Djemaa El Fna, Marrakesh
Djemaa El Fna, Marrakesh - Address
Address: Rue el Ksour
Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
Timings: 24-hrs Details
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Walking Area, Square, Street Market, Family And Kids, Street Food
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About Djemaa El Fna, Marrakesh
This grand square adjoining the Palace Jemma El Fna is a pot pourri of smells, colors and textures. Like a neighborhood out of an exotic movie, this place is full of esoteric and simply unbelievable sights and sounds. You’ll see old morocco men enjoying a game of cards over a shisha in one corner, you’ll encounter over-zealous shopkeepers and street chefs vying for your attention, you’ll come across fascinating magic potions, alladin-style lamps and magic carpets on sale and yet you are the exotic foreigner for them!
Djemaa el Fna can be many things to a tourist ; a chaotic but entertaining circus, an overwhelming experience or an exasperating confrontation with the reality of Morocco. For all this and much more, this place warrants a visit. Don’t miss out on the scrumptious local cuisine on offer at the innumerable food stalls. After all, the best way to visit a new place is through your stomach!
Djemaa El Fna Information
- Stick to Bottled water.
- Use your bread as a bowl instead of using the cutlery and crockery that is offered on the food stalls.
- Don’t forget to haggle around a bit before settling on a price.
How To reach Djemaa El Fna by Public Transport
- Take the Local sight seeing bus or even any of the local municipal buses, all of which stop at Djemaa El Fna.
Restaurants Near Djemaa El Fna
- There a number of food stalls in this area.
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Djemaa El Fna, Marrakesh Reviews
Loved the market. Lots of stand to buy freshly squeezed juice, all more or less the same price. If buying anything be prepared to haggle. I was on my own with kids aged 4 & 6 and I was not harassed by sales people. Had a great guy who took me to the leather part of the market, he didn't ask or take any money from me. He didn't take me down any quiet or back roads, was in busy public road at all times. You can also take horse and carriage rides from here. Taxis and buses readily available too.
Come here twice. Once during the day then again at night to see it transformed. There are snake charmers, monkey performers and many other things happening. Be prepared for the touts. The souks run off the square so it is a good place to orientate yourself from. Especially if you want to avoid getting lost. Lots of orange juice vendors and food at night. Wouldn’t recommend the safety of the food. Probably best to look and eat elsewhere.
This place is alive! Words can’t describe what it feels like to be in such unique grounds. During the day it has all the snake charmers and a few stalls. At night it is more like a battle field but with no violence. The place becomes alive. It pulses. It is full of energy, odours, sounds and energy. Only those who have been there with an open mind can relate to what I am trying to explain.
Very busy, but colourful and noisy. Worth visiting at different times of day to see how the atmosphere changes. At its best at dusk and night. Very atmospheric when the call to prayer starts. Lots of fruit juice and food stalls with agents enticing you to sit down - be firm but polite. Snake Charmers, Story tellers, Bands, Monkeys and water sellers all add to the atmosphere. You pay for any photos you want to take of these.
In general this place is purely fascinating. Especially after sunset it transforms into a lively and intriguing market square. It's a massive load of impressions at once and can be very overwhelming. Unfortunately there is also a bad side... drugged up monkeys on chains and snakes being kicked around. Some of the showmen and food booth owners/employees are incredibly aggressive and rude, put hands on you and your wife, not taking no as an answer. And unfortunately when attempting to continue on your way offensive insults and threatening is no rarity. Sometimes in Arabic (I guess they think you don't understand) but no worries, also in English. And when you do decide to stop for a snack they are angry when you order just a few things (too less in their opinion), then they take extra time to bring the check in order to keep you in their stall as long as possible, that maybe you do order more. It's beyond sad how those people reflect such a bad picture on all the nice and friendly people in the city. Anyway, this place is a must see on the Marrakesh list but be careful and very cautious! In addition, I would not suggest this place for children!