The best souvenirs from Marrakech, Morocco
(and how much to spend on them)
The Red City, The Ochre City, The Daughter of the Desert – Marrakech in western Morocco has many names. There are many things to see, and shop, in Marrakech so here are some tips on the best souvenirs (and how much to spend on them).
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Visit the Medina to find the best souvenirs
To find a traditional and authentic piece of Morocco it’s best to go to the souks in the medina. They’re markets selling anything from clothing over leather goods to spices and ornate lamps. The vendors in the souks usually open around 9:30 and close around 21:00. Stalls on the main square
Jemaa el-Fna can be open as late as 3:00 in the morning.
Haggling for the best prices
There’s a souk for anything and it takes a little skill and courage to haggle for the best prices. The prices in the beginning are usually way too high so if you’re interested it’s time to start haggling. The rule of thumb is to start off at 1/3 of the asking price and never pay more than ½.
Be aware that every shop owner will advertise their goods and try to lure you into their store. Sometimes they go as far as following you or touching you before accepting ‘no’ for an answer. It’s important to be firm when saying ‘no’ and to keep walking if you’re not interested in buying anything. If something does peak your interest, have a look in the shop but be aware once you touch something the locals see it as a sign that you’re ready to buy.
If you’re into cooking and want to try new recipes (tajine, perhaps?) the spice souk is the way to go. Spices are piled up in colourful mountains and the smell is intoxicating.
You can find any type of spice here from turmeric and chili or curry powder to dried herbs, flowers and fruits. You can even discover new spices you’ve never heard of.
When buying spices make sure you know the rules for bringing them back home, some countries are a little iffy when importing food items.
Almost every meal in Marrakech is served with a side of olives. Green or black, pickled or marinated in spices or ground into delicious tapenade, olives are everywhere.
Olive season is in December in Morocco and if you’ve developed a taste for them you can buy tubs of olives or jars of tapenade.
Big tub 40 DH, small tub 10 DH
The famous Moroccan argan oil
Another great typical Moroccan souvenir is Argan oil.
You can get it either as cooking oil or choose between various cosmetics like lotions and hair or face masks.
Argan oil is made from the Argan nut. It’s roasted, dried and the seeds are then ground into pure oil. You can see this process (and even try it yourself) when visiting an Argan oil co-operative on one of the many tours from Marrakech like this one to the Atlas Mountains.
Those are great place to buy Argan oil products because you’ll be getting good quality for your money. This may not be the case in the medina in Marrakech. A lot of the Argan oil products sold there are fake.
150 DH for a medium bottle.
Beautiful clothing and fabrics
You might have admired the colourful scarves and robes during your stay and for a good reason, they’re absolutely gorgeous!
Bring some of these colours with you to brighten up your summer back home.
You can get the slippers and sandals in colourful fabrics or dyed leather (done locally in the tanneries).
They’re are super cute and comfortable!
Harem 140 DH
Head turban/scarves 70 DH
Leather slippers “mojris” 60-140 DH (depending on how intricate the details are)
Pompom clutches 30 DH
Being an interior designer I love everything that makes my home more beautiful so rugs, leather poufs, pillow covers, baskets and ornate lamps are a piece of heaven!
Most of the rugs are hand-made (and you can learn how by visiting Dar Si Said Museum) but some are mass produced and made to look antique. Check out this app (IOS or Android) to find the right place for good quality for money.
Pick some pillow covers to match your new Moroccan rug and choose from a myriad of different sizes and patterns.
You can find a large variety of leather poufs in different sizes, colours and with or without intricate embroidery. Those poufs are made from camel, goat or sheep leather but we recommend to feel for yourself to make sure the quality is what you want.
Baskets are always a great accessory for every home, for storage, as a plant pot or simply to add texture and natural materials to the room.
One of my favorite things are the ornate lamps. From wall lamps to pendants to tea light holders you can find any kind of lamp in the souks. They create a super cosy atmosphere and throw the most beautiful patterns on the walls.
Rugs (large white fringe) 400-600 DH
Pillow covers (patterned) 80 DH (save money and haggle even better by buying more than 1)
Leather poufs (small) 140 DH, (large) 200 DH
Baskets (medium) 60 DH, (large) 140 DH
Lamps 30-200 DH depending on size and details
Of course instead of just eating tajine (meat or vegetables steam cooked slowly in a clay pot) you can bring home intricately hand painted pottery to try your own take on Moroccan cuisine.
Etched copper and other metals
Have you fallen in love with the Moroccan tradition of drinking mint tea at every hour of the day yet?
If so you may want to continue this tea time back home and for that you’ll need those ornate tea pots, cups and glasses, and jars.
The beautiful tea sets are generally made from bronze, brass or copper.
If you buy a set or more than 1 of something there’s a good chance you’ll be able to haggle and get the price down a lot!
So don’t be shy if you really like something, haggling is part of Moroccan culture and the locals (and you too) have to embrace it.
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