Although the Marrakech souks offer the best in affordable, handcrafted gifts we thought we’d highlight some higher end retail outlets in Marrakech so as to provide a fuller picture of the Marrakech shopping experience.
Akkal – the young Belgian artist, Charlotte Barkowski, produces contemporary Marrakech pottery based on traditional techniques at her Akkal workshop in Marrakech. Along with lamps, vases and tea/coffee sets, you’ll also find some lovely fabrics by the renowned Valérie Barkowski. (Mon – Sat 322 zone industrielle, Sidi Ghanem, Route de Safi)
Intensité Nomade – looking for an haute couture Marrakech kaftan? Here, in the commercial centre, Guéliz, Frédérique Birkemeyer displays some upbeat versions of the kaftan, one of them even styled as army camouflage! Silk-screened pop art T-shirts are also for sale. (On the corner of Av Avenue Mohammed V and Rue de la Liberté)
Ministero del Gusto – founded by Italian design duo Fabrizio Bizarri and Alessandra Lippini in 1998, Ministero del Gusto is a modern art gallery in Marrakech, a showroom doubling as a design studio. One-off items of furniture and jewellery by artists from around the world are exhibited. (El Mouassine Marrakech)
Lineaire-B Cosmetics – buy eucalyptus-scented savon noir, rose-scented mineral clay at Lineaire-B Cosmetics in Marrakech and other organic products, all labelled using distinctive calligraphy. This is the place to stock up on goods that will make any bath a luxury. (El Houda, Street Moulay Ali in Guéliz)
La Porte d’Or – situated in Souk Semmarine, Marrakech, La Porte d’Or is a well-established showcase for furniture, rugs, jewellery and pottery. Pick up a hand-carved antique in cedar or an authentic Berber rug.
Remember – Marrakech shopping is more than just ‘the souks’. Looking outside the city walls, in and around the modern commercial area, brings ample rewards in terms of some wonderful, and often unique, handcrafted items to decorate your home.