Shopping in Marrakesh

Shopping in Marrakesh is a mixed bag. You can find everything and anything from all over Morocco. Most goods are produced outside Marrakesh in small villages in the countryside and are cheaper their. Just north of the Djemaa el Fna most of the souks are like a grand bizzare. It is difficult to find artisans producing the crafts you want to buy. Head north around the Ben Youssef Medersa to find craftsmen producing wares by hand in the their shops. We were surprised to see how few tourists were shopping in Marrakesh. Things have definitely slowed down with the economic down turn. One real turn off about the medina is all motor bike traffic. Bikes fly through the small narrow streets with out regard to pedestrians. The exhaust of the bikes is another nuisance. There are no bikes in the Fez medina or in the Meknes medina so it disappointing to see it here in Marrakesh. Marrakesh is still a great place to shop and there are friendly people everywhere. We didnt see the high pressure sales that we expected.