What To Buy In Marrakech, Morocco - Updated 2021

what to buy in marrakech
Annelene
Annelene
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Marrakech is famous for putting on a display of bright colours, intricate patterns and an aroma of various scents when you take a walk in the bustling labyrinth-like souks of the city. The local men and women of Marrakech work tirelessly to bring masterful pieces of art to life using traditional tools and age-old methods ensuring you take home one of a kind souvenirs. From lamps to jewellery, leather bags, beautiful baskets, pickled lemon, heaps of spices and so much more, you will surely want to take everything home. Stumped on what to buy in Marrakech? Be instantly transported back to Marrakech, with a guide on the best things to buy on your visit to this stunning city.

1. Djellaba (Traditional dress)

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Upgrade your wardrobe with a touch of colour and the essence of Marrakech by purchasing a traditional Djellaba. The Djellaba is a traditional Moroccan garment and is a long, loosely fitted unisex robe with full sleeves. These robes come in different shapes and colours. The style is popular with both men and women, with men wearing them predominantly in winter while the women adorn them in summer. Get yourself a colourful Djellaba at any of the stores in Souk Smarrine or opt for a designer piece at any of the swanky boutiques in Marrakech

2. Cashmere scarves

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The souks of Marrakech beckon fashion addicts and fashionistas to explore the many stalls and find treasures to add to your wardrobe. These souks are the ideal place to pick up a cashmere scarf, which is also a perfect gift idea for your friends and loved ones. The designs of these scarves range from vividly coloured tie-dyed designs to floral printed knits. These cashmere scarves are relatively low priced but are luxury gifts to be purchased.

3. Leather shoes

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Marrakech is an ideal place to find leather goods as the manufacturing of these leather products is a timeless tradition. The leather is used to make a variety of things from leather bags to slippers and even book bindings. However, if you wish to stand out from the crowd and be a trendsetter, then you should get your hands on the leather shoes known as Babouches. The traditional Berber artisans intricately make these impressive pieces which can also be adorned in sequin, suede or Moroccan carpet. You can choose a round or pointed-toed shoe. These shoes come in a plethora of colours, and there is one for everyone.

4. Rugs

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Liven up your home with a burst of colour by purchasing a traditional rug from one of the souks in Marrakech. A rug from Marrakech is one of the prized purchases any traveller should buy as it is brightly coloured, while the Berber style carpets tell a story with different elements having a specific meaning adding to the value of the souvenir. These rugs are exquisitely designed and tend to be rather heavy. However, many stores will aid in importing these beautiful works of art for you. These rugs and carpets come in different patterns, shapes and sizes.

5. Kilim pillowcases

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For a more cost-efficient alternative to buying a rug, get your hands on a kilim pillow case. Kilim pillowcases are a display of intricate geometric patterns and exuberant colours that will surely add style to your living spaces at home. Just like rugs, these decorative pieces act as narrative art forms as the different shapes woven into the pillowcase have a meaning. Most of these pillowcases do not come with the fillings making it easier to just pack it away with your luggage when you leave.

6. Baskets

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Bring home the energy and vibrancy of Marrakech by purchasing a vintage Berber basket. These colourful pieces of art can be found in most stores and souks around Marrakech. These baskets will add a fresh pop to your interior living spaces and recent years have seen many restaurants include these colourful dishes as part of their interior design to create a warm and welcoming ambience. The Berber baskets come in a variety of vibrant colours and sizes and are both functional and decorative souvenirs to buy.

7. Ceramics

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If you take a walk through the bustling souks of Marrakech, not only will you feast your eyes on a plethora of colours and patterns but you will see a myriad of handmade pottery and Moroccan ceramics which will add character and charm to your home. From plates, bowls, cups and decorative pieces, there is a type of ceramic for everyone. You will find a wide selection of ceramics if you visit the wholesale shops which come in any colour and style. The owners of these stores will even help you bubble wrap these art pieces so you can take them home with you.

8. Argan Oil

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Looking for an authentic Moroccan souvenir? Then unlock the healing and health properties of Argan Oil. Don’t forget to stock up on these oils as they aren’t found anywhere else in the world. The oil is extracted from roasted seeds from the Argan tree and can be used for cosmetic and culinary purposes. So, be sure to state which type you are looking for. The harvesting and cultivating of these precious oils is an age-old tradition in Marrakech, so this is definitely a special souvenir to purchase. True Argan is thick and golden yellow in colour with nutty scents. This is important to keep in mind as not all of these oils are prepared equally. The souvenir store of Rue 33 Majorelle has the best selection of Argun oils.

9. Lanterns

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Purchasing a Morrocan lantern is ideal memorabilia for your adventures captured in Marrakech and adds Morrocan decadence to your home lighting. These lanterns can be found in a range of sizes, colours and materials. Their intricate design creates dazzling light shows in the interior living spaces. The souks of Marrakech are filled with craftspeople and glassworkers hard at work with their pieces of art giving you an appreciation for the souvenir you are going to buy. These lanterns will be great additions to the home and excellent gifts for loved ones and friends.

10. Moroccan spices

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Marrakech is teeming with character and charm and boasts a vibrant culture waiting to be explored. At the core of the Moroccan culture and many of its culinary dishes is its spices. Take a stroll through the souks and markets of Marrakech, and you will be greeted by the pungent smells and beautiful display of technicolour powders of the stalls. These spices are relatively inexpensive and easy souvenirs to transport at the end of your trip. A favourite spice to buy is the Ras El Hanout which is a unique blend of the best spices like cumin, cinnamon. Ginger and much more. Take home the taste of Marrakech as well as a piece of its culture by purchasing these spices.

Take home a piece of Marrakech

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Be captivated by the beauty and charm of Marrakech and ensure you relive your memories created by purchasing any of these souvenirs on your visit

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Annelene is a marketing graduate with a zest for life and a passion for travel. She believes these things help bring new perspective, introduce new cultures and educate us about life.

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