Visit hidden stalls in the Marrakech medina with a local guide on a shopping adventure. Shop for souvenirs such as leather items, lamps, shoes, carpets, spices, and argan oil. Learn how to haggle like a real insider, and enjoy some exclusive discounts.
What to Expect
The famed medina of Marrakech is a shopper’s paradise, but with literally thousands of shops packed into a maze of small alleyways it can be an overwhelming experience.
To help you make the most of the medina, your guide will lead you to the best shops, where local artisans make and sell unique authentic wares. Meet with artists who are specialists in their fields and learn about their family businesses and their work, and feel their passion for what they do.
At the start of the 3.5-hour tour you’ll be asked about items you’re most interested in finding, and your guide will create a customized itinerary that best suits the group. You’ll visit at least 5 artisans, which could include:
• A local leather shop where you can find Moroccan-style carpet bags, leather handbags, and jackets
• A jeweler specializing in silver and beadwork from the far reaches of Morocco
• A local herbalist offering a variety of spices and argan oil
• The tour provider’s favorite carpet shop, which offers fixed prices (a rarity in Morocco) and even a special discount for tour participants
• A local artisan that makes his own range of leather shoes, including Moroccan slippers, and who can also custom-make shoes for you within 48 hours
• Exclusive access to a wholesaler of homewares/souvenirs deep in the medina
• Ladies’ fashion outlets, including a caftan shop and a silk scarf vendor
• A wondrous lamp shop specializing in high-quality filigree
• A veritable Aladdin’s cave of locally sourced homewares and furniture frequented by local riad owners and Hollywood movie stars
You’ll also receive a shopping map, so that even after the tour ends, you can seek out some of the best secret shops during your stay in Marrakech.
As you browse the shops, your guide will teach you the art of bargaining. Learning a few key Arabic words and phrases can make a big difference during your shopping adventures!
Along the way, you’ll also visit a few street workshops, where local craftsmen practice their trades. Watch a master ceramic tile-maker at work and stop at a filigree workshop, where the famous Moroccan lamps are created.
You’ll finish off the afternoon with a rest stop at the delightful Henna Café, where you’ll get to try local sweets and Berber tea. Best of all, it’s food for a good purpose, as proceeds from the commissions of your tour go to a local women’s project jointly funded by Urban Adventures and Henna Café.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Shopping map
- Shopping discounts
- Free delivery of bulky goods to your hotel
- Afternoon tea
What's Not Included
- Shipping costs of your goods to your home country (most of the artisans are experienced with shipping bulky goods and can arrange this for you)
- Additional food and drink
- Items of a personal nature
- Tips/gratuities for your guide
Know Before You Go
Dress standard: Morocco is considered by many to be a liberal Muslim country. For example, many Moroccan women do not wear headscarves, but you may still find that Morocco is very conservative compared to what you’re used to at home. Therefore, please dress accordingly. As a general guideline, your shoulders, chest, and knees should be covered at all times. It is not a good idea to wear shorts (both men and women) or low-cut tops, or to show your midriff. Lightweight sleeved shirts, trousers, and skirts are respectful and will keep you cool in the heat.
Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Please select Child above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on the tour.