When you imagine your upcoming journey to Morocco, one vision you’re almost certain to conjure is the bustling activity of a traditional market. Colours and sounds fill the air as vendors ply their wares and savvy shoppers haggle for the best prices. All the while people stroll to and fro, and wandering salesmen offer their snacks and souvenirs to all and sundry.
The traditional Moroccan market is known as a souk, also spelt as souq, and it’s as much a cornerstone of Moroccan culture as mint tea or a good tagine. Whether your deep in the heart of Marrakech or out in the smaller communities that still live the old ways, the souk is here to stay, and you’ll want to shop smartly to make the most of what’s on offer.