Street markets in Marrakech


Marrakech is an important historic site regarding business and commercial exchanges through caravans in Morocco.

The souks of the Medina of Marrakech are mazes full of stalls and individual workshops, classified by districts and professions and account for more than 2600 moroccan self-employed craftsmen, and that for only around twelve corporations.


The main souk cover the center of the medina from the famous Jemaa el-Fna place to the Medersa Ben Youssef. The main lines that cross souks welcome selling stalls that get their products from the local craftsmen that work in the streets nearby.


The local merchants and craftsmen produce and sell their self-made traditional products : jewels, vase, teapots, lanterns, caldrons, plates, carpets, leather, body groom, clothes, woven fabrics, pottery, perfumes, food, moroccan pastries, spices …


Each profession is historically organized and settled in a specified place of the Medina as part of a corporation that has strict rules and a work hierarchy. Apprentices end their apprenticeship by designing a product which is then judged by a commission composed of Mâalems who are master craftsmen and master of apprentice studies, local gardens of the traditional moroccan know-how. When successful, the apprentices can settle in the Medina and start their own craft business.


It is good to know that bargaining over the price of each product is a local custom.


Nearby the door of Bab Doukkala, but inside the high walls of the city, there is a food market. On every morning, small carts go from door to door in order to sell breads and pastries. The streetis overcrowded.


It is really hard to go through that market without buying anything. When the time for supper comes, there is a great party. In this market, you can find everything : from menthol to make tea to olive of different flavors. The shops there sell about everything : shampoo, clothes, everything.