Jemaa el-Fnaa, Marrakech

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The commercial and cultural center of the city, Jemaa el-Fnaa represents a UNESCO-designated Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The square hosts daily performances by storytellers, actors, and musicians. Merchants come and go throughout the day, selling fresh orange juice, traditional foods, herbal medicines, traditional water bags made from leather, and brass drinking cups. Put Jemaa el-Fnaa at the forefront of your travel plans using our Marrakech itinerary planning website .
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  • Must-be in Marrakesh, you could spend whole day in here, starting early in the morning in market, through lunch in close restaurant till evening in the main square. I recommend morning vistit at souks...  more »
  • One of the more peculiar and funny to those who make a visit with the family. It keeps air cutrillo and social, is great fun and a visit forced any adventurer or traveler. Eating in the stalls is essential, trying to do so that more local has (or at least Moroccan tourists). I recommend the number 14
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  • In this square you can find everything at all hours of the day. You can't go from here without taking orange juice freshly squeezed.
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  • Very nice and clean area, lots of people dancing and singing. Great food but very aggressive salesmen who at times will grab you to eat or buy something from them. This place never stops so you can go at anytime of the day and have a good time. Must try the fresh squeezed orange juice.
  • We have been to the Square multiple times during our visit. During the day it is nice and fairly busy. But after darkness it becomes a fantastic place to visit. The local community comes out to enjoy them self in small groups all over the Square. Full of noise and activity. The number of food places also grows significantly. Here again the locals are enjoying this in vast numbers compared to the tourists.
  • This is one of the main attractions of Marrakech and must for all visitors. We have young kids so only ventured early morning to avoid the main part. But even that gave the sense of what it would be like. There is an amazing restaurant with balconies over looking the square which has security on it and perfect for making a base to venture out from. This is an experience so be prepared, but is worth it.
  • Great place for a fresh orange juice with restaurants with nice terraces for a sunset drink or tea. Don't shop here, and if you're a woman traveling alone or only with other women, be prepared for cat calling. If you're a woman of colour, you will be called every female celebrity in the book....still, worth a visit for the atmosphere and color
  • It's a quintessential place to see if you're visiting Marrakesh. There are vendors selling anything your heart desires. Also there are a few souks (marketplaces) nearby that have food and other things. One important marker for me when I was here was Cafe France. It's in the center of the square. By day there are many people but it still has a relative calmness, but by night more people come out, the snake charmers, the musicians with live music and other vendors start to come out and breath life into the beating square. It starts to peak and around 11-12pm and calms down shortly after. Be aware that taking pictures of anything may be greeted with aggressive asking for money so if you are not the generous tourist or don't have lots to spare, try to avoid lots of pictures, or stand behind a group of people and do so, covertly. Also be prepared to be harassed about buying things regularly. They will usually leave you alone if you ignore them. That being said this is a great place, I would recommend it.

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