Deciding what to buy in Morocco can sometimes be overwhelming. The thing is, there are so many things you can shop and bring back home. And if you are on a budget or have a limited luggage weight, it can be a little bit difficult to narrow your options with all the beautiful Moroccan products you can find. If you have ever been in a Moroccan souk, you know what I mean. The question: what to buy in Morocco quickly becomes what not to buy in Morocco, as you are surrounded by Moroccan shops full of treasures asking to be explored.
Personally, I often exceed my budget (and my luggage weight!) but I never regret it. All the products I buy are really useful and, once back home, they remind me of Morocco for months and even years. Besides, Moroccan gifts & souvenirs are anything but boring, they make very thoughtful presents, and they are quite affordable. If you are planning on doing some serious shopping in Morocco, I share all the crispy details in my ebook Shopping in Morocco – Best Products and How Much to Pay This ebook is a real bible to shopping in Morocco, with a lot of useful information and tips on every item you can purchase.
If you are curious about the things you can find, here is an overview of the best things you can find in Morocco. You might ask why all the hype? Well, the best about shopping in Morocco is that you can find beautiful traditional handcrafted items. Most craftsmen are passionate about what they are doing and some families run their workshops for generations. The materials used are often of high quality, including leather, silver, cupper. I love handmade products, and the Moroccan ones are so authentic and valuable.
Shopping in Morocco: The Moroccan Market & the Souks
Moroccan Markets are of two major kinds. The Souks for buying food-related products, and the Medina, for buying lifestyle products like clothing, home decor & jewelry. This being said, It is not unusual to find some food products in the Medina, like spices & herbs. Which make the Medina the real heartbeat of most Moroccan cities.
If you are planning on shopping in the Moroccan Markets (lucky you!), the Medina will probably be your best shot, as it encompasses most of the things you might be interested in. The most important thing is to understand the hidden rules of Moroccan markets, so you shop smartly and avoid scams. Before I share with you a list of the items to buy in Morocco, let’s see first the most important aspects to keep in mind while shopping in the Moroccan Markets!
The first thing to remember before shopping in Morocco is that there are A LOT of counterfeit products. I mean, it’s not unusual to have middle-class Moroccan women wearing Louis Vuitton handbags, Gucci belts, Versace scarves, and Chanel Sunglasses, all at the same time. It even gets crazier with Louis Vuitton Djellabas and Louis Vuitton traditional Moroccan slippers (baboosh). I bet the founder of Louis Vuitton would be very surprized to see all the Moroccan products that have the LV stamp on them.
But most importantly, counterfeiting in Morocco also targets handcrafted Moroccan products, which saddens me at a high level. In fact, Moroccan markets, like most markets around the worlds, are open to Chinese and Indian imported products. Which means that not all the products you might find in the souks would be locally made. I recently went to Marrakech Medina (the local souk) and was surprised by how the Indian imported products could be mistaken for the Moroccan ones.
Another thing to remember is that, unless you shop from supermarkets or stores where the prices are displayed, it is possible to negotiate the prices with the vendors. Bargaining is a common game in Morocco so don’t be shy to play it. Most of the time, vendors will give a slightly higher price knowing that the consumer will likely ask for a reduction. It can sometimes get tricky especially when you don’t know the average price tag for a product, so for more details, check my ebook where I give price ranges for many Moroccan items.
Now that you know what you can expect, here are some of the best items you can shop in Morocco.
What to Buy in Morocco | The Best Items, Moroccan Gifts & Souvenirs
Spices and dry herbs
Moroccan cuisine is full of spices and herbs, which gives it delicious flavors that stick in the mind. If like me, you buy your spices from your local supermarket, believe me, buying some of your herbs and spices from Morocco is a really great deal. Not only the prices are SO much cheaper, but the products are of a much higher quality.
If you don’t know what spices to buy, check my post about the spices used in Moroccan cuisine.
Unfortunately, you can’t bring home every piece of food you tried in Morocco (if only that was possible right?). The good news is, there are some Moroccan food products that keep well for days and even weeks. Some traditional pastries, like Gazelle corns, Fekkas and Chebakkia, are extremely delicious and can conserve for 2 weeks in the fridge, sometimes even more.
Moroccan Beauty Products
Moroccan women love using natural beauty products to take care of their skin and hair. If you want to try their routine, get some Henna to color your hair naturally or some black soap to exfoliate your skin deeply. If you love taking care of yourself, I promise you will love discovering and trying Moroccan natural beauty products.
Clay pots and Tagines, traditional teapots, silverware, beautifully decorated tea glasses, … you have so many things to choose from. The best items are handmade and use raw materials like clay, glass or durable materials like stainless steel.
The choices are infinite and will add to your kitchen a colorful and exotic touch.
Check my post about how to choose a good Moroccan teapot.
Home Decor Items
If you love decorating your house and finding interesting pieces, Moroccan markets will be like exploring an Alibaba cavern. Moroccan rugs, carpets, blankets, copper chandeliers, decorated pillows, fancy mirrors, golden lamps, traditional clay pots, and so much more. The hardest part will be to choose and stop yourself from buying, otherwise, you won’t be able to get everything in your suitcase. Which happened to me many times, for real.
That’s basically where my shopping gets out of control. Moroccan jewelry is gorgeous and there are so many models to chose from. You can have handmade designs made with fancy materials like silver and gold, as well as cheaper but good quality replicas that can last for years. Check my post about Moroccan jewelry for further details.
Moroccan Traditional Clothing
I have talked about traditional Moroccan clothing in my previous post about how to dress in Morocco. If you love experimenting in fashion, there are many Moroccan fashion items that are GORGEOUS and that can look extremely stylish. I grew up in my aunt’s sewing shop playing with fabrics and colors and now, there is nothing I enjoy more than shopping traditional Moroccan clothes and wearing them back home on multiple occasions.
Morocco is known for its traditional tanneries where good quality leather is made. So, in most Moroccan Medinas you will find handmade leather items like handbags, travel bags, shoes, and poufs. As I mentioned earlier, it’s important to check that those products are not counterfeits and that they are really made in Morocco. I have purchased many Moroccan leather items across the years and they are still in perfect shape and so beautiful. A really great investment! Honestly, there is nothing like handcrafted Moroccan products.
The Bible of Shopping in Morocco
What you really need to know to avoid scams & save money
That Moroccan silver dress is gorgeous!! I am in love
thank you thank you
I learned so much reading your ebook. I am from the US and the energy of Moroccan markets is new to me. As you said, once you know how much everything costs, you are half way there. I can’t thank you enough!
Response from Moroccan Zest
Oh, thank you, Meg! I hope you enjoy your trip and come back with beautiful Moroccan souvenirs.
thanks for the tips!
I had flight reservations with only a carry on … what a mistake! thanks to you I will upgrade my luggage plan and avoid the additional fees. So excited to be in Morocco. counting the days ….
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I am going to spend some serious money in Morocco lol. But as you said, the pieces are a great investment. Is it possible to know if your ebook gives advice on buying Moroccan poufs?
Response from Moroccan Zest
Hi Jude! yes, of course 😉
Just got your ebook!
can’t wait to read it, thank you for all the useful tips
Response from Moroccan Zest
Oh, I am so happy about that! xx