Marrakech Markets: A Simple Guide

Fatima O.

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The Markets of Marrakech are located in the city’s heart, within the medina, and are an essential part of what makes Marrakech so unique. 

This labyrinth of marketplaces stretches out from the central square of Jemaa el-Fnaa, a famous landmark known for its bustling atmosphere and cover a vast area that is teeming with life and activity from dawn until dusk. 

Where to find the markets of Marrakech

To truly experience the Souks (markets), start your journey at Jemaa el-Fnaa. From there, you can dive into the myriad of narrow alleyways that branch out in all directions. 

Marrakech Jama El Fena market
Jamaa El Fena Market at night

These alleys are filled with shops and stalls selling everything from traditional Moroccan crafts, such as lanterns, rugs, and pottery, to spices, leather goods, and clothing.

As you wander through the Souks, you’ll notice that they are organized by trade. There are areas dedicated to specific goods: the Souk des Bijoutiers for jewelry, Souk Smata for shoes, and Souk Cherratine for leather, and many more.

Moroccan lamps sold in marrakech markets
Moroccan colorful lamps

This Market structure dates back to medieval times and allows for an organized experience in each craft’s artistry and tradition.

These are a few of the popular Market sections: 

Souk Semmarine: This is like the main street of the market world. You’ll find everything from clothes to crafts. It’s a great place to start your journey.

Souk El Attarine: This one’s all about smells, offering perfumes and spices that can take you on a sensory journey.

Souk Cheratin: If you’re after leather, this is the place. Bags, belts, and more, made right in front of you.

Souk Heddadin: This market is where the blacksmiths are. Here, metal turns into beautiful lamps and tools.

Souk Zrabi: Looking for a Moroccan rug? This is where you’ll find those famous carpets.

Souk Sebbaghin: This souk is where cloth gets its color, filled with dyes that transform fabric into vibrant artworks.

This is a map of the different market sections.

Navigating the Souks can be overwhelming due to their maze-like structure, so it’s a good idea to take your time and perhaps even get a local guide who can provide insights into the history and culture of the marketplaces. 

Don’t be afraid to get lost, it’s part of the adventure. The Souks are a place where all your senses will be engaged, and you’ll have the opportunity to interact with local artisans and traders, experiencing firsthand the warmth and hospitality Morocco is known for.

At first, the sheer variety of items on sale might feel a bit much. But the true charm lies further inside, where artisans craft the items right in their shops.

Moroccan artisanal lightshades sold in Marrakech market
Moroccan pendant light shades

As you explore deeper into these markets, you’ll have the opportunity to find unique products,  negotiate better deals and even request custom made items.

But it’s important to appreciate the work of the artisans. Always make sure to ask before taking photos, and if possible, support them by purchasing their products. It’s a great way to show appreciation and help sustain their craft.

Getting lost is a part of the Market experience

Getting lost in the narrow streets is part of the Marrakech market experience. It’s your chance to let the city show itself to you, one surprise at a time. 

Every time I visit, I discover something new like a hidden spot or a detail I hadn’t noticed before.

The key is to dive into the adventure, knowing that every path has an end, leading you out of the market or to a new discovery.

What to buy in Marrakech Markets?

In the bustling heart of Marrakech, the markets (souks) offer a treasure trove of items. Here’s a curated list of items to consider buying when you visit the markets of Marrakech:

Rugs and Carpets: Moroccan rugs, known for their vibrant colors and intricate designs, are a must-buy. Each piece tells a story, woven by skilled women artisans from various regions, including the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara. Amazigh rugs, in particular, are highly sought after for their unique patterns.

Moroccan leather goods for sale in the market (souq)
Handmade Moroccan leather goods

Leather Goods: Marrakech is famous for its leather products, made from high-quality leather tanned using traditional methods in the old tanneries. Look for bags, belts, poufs, jackets, and slippers in various designs and colors.

Lanterns and Lamps: Moroccan lanterns, crafted from metals like brass, copper, and wrought iron, often adorned with colored glass, add a magical touch to any space. Their intricate patterns cast beautiful shadows, creating a warm, inviting atmosphere.

Moroccan spices sold in souks in marrakech
Moroccan spices and herbs

Spices: The markets are a haven for food lovers, offering a wide range of Moroccan spices that are essential to Moroccan cuisine. Saffron, cumin, ras el hanout, paprika, and cinnamon are just a few examples. Fresh, fragrant, and flavorful, these spices will elevate your cooking back home.

Argan Oil: Native to Morocco, Argan oil is known for its nutritional, medicinal, and cosmetic benefits. It’s used for cooking and as a natural remedy for skin and hair care. Make sure you buy pure Argan oil, ideally from a local cooperative.

moroccan ceramic products in marrakech
Moroccan ceramics & pottery products

Ceramics and Pottery: Moroccan ceramics, with their beautiful geometric patterns and vibrant colors, are perfect for adding a touch of Morocco to your home. Plates, bowls, mugs, and Tagines are not only decorative but also functional.

Jewelry: Traditional Moroccan jewelry is known for its intricate designs and craftsmanship. Silver is particularly popular, often combined with gemstones, beads, and enamel work. Each piece reflects the rich cultural heritage of Morocco.


It’s the Souks (Markets) of Marrakech. It’s a huge maze of shops right in the old part of the city, near Jemaa el-Fna square. You’ll find everything there – it’s like the heartbeat of the market scene in Marrakech.

While Marrakech gets a lot of the spotlight with its souks, don’t forget about the Fez Old Medina. It’s also massive and packed with history and so many goods.

For sure! Marrakech is awesome for shopping. Whether you’re after traditional stuff like rugs and pottery or some cool spices and jewelry, you will find them in Marrakech.

About Fatima O.

Fatima, born and raised along the foothills of the Atlas mountains, in the heartland of the indigenous Amazigh peoples. She loves Moroccan tea and travel. Now, she travels and writes about the beauty of her homeland.

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