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The Medina's Second Square
If the Djemaa al Fna is the epicenter of Marrakech, the Rahba Lakdima—otherwise known as the Place des Épices, or Spice Traders Square—is surely the epicenter of the medina itself. Bursting with a rambunctious energy and high-voltage color, it is lined on one side by mysterious herbalists and spice traders selling everything from snakeskins to rose petals to ras el hanout (the famous Moroccan spice blend), and carpet sellers on the other. Venture to the latter’s lair around 4 p.m. when sellers come down from the mountain villages, and you’ll be treated to the spectacle of them plying their trade with the professionals. And in the middle, heaps of woven baskets and woolen skullcaps are piled high. There’s no better place to sit and watch this daily theater unfold than at the Café des Epices, the first of several that have now opened there, but still our favorite for excellent coffee, fresh salads, sandwiches, and tagines.
By Tara Stevens, AFAR Local Expert
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I'm a cook and I love the spice markets. This is what I brought back as gifts. The smells and colors are heady. The Moroccan Cumin is the best in the world, and I brought back a large bag full!
75 Derb Rahba Lakdima, Marrakesh Medina 40000, Morocco
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