Many visitors are drawn to the souks of Marrakech for a thrilling shopping experience. Rugs, brass trays, jewelry, spices, wooden boxes, leather goods and lots more pack tiny shops along winding narrow lanes. Customers bargain to get the best price so a good deal becomes their mission. With so many people crowding the lanes and so many shops with such a broad array of goods, it’s almost too much to take in.
So, we responded by just looking, not buying, YET, on our many walks – cutting through the souk – as we headed for museums. Marrakech’s riches extend beyond shopping if visitors take the time to look.
Did we ever get around to shopping? Yes, even with very limited space in our suitcases we made a purchase of argan oil.
We tried to read up on the best place to shop for both a high quality oil (not diluted) and one produced by a women’s cooperative. We went with the best recommendations we could find, but we’re not sure it fully met our requirements.
Our friends, John and Angela, eyed a “pouf” (a leather ottoman) on their first day. Each day after, we passed the display. Their last day in town, we walked over to the shop, and John steeled himself as the bargaining began. Numbers went back and forth. John turned to leave. A better number was called out. Finally, to Angela’s relief, a price was agreed upon, and everyone smiled as cash and pouf changed hands.
In the end, we all were drawn in. We made our purchases and just hope they’ll fit in our suitcases!