Every city has a souk (marketplace). Since bargaining is expected, transactions can take longer, so reserve a full day to shop. Moroccan-made lamps, ceramics, indigenous spices and beauty products, candles, leather goods, and of course, rugs are all on offer. The souk in Marrakech is the most famous, but you can get better prices in the smaller cities. If you want a rug, ask your hotel concierge to recommend a women’s cooperative store. These tend to have better quality items, take credit cards and provide work to single mothers. You’ll still need to bargain.
What to wear: In Morocco, modesty is expected. In fact, many men and women dress in full-body covering djellabas (hooded caftans). Keep your knees and shoulders covered when out touring. Reserve tanks and shorts for the hotel pool.
Spices on display in the souk. Photo Credit: Jenna Mahoney