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“Tourist trap but has to be done.”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Jemaa el-Fnaa

Jemaa el-Fnaa
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Shopping in the Souks of Marrakech Private Tour
Ranked #17 of 159 things to do in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This is the entrance to the outdoor market and food court of the city center.
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“Tourist trap but has to be done.”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Tourist trap. Interesting to see once or twice - preferably sitting up high in a cafe with a mint tea as the sun goes down and the lights come on. Food market is interesting place to grab a quick cheap meal. Otherwise just full of hustlers.

Visited November 2013
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“jeema el fna not traditional food...”
Reviewed 4 December 2013

annoying touts and food sellers. Food here is nothing compared to local tagine sellers outside the main square. Just look for stalls with hot steaming clay tagine pots, point at a pot sit down and eat whatever tagine your served for less than 25 dirham! The square chefs charge 30 per tagine and its not the real thing.Its cooked in a pan and served in a clay pot and tastes nothing like real tagine.Being a chef I like good for and if you are going to eat here look for where ethe locals are sitting and not the tourists
Beware of taking photos of men in costume they charge. Henna women are rip offs never ever pay more than 30 dirham. Great experience but very annoying if you just want a quiet feed.

Visited December 2013
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“An exceptional place but also a glimpse of hell...”
Reviewed 4 December 2013

I thought that I was prepared for Marrakech but at times I was truly overwhelmed. Jemaa el Fna once a "possible" place of execution is still a place not far off from a nightmare. During the day, it's a busy benign square that offers the tourist and local populace a drink from the juice sellers or a meal from the many restaurants along the periphery leading to the souks. In the evening the food stalls are set up with row after row of these mini establishments selling all means quick meals. A brigade of young men relentlessly touting for your business. With smoke choked air, I'd give this place a wide berth if you suffer respiratory problems like asthma but it's the countless heartbreaking beggars that did me in. Mothers with listless infants, limping elderly eating scraps from the ground. My appetite lost and and any spare cash gone, my husband and I fled back to our riad. It made me sad and depressed on the last evening of what otherwise was a fascinating journey.

Visited December 2013
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“Be sensible and you will be fine”
Reviewed 4 December 2013

Have your wits about you, and enjoy yourself, the food stalls are really lovely and very safe to eat from as there are many tourists, the standards are high.

Visited November 2013
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“Not what it's cracked up to be”
Reviewed 4 December 2013 via mobile

We went here both during the day, and at night. It's not a great experience during the day, and although the snake charmers, henna tattoo artists and monkeys are ok, they failed to hold our interest for more than a few minutes.
At night the character changes and the venue has many more food stalls etc, so I would say give it a miss during the day and visit at sunset till the early evening

Visited December 2013
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