Jemaa el-Fnaa
Jemaa el-Fnaa
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Points of Interest & LandmarksFlea & Street Markets
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This is the entrance to the outdoor market and food court of the city center.
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  • Noor A
    Glasgow, United Kingdom73 contributions
    Unbelievable experience at the Medina
    Been to the Medina three times already - day and night. We took guided tour for day and evening time. Day time was last Sunday afternoon and it was chaotic! This place is just unbelievable. A good experience but please be careful. Motorcycles are allowed in the square hence making it a bit annoying when walking. You will see everyone and everything. People on motorcycles, bicycles, wheelbarrows and donkey carts. I had a headache in the beginning due to this. Too much to take at times. Careful with your belongings. One man walked closely next to my hubby, it was odd. Then I asked my hubby to check on his wallet in case that men did something. Without realising, that men heard me said that and started to create a scene and cursed in Arabic. He was calling me a stupid bitch and started showing me his cash inside his sling bag. We both just looked at him and said nothing. Not sure whether he was trying to do something (pickpocket) or maybe it was just me being careful. But you can never trust anyone here after reading and listening to other people’s experience. Other than that horrible experience, the Medina is a good place to explore. Don’t go too late, we left the Medina at 9.30PM roughly last night. It gets a bit dodgy at night especially when they know that you are a tourist. Bought some Moroccan pastries from the market today. Absolutely delicious. For fruit juice, we prefer stall/shop number 26. Careful, some fruit juice sellers will not return the right amount of change. It happened to us today, can’t remember his shop number and will not be buying from him again.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 December 2022
  • BadgerSteve
    Cardiff, United Kingdom390 contributions
    Crowds, smells, sounds, tastes, crazy crazy
    Fascinating place for the sights, sounds, smells. Crazy sort of place but fun. Snake charmers, dodgy food stalls, crowds, horse carriages, monkeys on a lead. If you are delicate maybe give it a miss but this is for me the essence of North Africa
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 December 2022
  • Margo9999
    Victoria, Canada85 contributions
    Something happening 24/7
    We stayed at a riad that bordered the square, and so were immersed each time we walked out the door. Daytime it was a little quieter, but nighttime it was a fun sort of mayhem, so much to see and so much food, acts, and trinkets for sale. Wandered among the souk and food stalls, can find almost anything you can think of and barter the price. Beware you will be approached and hassled to buy stuff, get henna, etc, just say no, don’t make eye contact and keep moving and you’ll be fine.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 December 2022
  • RSD78
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom328 contributions
    Definitely visit (day and night), but don't eat there
    The central square is lively both day and night. By day it's the usual gifts stores, with a multitude of fruit juice stands, plus blokes with snakes and monkeys trying to get you to have pictures taken with their animals. By night it's livelier with music and loads of food stands, but the snakes and monkeys go away. Beware the food stands as the prices are much more than all the fine dining we'd done (they show you a laminated menu, but it's for tiny portions and all racks up, plus food is only average). Worth a visit, by day and night, but eat elsewhere.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 29 December 2022
  • Kirstin G
    Canterbury, United Kingdom288 contributions
    Central market square
    This market square is busy during the day and busier at night. It has a lot to offer such as the biggest dates I have ever seen, and bargains galore. However, as a shy and unmarried female, I found the hawkers too much. Even the ladies would grab me by the wrist and attempt to start a henna tattoo on the spot so that I would have to pay for what they had done even though I was telling them 'no'. Simply looking in the direction of anyone's stall meant they would block your path to try to get you to buy something before letting you pass...it was hard work. The ground is very uneven too, with stones and pieces of brick sticking out of the ground - so my top tip is for ladies to not to wear standard flats.
    Visited May 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 January 2023
  • Yusuf M
    Fairfax County, Virginia318 contributions
    Good restaurant, excellent location
    It is a must to visit if you are going to Marrakech. It is a vibrant place during day time but extremely throbbing night time. Excellent food prepared on site. There are large number of food stalls. All of them providing similar food. Hard to go wrong. Choose any and you will not be disappointed.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 10 January 2023
  • The London Lad
    1 contribution
    Beware of scam restaurants!!
