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Jemaa el-Fna (Djemaa el-Fna)
Jemaa el-Fna (Djemaa el-Fna)

Jemaa el-Fna (Djemaa el-Fna)

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4,945 Reviews
Djemaa el Fna, Marrakech

The Basics

Moroccans have been gathering in Jemaa el-Fna in Marrakech’s Medina (walled town) for almost 1,000 years. From the traditional storytellers who spin their yarns to rapt groups of locals to the snake charmers and the many food stalls selling traditional snail soup and sweet mint tea, a visit to the square—especially after dark—is a truly special experience.

The best ways to enjoy the square are to go with the flow and enjoy the different performances that spring up from place to place or to tour the area with a knowledgeable local guide who can take you to the most authentic spots.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Marrakech

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A Moroccan food experience
Mel_G, Mar 2020
Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner
Omar a very friendly and capable guide who introduced us to a variety of Moroccan specialities. Snails, cakes, doughnuts, tanghia lamb etc
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Excellent tour
Ingrid, Mar 2020
Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner
We had an excellent evening with guide (Omar). Nice food & lovely walking tour in the city. Interesting tips & tricks. You will definitely not leave hungry!!!
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Great food in a great city
Rachael_T, Mar 2020
Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner
Omar was very knowledgeable about the history, culture and food in his city. The amount of food stops for us was perfect and we got a good mix of different foods. We would recommend this tour
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Crazy, fun bike tour with food!
Rachael_T, Mar 2020
Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner
This tour was alot better than we thought it was going to be. Although be warned, biking through the crowds and narrow alleyways in the souks was very challenging but fun and we really enjoyed it! Younnes was a fantastic guide he kept us safe and gave us information about the city and the different foods which we tried along the way. He even went out of his way his way at the end of the tour to redirect us back to the Medina. Thanks for a great tour!
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Moroccan food tour
ryokohiraok, Feb 2020
Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner
A tour through Marrakech’s busy market with introduction to Moroccan specialties. Great experience walking with a knowledgable guide, showing us through complex alleys only the local know. My mother does not speak English, but still had a great time with wonderful people to walk around the market. Thank you so much for the memorable experience Mohamed!
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Amazing! Come hungry!
Kelly M, Jan 2020
Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner
This was a perfect way to begin our trip. We tried such a variety of traditional food from olives to soups to tangina to snails and sweets! Our guide was full of great knowledge, tips and stories and did a great job integrating six Australians and Europeans with two of us and making it so much fun!
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An Excellent Experience
241ivan, Dec 2019
Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner
A memorable experience expertly guided through the labyrinth of streets into Aladin’s caves of bakeries and food stalls by the charismatic Omar imparting history and local knowledge with great skill and care.
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Fantastic
Barneyrubble21, Dec 2019
Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner
Fabulous few hours tasting and learning about the food of Morocco. Omar was a great guide and made sure that everyone was enjoying themselves. We tried pastries, savoury doughnuts, soup, snails and, of course, olives before a lovely dinner on a rooftop terrace. Go hungry is my advice, you won’t regret it. Very entertaining evening spent in the Médina
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Great evening in Marrakech
tkgs2016, Nov 2019
Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner
Great experience! the tour was a great way to experience the market, to stay away from tourist traps and discover nice places. Our guide was engaging and great!
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Food and market tour - Marrakech worth the effort.
DavidSHobart, Nov 2019
Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner
Good guide, good food experience, good company - this tour has it all. Value for money as well! An excellent experience.
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Excellent
candiceyharrison, Oct 2019
Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner
The tour guide was great, thoughtful and warmhearted. Toured the medina and had more than enough food. Would def too again. Be careful of pickpockets though!
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Excellent
GoPlaces111312, Sep 2019
Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner
Can't say anything bad it was a great experience with some great people. Omar was funny and had a lot of local knowledge

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The square is fun to visit at nighttime when the food stalls operate.

  • It can get very crowded, so keep an eye on your belongings.

  • If the square gets overwhelming, you can retreat for a mint tea in one of the rooftop cafes.

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How to Get There

Jemaa el-Fna square is in the center of the Marrakech Medina. The square is pedestrianized, but you can get a taxi to the southern edge, or visit the square as part of a tour.

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When to Get There

Activity in the square kicks off at sunset—during the day, there’s not much more than fruit stalls here. The best times to visit Marrakech are spring and fall, as the weather can be very hot in summer, with daytime temperatures of over 100°F (38°C) at times.

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Go Shopping in the Souks

The lanes leading off from the northern side of Jemaa el-Fna head into the warren-like complex of Marrakech's souks, or markets. Here you’ll find everything from rugs and pottery to beauty products, leather goods, and more for sale at stalls crowded with piles of goods. The items make great souvenirs, and haggling over prices is common practice here and even expected, but once you’ve agreed to a price you will be expected to purchase.

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