The Markets of Marrakech: a Traditional Legacy

The Markets of Marrakech: a Traditional Legacy

A mixture between horse carriages, and Moroccan heritage music. We are at the traditional “Souk” of Marrakech, located near to the famous Jemaa El Fna Square.

SOUK, by history

The word “souk” refers to the open-air markets that locals depend on for their basic goods. In the past, each region had its own market that was held once a week or a month. But the daily souks of Marrakesh have become a part of the city’s identity.

In the past, this markets were a gathering point for caravans heading towards Timbuktu. So inside the souk, you can see a number of segments, such as: the iron workers markets (Al-Haddadeen), the carpenters’ market (Al-Najareen), the tanning market (Al-Dabagheen), the weavers’ market (Al-Shawari), and the market of Al-Shukiriya specialized in selling bags, as well as the Samata market for traditional Moroccan slippers.

An inside tour

The entire heritage of Morocco is present inside the shops scattered among the Marrakech’s souk, all kinds of Moroccan blankets, rugs and pillows are displayed. In addition to various wood, pottery, and spice industries, and even popular restaurants.

Millions of tourists make this market a destination, to get a wonderful collection of nice Moroccan souvenirs, from “Tagines” to soup bowls. And other accessories, which are a great addition to your kitchen.

Without a doubt, the leather industry has a strong presence in the market. Especially purses, belts, bags and the famous Moroccan slippers (babouche).

No matter when you wake up in Marrakech, you will always find many sellers in the market waiting for you at any time. Marrakech is the original market city and contains many craftsmen who have been making many wonders for centuries.