Get pleasantly lost What’s a true Morocco moment? Getting pleasantly lost in the maze of a Moroccan market, typically known as a souk. Immerse yourself in the vibrant sights and sounds, where you can go for a variety of experiences all in one day: having your hands painted in henna, trying out spices, getting your […]
November 13, 2019
Get pleasantly lost
What’s a true Morocco moment? Getting pleasantly lost in the maze of a Moroccan market, typically known as a souk. Immerse yourself in the vibrant sights and sounds, where you can go for a variety of experiences all in one day: having your hands painted in henna, trying out spices, getting your fortune told, drinking mint tea at a cafe, or shopping for all sorts of colorful pasalubong. It’s also the perfect place to watch interesting locals such as snake charmers, gypsies, folk singers, street artists and ventriloquists.
Double check the quality
Don’t commit to a purchase until you’re 101% sure that your item is in good condition. Check the fastenings, pockets, straps and zippers of bags; and for shoes, keep an eye out for the leather quality and the if the soles are stitched properly.
Ask before you photograph
You might be too invested in not missing a moment, thus snapping too much photos of your Morocco trip. Always remember to ask before you take a photo of a person, storefront or item. While you might think or assume that the photo you’re sharing on your social media will somehow aide in boosting the country’s tourism, the locals might view it differently and see it as a breach of their personal space and privacy. As a matter of respect, it won’t hurt to ask before you shoot.
Be a smart shopper
Before you set out for shopping, keep in mind the items you plan to buy and the price you’re willing to pay for them. Feel free to barter and haggle with the sellers, as this is part and parcel of souk shopping. Do remember that the sellers are also trying to make a living and that in this scenario, you are more likely capable of affording the item.
Also take note that Moroccan sellers are aggressive – the moment you pause to look at any of their goods is the moment they’ll start the sales talk. Don’t feel forced or get coerced into purchasing goods you’re not interested in; learn when to walk away and how to say no politely instead.
Take care of your belongings
Be more than aware of your bag and other important belongings such as your phone or camera, as most markets are flooded with a crowd of people. It’s easy to get distracted as you enjoy an exciting environment but remember that it’s also a potential target for pickpockets and petty thieves. Hold on to your important belongings by keeping your bags close to your side or to your front and by making sure that your bag is zipped up.