    This square is a fantastic place to be in the evenings with a lively night market and lots of locals and tourists from around the globe enjoying the atmosphere and entertainment. However, the night market is home to a number of scam 'restaurants' (really just street stalls) aimed at tourists that all appear to have the same owners. They all look similar to the attached picture with a big array of meat at the rear and tables in the front. These places all have very aggressive touts trying to get unsuspecting tourists to sit down (even lying to them and saying adjacent stalls they may be looking at are 'the same'), but beware. Once you are sat down, you'll be given a menu. After you tell the waiter what you want, before the actual food you've ordered arrives you'll be brought a number of tapas style 'starter' dishes you didn't order with the impression that they are complimentary. They are not and will end up costing more than your actual meal!! The total bill for us for 2 people at one of these scam restaurants was over 500 MAK as a result (£40 or US$80) before a tip, which is insane for Morocco. We ate at a very nice rooftop restaurant overlooking the square the next night and it cost less than what we spent at this dodgy stall. One other way to identify these scam restaurants is the fact that every 5 minutes or so, the staff will randomly break out into singing 'That's the Way I Like It' followed by Shakira. Each one of these restaurants (there's several in the night market run by the same people) does it for whatever reason. Was funny the first two times but does get a bit tiresome. Basically, if you see a restaurant stall with aggressive touts, a meat platter on ice at the rear and bad renditions of Shakira, walk away.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 January 2023
  • Chelsea D
    Dallas, Texas238 contributions
    Famous area, lots of yelling sellers, stay alert but enjoy the chaos views
    My friends and I visited Jemaa el Fna three times during our nearly two weeks visit in March 2022. At night, morning, and mid-afternoon. It was always chaotic, but you learn how to get around. Since Marrakech was the beginning and end of our journey, we didn't spend money on snake charmers and orange juice sellers. Also, because we heard they used contaminated water. Wait until Chefchaouen and get it FRESH. Anyway, we hit up ATMs outside a store on the edge. Just keep an eye on passerby looking too interested. That's part of why we never went alone. Also, got my first postcards cheap enough. Our later city guide took us through the medina. On our last day, we hit up one of the main luggage sellers on the far side to buy a rolling suitcase for our numerous souvenirs. We negotiated from 500 to 400DH easily enough.
    Visited March 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 January 2023
  • kevraquet
    Fareham, United Kingdom77 contributions
    Loved it!!
    Booked Marrekesh off the cuff, would never have thought about a trip to the desert but wow,so glad we did. My first peice of advice.once you get off the plane if you ask for help or advice from officials in the airport they expect a tip.and so does everyone else but its normal here.once we were settled went straight into Marrekesh.Absolutely blown away by this place.The snake charmers to the souks and such a variety of everything.barter for everything, loved it.highly recommend horse and carriage trip around and through Marrekesh ,a real eye opener.night time fantastic to ,lots to see and do and eat.if you dont like being hassled maybe not for you but would highly recommend for the experience.my teenage daughter loved it!. Shopping heaven.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 February 2023
  • ReadyToHoliday
    United Kingdom44 contributions
    Nice bustling market place, but hated the snakes and monkeys on display 😣
    Nice bustling square with lots of places to eat, and handicrafts to buy. The food stalls are all after you to pick them, I’d have preferred less pressure 😀 Was put off seeing a chained monkey led by a man, to entertain people. Then saw snakes on display forced to raise their hoods - also for entertainment. Please don’t take photos of either, it encourages such displays.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 February 2023
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SB01
Krakow, Poland810 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Vast, teeming, chaotic square that is the nightlife hub of the city. Arrive early and get a seat in one of the cafes overlooking the square. Wear a jacket as once the sun goes down in winter it gets chilly. Then stroll around the square and take in the juice sellers, belly dancers, drummers and food stalls. Expect to be hassled to eat at one of the street cafes. Generally it’s friendly but in some cases it’s very in your face. Mercifully we saw only one person with a monkey, perhaps because it’s winter.
We sat in the Cafe de France which offered a fabulous vista across the the square to the mosque. The sunset was awesome.
Written 2 December 2023
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Zah_ali84
Edinburgh, UK169 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
To truly experience what it’s like, it’s best to go after sunset - be warned it can get VERY busy and as a tourist you’ll have lots of people trying to sell you something or entice you to their stall so best to have your wits about you.

