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30 January 2014
So you’ve arrived in Marrakech, the symbolic city of Morocco and you’ve brought along a fortune of cash to spend on local souvenirs, gifts, ornaments, clothes and all sorts of different products. There are plenty of different shops to explore in the vast hustle and bustle of the city so you don’t want to leave any stone unturned. From local products to tattoo parlours, you’ll be sure to find a wide range of wonderful things to invest your spending money in. If you’re wondering where to start spending, take a look at the following popular items to spend your money on in Marrakech.
A lot of the clothes and shoes on offer on the city streets and market stalls are hand-made to perfection with all sorts of different fabrics. If you want to fit in with the local crowd, invest in the traditional clothing. The best part is that there are no two outfits that are the same, with a range of different patterns and colours on offer. The “Jalaba” robe is the traditional dress and you’ll be sure to find them at the clothing stalls. They are worn by both men and women and are sold at a reasonably cheap price, so this is definitely the place to start!
The sellers know what the tourists are after, which is why the owners of stalls that sell traditional souvenirs are expert businessmen/women. You’ll find hand carved ornaments of wonderful craftsmanship here alongside pottery and other handmade gifts. Just make sure you are prepared to haggle! You’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice so don’t worry if someone offers you a crazy price, you can always move on to the next stall if needs be.
Need a colourful carpet to decorate your conservatory back home? Marrakech has all sorts of fabrics on offer and their rugs and carpets are beautifully handmade with various colours, patterns and designs. They have been crafted to easily fold up so that tourists can take them home, making them an excellent investment whilst your on holiday. You can go to the larger carpet stores or visit some of the smaller market stalls depending on where you are, with some of the most popular stores being Au Minaret and Dar Nejjarine.
The local music is often played throughout the streets of Marrakech and if you believe yourself to be a skilled musician, consider the musical instrument stores that are scattered across the city. You can delve into the traditional music backgrounds of Morocco by talking to the stall owners or you can visit a general music shop where they will play CD’s that represent the musical tastes of the country. Some of the more modern musical inspirations are also commonly found in Morocco, so don’t be surprised if you’re able to pick up a few rap, hip hop and dance CD’s that are native to Morocco.
About the Author
Nadine Carlyle is a keen travel blogger who writes about her experiences around the world. She has contributed this article on behalf of El Zohar Riad, a stunning traditional riad accommodation in the heart of Marrakech’s old Medina city centre.