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Shop Till You Drop
Traveling is incomplete if you haven’t dropped from all the shopping. And Marrakech, with its ever sprightly lanes, are here to give you just the experience. Shopping in Marrakech is on the to-do list of many travelers. However, where to shop in Marrakech is a challenge, considering the many options available.
If you are adept in your bargaining skills, then without hesitation head to the souks. The perfectionist craftsmen have worked their magic in the old town since centuries and still continue to do so. The two main souks dedicated to leather work are Souq el-Kebit and Souq Semmarine. They now, however, also sell other things especially trinkets. The prices are generally quoted high but cheaper options are also available in the enclosed markets further up North. Rahba Kehdima is famous for its multi-colored stalls selling a variety of spices. Once known mostly for its slave trade, the Creiee Berbere is now the carpet souk.
Souq Cherifa, a mini market off the road from Rue du Mouassine, is where you will find younger Moroccan designers selling beautiful embroidered linens and towels. This place indeed has superior workmanship than what is seen in the central souks. Take, for example, the embroidered leather bags sold in Lalla, towels, and linens of La Maison Bahira, Erebya’s stunning silk abayas, and Berber beanies from Ipanema.
There are dedicated stores too like Mustapha Blaoui for marvelous furniture and ornate items. The store is located in Rue Bab Doukkala, Medina, with its vast rooms filled with lamps, snugly rugs, glassware, and antiquities from almost everywhere in North Africa. A cherry on the top is their liberal shipping policy which will make sure that you buy something that’ll adorn your living space back home.
33 Rue Majorelle
33 Rue Majorelle is a showroom based on the concept of ‘fashion-forward’ in Ville Nouvelle selling some of the most beautiful shoes, intricate pieces of jewelry and other accessories from the top designers of Morocco. You cannot leave without buying a Panama hat by Andre Le Chapelier and Moroccan wines and authentic olive oil. You can also add some really stylish and chic ceramics to your long list of items.
The Soufiane brothers have been in the trade of carpets for over three generations and know exactly what a buyer is looking for. Located in Rahba Kehdima, Medina, Soufiane stands out from the crowd of rest of the carpet dealers. They not just source and put on retail the best Berber Beni Ouirain rugs but also make to order.
A new breed of Medina designers like Nyora Nemiche of French-Algerian origin has taken up the market of mixing the customary crafts with a sophisticated style.
The Pop-up shop at the Medina is here to give you exactly that. The small shop is located inside the Le Jardin restaurant and sells a modish variety of cotton and silk abayas and kaftans. This is not an ordinary store around the corner but a place where celebrities like Sharon Stone and Monica Bellucci have paid a visit. Make your shopping complete by accessorizing with her faux-lizard wallets and clutches and velvet leather bags.
Miloud el Joulis
Shopping in Marrakech is incomplete without the mention of its famous brass lamps. They are sold all over Marrakech but one can find one of the most beautiful collection at Miloud el Joulis. The glittering store sells everything from small cardholders to multistory chandeliers and globes with calligraphic designs.