A hypnotic, mesmerizing and intoxicating labyrinth of metalwork, woodwork, rugs, leather, spices and more. That’s how I describe the souks in Marrakech, Morocco.
And this exotic marketplace of shops and stalls was one of my favorite places in Marrakech.
We spent a sunny afternoon perusing the colorful stalls, each with its own unique finds, and many with craftsmen in the back creating goods.
My favorite vendor was Mohamed, and I purchased three of his bags. If you go to the souks, LOOK HIM UP! You won’t be disappointed.
Mohamed’s business card
When I walked in Mohamed was in the back working on a bag, but he greeted me and let me peruse at my own speed. In a place where many of the merchants can be aggressive, this was a welcome approach.
I fell in love with this yellow suede bag, so much so I bought it in gray, too. And the navy blue with fringes? Yes, please!
I walked back to my riad completely pleased with my finds (and wishing I had budgeted for more bags).
Here are tips for getting the most from your Marrakech shopping excursion:
- Embrace the overstimulation of color, crafts and beauty. It is A LOT, and it is beautiful. The best thing is to relax, browse and then decide what you truly want/need.
- Don’t get sucked in to the trap of buying the first thing you see, because you may see something a few stalls down that you like better.
- If time permits, walk through and then decide what you will buy. I walked through and then purchased as I made my way back through the souks.
- Don’t be intimidated by shop owners. Some are pretty aggressive and may try to guilt you to buy from them. Don’t give in to the pressure.
- Haggling is a part of the culture, which can work to your advantage. Decide what you’re willing to pay, and don’t be afraid to compare pricing.