Shopping is the main attraction in dynamic Marrakech, with many of the best places being hidden inside the maze of alleyways that comprise the city’s markets. Wandering the souks, you’ll encounter colors, smells and sounds that delight and a seemingly endless stream of wares for purchase. Lanterns, ceramics, kaftans, spices, bags and silver trinkets spill out from the shops and into the busy streets.

    Haggle for the best prices with market vendors or shop for seriously valuable rugs and antiques in specialty stores. The best way to shop in the red city is to wander according to your whims, but this list of 10 spots will help you get started.


    Souk Semmarine

    The heart of the souk labyrinth

    Souk Semmarine is the busy central souk of the Marrakech Medina. Pass through the distinctive stone archway into wide, covered streets where shops sell everything from textiles and antique furniture to hand-painted ceramics. Spend hours exploring colorful handicrafts, snacking on street food and wandering off into the surrounding souks.

    Many of the shops here sell traditional clothing and textiles made of high-quality fabrics, such as kaftans and babouches slippers. This is also a great place to purchase a tagine, the traditional clay cooking pot used to prepare the popular dish of the same name, with many sizes and unique designs available.

    Location: Souk Semmarine, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9 pm


    Jemaa el-Fna Square

    Discover the magic of the city’s historic square

    Located in the heart of the Medina, Jemaa el-Fna is one of the most storied markets in the world. A sprawling public square packed with entertainers and vendors selling food and handicrafts, it has been the center of activity in Marrakech for hundreds of years.

    As you explore the market, fortune tellers and henna artists offer their services while snake charmers and monkey trainers weave through the crowds. In the evenings, the square transforms into a vibrant, lantern-lit spectacle. The delicious smells of smoked kafta skewers and sfenj doughnuts waft through the air as musicians perform the hypnotic rhythms of traditional Gnawa music.


    M Avenue

    High-end shopping in New Town

    M Avenue is a luxury shopping destination in the modern Gueliz district. An entirely different world from the chaotic, colorful Medina, this spacious pedestrian-only street houses high-end boutiques. Take a stroll through the quiet square and browse a variety of clothing, accessories, jewelry and beauty items from brand-name sellers.

    Take a break from shopping to have an espresso at one of the avenue’s sleek cafes or dine at Toro Toro, a popular pan-Latin steakhouse with a mouth-watering menu of smoky dishes.

    Location: 2 Av. de la Ménara, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 12 am

    Phone: +212 662 364 203


    Souk el Attarine

    Stock up on spices to recreate your favorite Moroccan dishes

    Branching off from Souk Semmarine in the Medina you’ll find Souk el Attarine, the vibrant souk of spices. The streets here are lined with paper bags filled with cone-shaped mounds of fragrant cumin, precious saffron and the popular North African spice blend ras el hanout. You’ll also find a wide array of herbs, essential oils and teas packed in jars lining floor-to-ceiling shelves.

    This souk also has many shops selling metalwork, from the copper and brass lanterns seen all around the Medina to decorative silver trays, candlesticks and balance scales. You’ll also find exquisite tea sets made of silver, brass and colored glass.


    Souk el Kebir

    Where the leather artisans set up shop

    Souk el Kebir and the neighboring Souk Cherratin are where you’ll find the largest concentration of leather goods in Marrakech. One of the smaller souks surrounding central Souk Semmarine, Souk el Kebir is where leather artisans fill storefronts with bags, belts and billfolds.

    If you’re in the market for a pair of Moroccan babouches slippers, this is the spot to shop. Babouches are offered in a wide range of colors with patterned cuts and stitching to create hundreds of unique designs, all at a fraction of what you’d pay in Europe and North America.


    Place des Ferblantiers

    Home to the marvelous metalworkers of Marrakech

    Entering Place des Ferblantiers, you’re greeted by the rhythmic din of hammer-on-metal. This small square on the edge of the old Jewish Quarter is where you’ll find the city’s metalworkers. The intricate work of these artisans includes lanterns, trays, mirrors and incense burners made of silver and copper.

    Just a 15-minute walk south of Jemaa el-Fna, Place des Ferblantiers is often overlooked by tourists. This is a great spot to get your feet wet before plunging into the central markets, as sellers are more relaxed and many mail fixed prices for those who prefer not to haggle. Shop for a shiny souvenir or relax with a cup of mint tea in one of the square’s outdoor cafes.

    Location: Place des Ferblantiers, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco


    Creiee Berbere

    Kaleidoscopic woven wonders in the carpet souk

    Creiee Berbere is the carpet souk, specializing in traditional textile crafts. Find the entrance at the north end of Rahba Kedima, an archway marked with a sign that reads Le Souk Principal de Tapis. A busy market with Berber women selling their crafts, alongside the infamous Moroccan rugs you’ll find Berber tunics and embroidered wool hats.

    Moroccan rugs can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months to produce, so each one is an investment. Whether you’re looking for high-pile or low-pile, soft pastels or bold, contrasting tones, you’re sure to find a unique rug in the carpet souk.


    Les Nomades de Marrakech

    Unparalleled quality and customer service at this family-owned shop

    If you need guidance on your quest for a Moroccan carpet, look no further than Les Nomades de Marrakech. A fifth-generation family operation, Les Nomades are experts in top-quality carpets. Their products are fabricated using time-tested Berber techniques and materials, and designs range from classic to contemporary to custom. They also offer a selection of one-of-a-kind vintage carpets, and all purchases can be shipped internationally.

    The patient staff selects pieces to suit your preferences from the shop’s vast collection, and they allow you ample time to deliberate. With carpets of all colors, sizes and designs, this is a great place to select a beautiful carpet that will last a lifetime.

    Location: Bennahid N°40 Marrakesh, Derb Zaouiat Lahdar, Marrakesh, Morocco

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +212 661 344 162


    Menara Mall

    Shop, play, and dine at this modern mall outside the city centre

    Menara Mall is a modern shopping mall located outside of the Medina. The mall features a variety of local and international retailers selling clothing, shoes, cosmetics and electronics. Visit the souk-style wing, which is reserved for Moroccan traditional crafts.

    Families will enjoy this shopping spot, as the top floor is home to a game center and arcade with a miniature carousel. The mall’s varied dining options offer something for everyone, and the wide terrace is a popular place to lunch on pizza and pasta on sunny afternoons.

    Location: Bd Mohamed VI, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +212 524 351 050


    El Abidi Nasser Eddine

    Where fine antiques and jewelry await discerning collectors

    One of Marrakech’s best-kept secrets, El Abidi Nasser Eddine is an upmarket antique and jewelry shop with a rather exclusive clientele. The owners source highly valuable antiques and objets d’art, making for a collection of 1-of-a-kind items. The jewelry offerings include dramatic gold bangles, antique Berber necklaces and silver rings studded with semi-precious gemstones.

    You won’t find a bargain in this carefully curated selection. Rumored to have clients among the rich and famous, El Abidi Nasser Eddine is a place to search for treasure.

    Location: 9 Derb Semmarine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 8.30 pm

    Phone: +212 524 391 015


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