What is a souk? It is a covered market located in the part of the old town called the “medina”. Place of shopping for tourists, the souk, for Moroccans, is an important place of social relations. Initially, the souk was a place that allowed tribes to meet in neutral terrain. Today it is a large organized bazaar where all the charm of Morocco reigns. A Moroccan souk is equivalent to a market in France. In all the big cities in Morocco, there is necessarily a souk. Huge labyrinth, do not hesitate to get lost in these tiny atypical alleys. You have to really want to resist the temptation so as not to get lost! And during your immersion in the souk, practice the only valid golden rule: negotiate the prices! A real cheap stay in Morocco cannot be done without a detour to the souk, to bring back some typical memories to your friends or your family.
So what are the best souks in Morocco for shopping?
The souk of Marrakech
Its reputation needs no remaking! Huge market, and arguably the best in Morocco, there are over 40,000 artisans. You will have no problem finding the souvenir you want to bring back! Whether it is jewelry, spices, or even clothes and pottery, you can really find everything there. And if you get hungry during your shopping, you can even buy a small typical Moroccan pastry or have lunch in a restaurant.
The souk of Essaouira
Called the souk Jdid, do not miss this market. It is said that the craftsmen of Essaouira are among the most talented. Argan oil, weavings, or even marquetry are available to you in this market. Indeed, argan oil is the specialty of the Essaouira region. It gives your dishes a nutty taste and it is also a beauty product that has anti-aging and moisturizing properties. For the weavings, do not hesitate to go to rue Chbanate. Choose your wool blanket: colored or ecru with embroidery? Finally, during your walk in the souk, you will also see in layers and cabinet makers.
The souk of Rabat
The city of Rabat offers you miles and one way to do your shopping. From the most luxurious shops to its souk, you really have a choice. It is in the Rabat souk that you can buy the carpet of your dreams for your living room. The classic Rabat rug is made of red wool and features a diamond-shaped medallion in the middle of the rug. They are sold by auction on Monday and Thursday morning. In addition to carpets, you will find fabulous silver jewelry in Rabat.