Marrakech is becoming a hot spot on the world’s must-see lists. For many, the beauty of the city which has a long and rick history full of local tradition and culture has made Marrakech a city not to be missed. One of the greatest attractions in Marrakech is its shopping scene. The traditional souqs (markets) have enthralled visitors for many years now, and offer an excellent way to slip into the local way of life and its fascinating culture.
Shopping for Traditional Wares
Shopping for traditional Moroccan handicrafts and produce is some of the best shopping to be had in Marrakech, as it leads you into the maze of lanes and alleys filled with stores that give off that wonderful old-world charm. For the best range of Moroccan carpets, lamps and jewellery, head straight to the souqs in the old quarter of Morocco.
Boutique Lac Iriqi
Many visitors come to Marrakech with one thing on their minds – carpets. Moroccan carpets are highly sought-after, and a good quality Moroccan carpet is an ideal souvenir to remember your time in Marrakech. Ask any of the locals, and they will all point you in the direction of one store to purchase a stunning carpet – Boutique Lac Iriqi. This boutique store sells top-quality Berber carpets, as well as some lovely ceramic items and Moroccan silverware. Boutique Lac Iriqi is found on the Avenue Mohammed V. This road is also a popular place for tourists to stay, so it may be a good idea to find a Marrakech hotel near this shop, giving you easy access to the shopping delights of this area.
Morocco’s leather makers are some of the best in the world, producing exquisite leather goods. Souq Cherratin is perhaps the best place to track down some of the best leather goods on offer in the city. Souq Cherratin can be with stores. The leather products include stylish belts, shoes and handbags. Prices here are very reasonable for the quality on offer.
Whilst shopping in Marrakech’s enchanting marketplaces is a highlight for many visitors, the energy of these places can at times get a little too much. If you want to find some great local items without having to enter into a battle with market vendors for a lower price, then take yourself to Ensemble Artisanal.
Ensemble Artisanal is like a shopping centre entirely filled with shops offering local Moroccan items. The atmosphere is still decidedly local, but visitors can enjoy set prices, and can shop without for lamps, jewellery and other traditional wares in a calmer environment to the outside souqs. To get to Ensemble Artisanal simply get a taxi and tell the driver to take you there. This place is very well known by taxi drivers, so it should be no problem.
Shopping for Western Items
For those looking to enjoy browsing through western retailers, then Marrakech can offer you some good opportunities as well. A number of beautiful shops offer western brand names, especially in the Gueliz area of town.
Gueliz is a downtown area in Marrakech that is home to a number of boutiques selling western fashion and labels. The area is quite upmarket, so shopping here may not necessarily be the cheapest. However, shopping amongst the eclectic mix of colonial, French, and traditional Moroccan architecture is an experience not to be missed.
Marjane is a hypermarket that is particularly well known in Marrakech. It sells all forms of western items including Western food items and electrical goods. The Marjane hypermarket is air-conditioned and very popular with locals. Whilst it is perhaps not the most traditional of shopping experiences, it is a good place to go for good deals on western and modern appliances.
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