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“Berber souvenirs and apothecaries”

Ranked #26 of 159 things to do in Marrakech
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is a bazaar which mostly offers spices and other specialty goods.
Marrakech, Morocco
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“Berber souvenirs and apothecaries”
Reviewed 28 December 2011

Situated next to Souk Smarine (for clothing and fabrics) and Souk Loghzal (second hand clothes mainly but once a wool market) the main interest in Rahba Kedima Square are the apothecary outlets. Look for the pottery mini-bowls of lip rouge ("akar" or "kashiniah") traditionally made of the insect derived cochineal, natural (green) henna powder and the ancient form of eyeliner, kohl - but beware! Whether made of the sulphides of antimony or lead both are toxic products. Alum (styptic) is used for razor nicks and many other substances can be discovered here too. Some of the more "exotic" preparations for magic and spell casting appear, but for a soothing break enjoy a relaxing mint tea or coffee at the Cafe des Epices which has a terrace with views over the square.

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“Good Place for souveniers”
Reviewed 22 August 2011

I bought some souveniers here, andit was a good place to do so. there are many vendors in close quarters, so it is easy to play one against another without walking around too much.
I generally found that I paid about 40% of what the merchant was asking for originally.

Visited February 2011
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“A very colourful part of the souk”
Reviewed 23 March 2007

This small square - or rather triangle - is an attractive, colourful and therefore photogenic patch of ground situated just a short walk north east of the Jemaa el-Fna. Despite some of its obvious set up for tourists there is much local commerce going on here as well. It has a more laid back feel than other parts of the souk and it is a nice place in which to spend time wandering although shop keepers will harangue you.

The outer perimeter is made up of spice and magic shops whilst the centre is filled with ladies selling very cheap raffia bags and woollen hippy hats. A word of warning: shop keepers in the so-called magic shops will try selling you live tortoises, lizards and chameleons very cheaply which are illegal to import into the UK.

On the north side of the square is the very popular Café d'épices where you can soak up the atmosphere and watch the world go by. A few shops along from the café are some carpet shops adorned with colourful rugs which make for a lovely photo.

You can avoid the entrance to the square that comes off the main and very crowded Souk Semarine by taking the back way in from the quieter street that is easily reached from both the Jemaa el-Fna and Marrakech Museum.

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