Souks of Marrakech
Market in Marrakesh
The souks, or markets, of Marrakech are a must-see for anyone visiting the city. These bustling, vibrant markets are a true reflection of Moroccan culture and offer a unique and authentic shopping experience.
There are a number of different souks located throughout the city, each with its own specialty. Historically, all souks were divided and laid out according to the separate commodities being made and sold. The Souk Semmarine is known for its textiles and fabrics, while the Souk des Bijoutiers is the place to go for jewellery. The Souk des Teinturiers, or dye market, is home to a range of colorful fabrics and textiles, and the Souk des Tisserands, or weavers market, is the place to find traditional Moroccan rugs and carpets.
In addition to shopping, the souks are also a great place to simply wander and take in the sights and sounds of Moroccan life. The markets are bustling and vibrant, and they offer a truly authentic Moroccan experience. Whether you’re looking to shop for traditional Moroccan goods or just want to explore and take in the sights and sounds of the city, the souks of Marrakech are a must-see destination.
Bargaining and haggling in the Souks of Marrakech
In Marrakech it is typical to bargain and haggle in any shop or food stand. However, the focal point of all bargaining and haggling happens in Marrakech’s souks. Visitors should never pay more than one third of the asking price and this applies to all stands.
The best time to visit the souks is early in the morning, since in the afternoon the stands will close gradually and you will not be able to appreciate the souks in all their glory.
Visiting Souks of Marrakech
Around 9am to 9pm, the best time to visit is in the cool of the morning, or in the evening