There’s so many different types of stalls and performances going on along the square and you can browse through all of the stalls as you walk by - you can go into the further stall areas inside from here too. It can feel like a bit of a maze, easy to get lost or get separated from those you’re with so again keep your wits about you especially if you’re travelling with kids.

Everyone is super friendly and welcoming, you’ll see a variety of different foods on offer as well as stalls selling an array of spices, clothes, shoes - pretty much anything you can think of!

If you’re visiting Marrakech it’s a must visit place!
Written 2 December 2023
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bsingh
Gandhinagar, India178 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
As evening approaches , this squire becomes vibrant and lively ! There are numerous food stalls which prepare tasty and fresh Moroccan delicacies. Attractive and clean juice stalls offer a wide variety of fresh fruit juices. There are a number of street performers ( snake charmers , musicians, dancers , monkey show performers etc. ) who attract both tourists and locals. Ladies set up stalls for henna tattoos. Vendors come here for selling miscellaneous items. Besides , there are cafes and restaurants offering both local and global dishes. If you really want to enjoy an overview of this place , you should go there before sunset and take a seat at a vantage point on one of terrace restaurants.
Written 23 November 2023
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Abbbbbb
8 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Absolute hive of activity, don't buy from the ceramic stores and if you do when they say they are taking it away to dust it, they are NOT, it is to wrap an inferior quality one which you don't realize until you get back. Having already overpaid I am sure for the product to be ripped off again really sucks.
Written 21 November 2023
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Vanessa
Lytham St Anne's, UK3,334 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We left our riad early morning and made our 15 minute walk to the square through the souks. Three hours later we found the square after being totally distracted and then lost up some alleyways in the souks! Amazing!
As soon as we were in the square, it started, sellers shouting and calling you to buy their goods, try their food or get yourself some mehndi, it's relentless but fun!
We were amazed not only at the size of the square, but the noise, the smells and how busy it was! It's crazy!
Within a couple of hours, we sat out of the hot afternoon sun and haggled several times for sunglasses, scarves, sandlewood, pictures,t-shirts and the other half even got a nice watch! We were now friends with some of the sellers and it actually guaranteed a nice quiet week going forward :)
I did find myself in what I would call a 'vice grip' for mehndi and was trying to convince her I would go back later, but she was already giving me a 'free example' as I was trying to unlock my fingers from her grasp, but no use and I still have the rather questionable example on my hand, I didn't go for a cover up as this was funnier!
We just smiled, chatted and took the time to say a polite no when we didnt' want something and it worked out just fine.
The square has entertainment, snakes, monkey's and people selling all sorts. There is so much going on.
At around 3pm, cars are banned and all the food kitchens for the evening come rolling out. They all set up and start cooking and setting out table and chairs for customers they can entice into their pop up restaurants. We did go one evening (unfortunately after eating!) and the food they produce looks fantastic, from kebabs, seafood and all local dishes such as the tagines. There is however, a lot more interaction in an evening, as there are around sixty stalls and they all want you in there. It just got a little too much, so we left around 7pm.
The square is surround by restaurants, most of them have rooftops which is great as you can see over the square and watch it all going on! All reasonable priced. We had dinner at one and for two main courses, bread, four drinks and water, it came to £11.
Each time we went to the square, we got money out from the ATM at the main post office. Open, safe space.
Alongside the post office is a small park with shaded benches to sit in and this is the main place to have a horse and cart ride, they are all parked along the park.
Outside the post office is where all the 'tok toks' sit, we used these a few times and haggled a little, but they are so cheap anyway. From the square to our riad which was a 15 minute walk through the souks, we paid around 60 dirhams (£4.70) Bargain and funny to ride in. We paid a little more to go by Carrefour and get wine! They are happy to wait too.
