Marrakech Shopping and Districts
The city of Marrakech really is a Moroccan shopping paradise and is brimming with shops and markets (souks), such as the Souk El Atarin and the Souk El Kebir, which sell an array of local handicrafts. Marrakech is well known for its accomplished artisans and those shopping for souvenirs will find everything from wooden trinkets and leather bags, to silver jewellery, brass ornaments and exquisite embroidered Moroccan rugs.
However, Marrakech is also filled with cheap souvenirs of a fairly poor quality, and so you should always shop around and examine your goods carefully before purchasing. When you are shopping, don't be afraid to ask for a discount if you feel that your chosen item is a little overpriced.
Where to Shop
The Ensemble Artisanal on the Avenue Mohammed V is a good place to start your shopping adventure in Marrakech, since this shop is run by the local government and offers excellent value for money. There are also a number of further craft shops spread along the street.
For many tourists, the epitome of shopping in Marrakech is characterised by the city's souks (souqs), which are amongst the very best that Morocco
has to offer. These lively, colourful markets lie on the northern side of the Djemaa El Fna and near to the Ben Youssef mosque, with the Souk Smarine serving as the main artery. Vendors will expect you to haggle of the price, so don't be afraid to bargain.