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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  • Great to enjoy views over this massive square with the sun going down. You probably need to buy a consumption to get to a roof terrace, but it’s worth it. I’m not so sure about the quality of the food...  more »
  • This square is the centre and heartbeat for Marrakech . . . . by day snake charmers and men with monkeys to be avoided at all costs . . . . by night the square comes alive with stalls and places to ea...  more »
  • The musicians on the square that have animated the surrounding people to sing along and have spread a mood of madness were the best!
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  • True Moroccan experience! The square is full with people, vendors, locals and tourists as well. You can see monkey and snakes as well, although they are captured somewhere in the Atlas and used here to attract tourist. Be mindful and do not support these kind of businesses. In the middle the people at the food stalls can be really pushy, however trying the snail soup and some fresh juice worth the price! Just be aware that these vendors automatically give you the bigger portion, while the price of the small portion is written everywhere
  • This is an open marketplace that local business owners or individuals gather in to sell their products and services. It’s great as it has everything from food to clothes and cosmetics. Be careful of those who allow you to take pictures with their monkeys and snakes, as they eventually ask you to pay a big amount of money. Be sure to ask about the price of the service before actually taking it. The fresh juices are refreshing and tasty, as well as all the restaurants there.
  • Quite an experience! I went here just after sunset and it was very crowded. Be mentally prepared for what this place is. Say 'no' to any shady characters trying to stop you and sell you or lead you anywhere. Also be prepared to barter hard for anything you want to buy. Don't buy anything at sticker price here. Note that sticker prices are quite high, but those are high on purpose because you are expected to negotiate a lower price. Also, I highly suggest you eat at one of the rooftop restaurants surrounding the square. Very nice view and a nice place to take a break from the busy streets.
  • Bizarre and refreshing. Busy and hot. Interesting visit to the square. Do not buy anything at asking price! Barter with them. Do not follow anyone who offers to help guide you through the market. We made this mistake. They lead you down a deserted alley, far away from your destination, then extort you!
  • We went at night for the first time. It was really amazing to walk around. There is a lot of people and tons to see and do. It is very very busy at night, especially on Friday and Saturday. It can be a little overwhelming with everyone trying to sell you anything they can, get you to their restaurant or bar, or offer you a tour. During the day there is horse carriage rides, snake charmers and monkey acts. We tried not to partake of encourage the animal acts since the animals do not seem to be well taken care of. Overall it's an interesting experience with lots of good restaurants and places to checkout.
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