The first time we visited the souk (I wrote about it here), we had friends with us to show us the ropes. This trip( part 1 here, part 2 here) we went it alone. Id be lying if I said shopping the souk wasn't a daunting task (am I really saying shopping is daunting?) for someone who isn't really into the bargaining angle.
However, with a little practise I found I became rather good at it. And dare I say I actually came to enjoy it.
My first tip is to get out to the souk early in the day and miss both the crowds and the heat. Plus we found it helps to be the first customer of the day.
Secondly, fuel up with a coffee or mint tea - Cafe des'epic is in a great spot central to the souk and great for people watching. Plus they have a wonderful roof terrace which is great for a different vantage point of the souk
Be friendly to stall owners and ask permission and they'll let you photograph to your hearts content. They are even more willing to oblige if you buy something. But there are around 10% who are absolutely not willing to let you take your shot, so best to use your judgement.
I always pick up tea and dried rose buds when we visit. The rose buds are great for decorating with and displaying in glass jars. When bargaining I typically aim to pay around 30/40 % of the price initially asked. Don't be afraid to barter. Its is totally expected, so leave the English sensibility at home
If you are unsure what some of the weird and wonderful items are, just ask. The stall owners are only too happy to demonstrate
I personally always try to be as covered as possible when visiting the souk in respect of the culture. A pashmina and maxi dress go a long way...
Always have your camera to hand. You never know when you'll find the perfect photo opp, and in a place like Marrakech the opportunity's are in abundance
And my final tip, use your imagination. There are so many unique and wonderful things for sale. Try and imagine ways you'd use them and incorporate into your home. You have a real opportunity to come away with fabulous unique items so take inspiration from the cafes/ shops and hotels in the area.
I tried to find alternatives to the dress im wearing as its now sold out, but was originally from Zara
On this trip, I picked up this beautiful antique brass serving tray, and also the bag i'm wearing. I also like to stock up on Moroccan style glasses in various colours and teapots.
I really hope these tips are helpful!? If you have any to share id love to hear about them in the comments for my next trip :)
A Travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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