So, the square if a must, it's safe, it's busy and a lot going on, just be ready to chat, smile, haggle or just a polite 'no' several times and you will be fine. Again, go in the evening, but expect a little more pressure to eat and buy things.
Written 20 November 2023
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espressomartini1979 (dyslexic explorer)
Sheffield, UK206 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Marrakech main square, hectic with food and street vendors.
Snake charmers, tat men with knock off lamps and fruiteers.
Be careful of the guys who want to show you round and won’t leave you alone unless you pay them off. Haggle go everything and don’t have any ice.
Hot and hotter in the summer and autumn months. You only need a few hours here not all day as it will be a killer.
Keep your wallets and bags close. Most of all take it for what it is a tourist trap and avoid Saturdays as it’s when all ten locals go.
Written 18 November 2023
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Jonathan bam
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Interesting square with a lot of things to see, I personally enjoyed the sunset from the rooftop in the caffee
Written 16 November 2023
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fernandez hughes
Chester, UK16 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Worth going to pick up gifts and trinkets to take home . The main square had monkeys being yanked about by chains and snakes which I've read are swaying due to being dehydrated and starved . I avoided them and just took in the noises and atmosphere instead . We got a drink in a cafe and sat on the balcony to take it all in .
It is very busy with mopeds flying by even down tiny walkways, so be careful . I had a long dress on but I did see tourists in tiny shorts and skirt, shoulders bare etc , so I wouldn't worry too much what you wear.
Written 16 November 2023
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amy l
London, UK21 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
This is an eye opening place. The animal cruelty on display is something that is similar to my past experiences in Thailand which was equally hard to see. The square is very alive and vibrant and it’s very clear that it’s shifted from a cultural norm to a tourist trap. Best advice is to stick to rated restaurants on a roof top away from all the hassle which is endless and exhausting. If you are deeply upset by animal welfare issues which I personally am you will be affected by what you see. If you are less concerned and just want to pay for an instagram photo of animal abuse then you’ll rate it 5 stars. The hassle is never ending and it does feel like a real scam territory. However I feel that the economic situation of the population does drive such behavior and hence possibly to be expected. Shame it’s clearly lost some of its authenticity due to its key income point now being tourism.
Written 15 November 2023
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kite m
Marrakech, Morocco44 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Amazing trip into the Desert
My partner and I booked a trip into the desert starting in Marrakech and finishing in Marrakech back. We were picked up from outside our accommodation on the first day by Mohan. Over the 3 days we were in his company, we felt like we became family with him as he showed us and taught us many things about Morocco and the people that live there especially the Berber.
He catered for our every need and was very helpful whenever we needed anything.

We travelled in luxury vehicle and with Mohan behind the wheel we felt safe and had lots of fun along the way.

The desert tour itself was amazing, the luxury desert camp, including the food and entertainment was right on point. We were lucky enough to be riding the camel into the desert as the full moon rose above the sand dunes which felt surreal. Playing the drums and dancing to the music was fun and they even encouraged us to play some music from our own country which we did. The team in the desert were very accommodating.

We then stayed in dades valley at a nice Kasbah which had a great view of the valley. We managed to see a lot more of Morocco than if we had just stayed in the big cities which is a Benefit of the tour.

We loved our desert tour, along with meeting some truly great people and some memories we will never forget. Thanks to Mohan for hanging out with us along the way and showing us how the Berber people live.
Written 7 November 2023
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