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Online shopping if you can’t get to Marrakech

Try Etsy for exotic Moroccan finds

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Etsy (www.etsy.com) is a huge online marketplace. If you’ve not heard of it, as we hadn’t until recently, think of it as a kind of fashionable ebay without the auction element. It’s full of arts and crafts inspired items and is a colourful way to shop online whether you’re looking for homewares, clothes or just some ideas.

If you put in a search for Morocco all kinds of wonderful things come up.

That leather pouffe you couldn’t quite carry back? They’ve got those, in tan, pink and every other colour of the rainbow too. Or how about a Moroccan-inspired hipflask? Yup, they have plenty of those as well.

Whilst browsing on the site we discovered the Izzizi Interiors range, which offers authentic, vintage Beni Ourain and Marmoucha Berber rugs from the mountains of Morocco – not cheap but very chic (www.etsy.com/uk/shop/IzziziInteriors)

 

 

Getting lost in Marrakesh

Get lost! in Marrakesh

Covered market, Marrakech

To get lost in a foreign city is a fear that many of us have, but putting away the map can be just the thing for adventure. The souks of Marrakech are – we promise – a great place to get lost in.

So, what to expect?

Well, cast adrift in the maze of the medina, carts will trundle past you, laden with oranges and timber. You’ll see hawkers selling piles of eggs, fruit of all colours and fresh herbs. You’ll spot ancient weavers working at looms. The smell of delicious freshly baked ‘khoubz’ (bread) will waft over you.

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You’ll pass brightly coloured apothecaries, where inside, hundreds of glass jars containing everything from pickled birds and crystals to ras el hanout and saffron will be for sale. You’ll be invited in for tea. You’ll have offers of guidance and you’ll certainly pass plenty of shady cafes to cool off in with a Casablanca beer or some mint tea.

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See, doesn’t sound too bad does it? Chances are, after getting lost in the souks, you will return with a dozen travel tales, a handful of souvenirs and a camera full of photos.

This recent article on the Huffington Post website, inspired us to write this blog post, they agree that getting lost isn’t so bad!

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The need for cheese

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While we love Moroccan food, there are certain foods that we often get cravings for that are not always that easy to find. One of these is of course – cheese!

With so many French expats in the city, thankfully it isn’t too hard to source good selections of cheese and dairy produce. One of our top tips is Le Maitre Fromager which is the go-to place in the city for cheese fans.

Housed in a pretty boutique on Avenue Mohamed VI, the smell of cheese entices food lovers in from the streets. It’s not only about cheese here though, you can also pick up other fine foods including smoked salmon and platters of cheese which work well as gifts. A must for any foodie’s address book.

If you’re really keen you can even sign up for their newsletter, here: www.lemaitrefromager.com

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Artisan-inspired handmade handbags – made for you in Marrakech

Adil Andaloussi maker of handmade bags Marrakech
Even if you’re in Marrakech just a few days, if you make your way to Adil Andaloussi’s place in Rue Riad Zitoun Jdid (New Olive Street), he can make you a genuine leather handbag using ancient techniques (as opposed to the machine-made ones in the souks).
Simple bags range from 200 dirhams and ones with more decoration or handwoven and sewn threads around the bag are from 300 dirhams and up.
Choukkara money bags traditionally used by Berber men are 500 dirhams. They are made from goat’s leather, which is thick and robust, but also very soft. The leather flap on the bag is decorated with handtooled leather designs or embroidered in delicate oriental designs with vibrantly-colored silk thread.

traditional fringed choukara bag, berber, Marrakesh
I can assure you that women would be equally happy having one over their shoulder.
You will see the different styles in his tiny retail space, clutch bags, pouch bags, evening bags …
So if you prefer not to wait, then you can choose from ready-mades ones on display.

Adil andaloussi's tiny store Marrakech medina
You can also check out his website: http://www.tamaroc.com/
Best starting point to find his small store is from the Bahia Palace – with the Palace on your right, keep walking straight. This is the rue riad Zitoun Jdid. He’s number 58.

Tel.: 06 38 88 69 32
58 Rue riad Zitoun Jdid
Marrakech medina

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