The souks at Medina in the old city of Marrakesh are a maze of appealing colours and handmade products. Take a walk in the labyrinth of the souks, which are divided into specialised sections and discover an exciting world of shopping; from incredibly detailed silk embroidery and Berber rugs, to exquisite glass lanterns, clothing, spices and oils. In fact, hand-made leather goods have been a preferred item in Marrakesh since the 16th century.

If the bustle of the souks gets to be too much, then head over to the Ville Nouvelle where the shopping experience comes air-conditioned, boutique style. A visitor would find exclusive designerwear and one-off original items, artisan and antique shops and warehouse outlets. Besides, try browsing Sidi Ghanem, the industrial area on the outskirts of the city, to find made-for-export design studios that sell direct from the outlets here.

Similarly, Anitan is the place to be to buy rugs ..

Located a stone’s throw away from the Majorelle Gardens, 33 Rue Majorelle is a unique and contemporary store that sells items that are imaginative spins on traditional Moroccan goods. Also, Jemaa El Fna, which is in the main square in Marrakesh, is a market that comes alive at night offering a huge selection of various food stalls to cater to any gastronomic urges. Overall, the whole shopping experience in Marrakesh remains quite out of this world.


The Economic Times