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84,, Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
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The Medina Souk at night Ouarzazate  Morocco
Lantern utopia  Ouarzazate  Morocco
The dark of the medina Ouarzazate  Morocco
Making lamps Ouarzazate  Morocco
Another beautiful door. Ouarzazate  Morocco
Delivering the goods. Ouarzazate  Morocco
Door covered in dirt. Ouarzazate  Morocco
The Medina Souk at night Ouarzazate  Morocco
Lantern utopia  Ouarzazate  Morocco
The dark of the medina Ouarzazate  Morocco
Making lamps Ouarzazate  Morocco
Another beautiful door. Ouarzazate  Morocco
Delivering the goods. Ouarzazate  Morocco
Door covered in dirt. Ouarzazate  Morocco

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Mon - Sat 11:30am - 10:30pm

The Medina Souk at night

While in Marrakech, we stayed near the medina (old town square) and frequented the souk (market) for new and delicious experiences at all hours.

During the day you'll find 20 or more vendors selling hand-squeezed orange juice for 10 cents a glass, women painting hands with henna, men snake charming, and much more. The market depends on tourists but it's charming none the less.

When night comes, the bustle truly begins though and the crowd seemed a better mix of locals and visitors. At nightfall men pulled carts into the square, started generators and assembled the labyrinth of stalls. Stands selling strange meals (sheep's brain, goats head and the like), mounds of dried fruit, vats of escargot, and silver pots of mint julep tea popped up everywhere within the hour. Most of all, I loved peeking around the checkerboards of dates, figs, apricots after dinner.

If you visit this market make sure to bargain for a better price and shop around. Always agree on a price before anything is exchanged. If a monkey jumps on your shoulder or a woman paints a flower on your hand- it's going to cost you even if they say it's free. Browse before picking a place to eat, go where the locals are and don't sit down until you've decided.

*Make friends with an orange juice vendor and be a loyal customer- we always went to stall 16 and after a week they knew our names, took us to a club, pointed us to the best food, and were so helpful.

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AFAR Staff
8 months ago

Lantern utopia

It’s hard to not want to purchase all the beautiful lanterns you come across in the souks of Marrakech.
AFAR Local Expert
over 4 years ago

The dark of the medina

At night, the narrow streets of the Marrakesh medina are dimly lit by old street lamps. The low light made it that much more challenging to find our way back to our riad but I just loved how everything took on an intense burnt amber glow and how the shadows actually highlighted the tile design of the arches.
over 4 years ago

Door covered in dirt.

The doors in the medina open to private worlds, and each has its own personality. This one needs a bath. The little streets are narrow and dirt covered, which isn't helped by the use of donkeys for transportation. They kick up dirt and make, er, dirt.
over 4 years ago

Delivering the goods.

Delivering the goods around the Medina in Marrakesh
over 4 years ago

Another beautiful door.

I must have photographed at least a dozen doors in the medina. They are each unique, and hide the private worlds of the locals, many of which do live and work in the medina, again.

The last 10-15 years showed a renewed interest in the medina, as foreigners, mostly Europeans, bought up the old riads and turned them into small boutique hotels or private residences. This brought the locals back as well.

over 4 years ago

Making lamps

Each lamp design is punched by hand through the brass. The soft, dappled light they make is magical and romantic! There is a whole area just devoted to metal work. One street for pots, one for lamps, etc.