As I reflect on the shopping part of my Marrakech trip, thoughts of bold color, exquisite artistry, and fresh design inspiration come to mind. It seems we are in a Morocco fever moment here in the states, so I am happy to report back on all things magical from Marrakech. No trip there is complete without a foray into the medina, but consider booking a guide for your first jaunt. Because is it is so large and varied, t can be sensory overload and then some.
My partner in shopping crime, Editor at Large's Julia Noran and I visited two of the three main shopping areas while we were there. We took on the historic old-world souk in the medina and Gueliz, the newer, more metropolitan area. As we checked destinations off the list and raced around, I knew I had found my shopping doppelganger. Julia's shopping enthusiasm rivaled my own!
There are classic handcrafts and incredibly artistry worth seeking out. If you want special custom kaftans and rugs, you can find them, and have them made by special vendors. For a completely varied shopping experience, visit the amazing boutiques opened by French expats that have a more Western, sophisticated aesthetic.
I found Melissa Biggs Bradley's Indigare list to be invaluable, as I trust her exquisite taste and candid coverage. Below, I share an assortment of finds, both old and new, that capture the invigorating Marrakech shopping scene. Local style advisers, My Marrakesh blogger and author of the new Marrakech by Design, Maryam Montague, and old friend Caitlin Dowe-Sands of Popham Design tile company helped me find my footing once there.
FUNKY COLD MEDINA:
Colorful tassels in the medina
Savor the sights and sounds in the Grand Bazaar, the largest outdoor market in the world. Since it is a bit of a free for all, it can be overwhelming at first, so feel it out with a guide and then go back and explore on your own. The luscious plentiful displays are a great lesson in merchandising, and Moroccans want to welcome you with their beautifully bountiful wares.
MICHELLE BACCONIER BOUTIQUE:
Moor. A modern screen in the window and colorful kaftans lure you in, as do the all - white lanterns clustered overhead. They opened their first store, one of the first expat stores, Akbar Delights, in the medina in 2004. Boy oh boy, this store was like hitting the style jackpot. After the a so-so experience in the souk, it was refreshing to see such stunning design in a well-edited environment. It is worth seeking out these two standout stores in the neighborhood for fashion and home.
33 RUE MJORELLE:
THE JARDINS MAJORELLE BOUTIQUE:
Upon entering, this is what you see.
Need I say more?
Lanterns all aglow.
But wait, there are MORE.
Glassware by the yard.
Paintings and decorative objects make this soon-to-be Riad (boutique hotel) so special.
A courtyard with a wonderful fountain and garden statuary.
A filigreed brass lamp was so beautiful.
A heavy orange and turquoise dhurrie made this chair look sharp.
A seating area with everything you could need. If you see something you like, they ship stateside.
The cross merchandising was so enticing.
A skylight dome with an elaborate chandelier was a statement maker to be sure.
A red campaign chair and wooden frog? OK.
Colorful embroidered old and new textiles, many of which were from India.
On the first floor, Moroccan leather chests that would make perfect nightands.
How amazing are the colors of the leathers?
Green glazed pottery is available in every size imaginable.