Another short walk leading on from Rue Bab Doukkala starts at the Pasha’s palace. The Pasha, Thami el Glaoui, was by many accounts a “character”, feted by the Europeans of the time. His old residence is not open to the public unfortunately as it is still used by members of the current royal family. However the entrance portal is magnificent and the adjoining part of the old palace (now the quarters of a workers’ union) is open for visitors and occasionally have craft fairs where the courtyard and magnificent stucco (plasterwork) in particular can be enjoyed. Next to these are a health centre and opposite are small boutique shops.
A minute’s walk further along are a new up-market hammam, Hammam de la Rose and three of the best salesrooms in the medina: the extensive antique displays at Zimroda and Khalid galleries and the small but fascinating silver and antique jewellery store of Siwa. A gold shop and an art gallery are opposite. Two lanes depart from this street, both with guesthouses and one, in Derb Tizougarine has an English language second hand bookstore. A little further down this route is an unfortunate, as yet unfinished, building purporting to be a riad but from its exterior is an out of place hotel.
To make up for this there is an excellent fabric and clothes shop for modern and traditional men and ladies’ fashions. Two large open courtyard foundouks offer a large variety of Moroccan wares. Other kiosks, a local cafe and small shops add to this safest area of the medina on the way to the square, Djemma el Fna. Rue Dar el Bacha terminates at a crossroad with Rue Mouassine, a right hand turn which is another interesting short walk in itself.
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