Souks, Marrakech - NCL Tours
  • Duration (nights):
    • Adults:
      16+ years
    • Teenagers:
      12-15 years
    • Children:
      2-11 years
    • Infants:
      0-23 months

Welcome to Souks


The souks of Marrakech are the largest in Morocco and famed throughout the world as one of the most exotic places to shop. They also represent the oldest part of a city that's always thrived on commerce. For the first-timer, the souks can be a bewildering place. We're here to make it a little easier. Here's everything you need to know!

Naming of the souks

Historically, all souks were divided and laid out according to separate commodities being made and sold, with the most valuable products (gold, manuscripts) positioned in the centre of the main souk area and lesser goods radiating out from there. Today, little has changed. Each souk is still named after the product being sold and, aside from allowances for modern tastes, the goods are similar to how they would have been a thousand years ago.

The souks thread north from Jemaa el Fna and continue in a winding labyrinth until they hit the Musée de Marrakech. Open from around 9am to 9pm, the best time to visit is in the cool of morning, or in the evening when the sun seeps through slatted roof shades, illuminating a million golden dust motes.

Information & Facts


N° 52, Jemaa El Fna. Marrakech, Marocco


5 Best Souks in Marrakesh


Carpet Souk

Carpet Souk

One can marvel at the carpets on display here, from the more urban refined Arab rugs with intricate designs to the intriguing Berber carpets adorned with talismanic symbols and often tell a tribe’s story. Remember there is no “correct” price so it’s good to cut the asking price in half and try from there. 


Slipper Souk

Slipper Souk

Perhaps the very prettiest souk in Marrakesh, here you’ll find walls of traditional Moroccan leather slippers called babouches. There is incredible variety, from simple and steamlined to bedazzled, embroidered and jeweled.  The bright yellow ones are meant for men, and those slippers with a hard sole are meant to be worn outside.  


The Mellah

The Mellah

The Mellah, or Jewish quarter, is not a souk per se but a distinct district in the medina. In addition to the area’s historical importance, you’ll find a good variety of shops here.  This is where I go to buy fabrics and beautiful trims and notions.  


Metalworking Souk

Metalworking Souk

While there are oodles of things made of metal to buy in this souk, Moroccan lanterns take center stage—from basic ones made from tin, to ornate beauties that take days to make. It’s fascinating to watch the craftsman in meticulous action before your very eyes.   


Spice Souk

Spice Souk

The spice souk’s square is a sight in itself, with spices heaped into astonishing large cones making for a colorful display like no other. Here you can buy a wide variety of spices at affordable prices.  (Tip:  Moroccan saffron is expensive and should never be in powder form.  Don’t be fooled!)


Opening Times

Opening hours :

  • 08:00 H – 00:00 H

Price : free



Wednesday Open 24 hours
Thursday Open 24 hours
Friday Open 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Monday Open 24 hours
Tuesday Open 24 hours


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