you should try to make it to Bab El Khemis as there is a flea market held here. It seems as though anything goes when you visit this market in Marrakesh. Organization goes out the window, and anyone wishing to sell something uses whatever space they can find. It can mean the market seems hectic, but that’s all part of its charm. You can expect to find just about anything at this market, from plastic garden chairs to brass door knockers, and even kitchen sinks. There is also a lively atmosphere as carpenters are hard at work, and musicians play to keep everyone in good spirits.
If you were to picture a market in Morocco, you would probably imagine at least one vendor selling some form of fabric. One of the best fabric markets in all of Marrakesh is Mella, which is found in the old Jewish quarter of the medina. You can find plenty of other goods on sale here too, but most people come for the extensive collection of colorful fabrics. The stores here are old, and you can tell they have a lot of history as you make your way through this Moroccan market.
One of the most-visited tourist attractions in the city of Marrakesh is Djemaa el-Fna, and once you arrive, it’s clear to see why. The market is huge, and Djemaa el-Fna was once the market hub of the city’s oldtown. You won’t go hungry in Djemaa el-Fna as there is food being served almost everywhere you look. You can try local dishes like kebabs or tajines, or try something a little different like snails or pastries. One thing the market is well-known for is the orange juice that is praised by pretty much everyone who tastes it.
One of the most captivating things about walking around a market in Morocco is seeing the artisan craftspeople doing their thing. They seem to have been making things for years, and if you didn’t know any better, you could swear they would be able to make the same stuff without looking. Finding people hard at work in a market can be a struggle though, because there is so much other stuff happening. If you want to check out the people making stuff, then Ensemble Artisanal is the place for you. It’s a government-backed scheme where top artists are picked to teach their young apprentices. Goods here are sold at a cheaper rate than other markets, and shoppers can buy items ranging from musical instruments to pottery.
Morocco has many markets that you must see when you visit, but these are the ones we think you will love the most.