Shopping in Morocco
If you are looking for souvenirs from Morocco you should read this.
It's very difficult to choose what to buy in Morocco, since it's a shopping destination. In fact, a large percentage of the visitors to this country mainly go for shopping. The great variety and quality of its crafts in carpets, ceramics, leather goods, costume jewellery, textiles, etc., attracts millions of tourists every year.
Of all the typical products of Morocco, craftsmanship occupies a very prominent place. Bear in mind that yes, bargaining is mandatory, because it is part of the idiosyncrasy of the country. Although it can be exhausting, bargaining is a national tradition which is impossible to avoid.
If you want to find the best souvenirs in Morocco, crafts is one of the most important industries in the country. The list of things to buy in Morocco is so immense that we cannot cover everything, so we will try to highlight the best:
Furniture made of cedar wood, Tazenakht rugs and bedspreads, textiles (djellaba, kaftans, aprons, shawls, handkerchiefs and embroidery). You also have basketry, cane raffia, copper crafts, tin and brass, and wood crafts. Inside the leather goods you will find everything from dresses to shoes, via cushions, bags, wallets, boxes, and a lot more besides. Gold and silver are also finely worked products to form incredible jewels.
Also among the typical products of Morocco are the glass crafts: glasses for tea, vases, mirrors and even lamps. Don't forget the craftsmanship of wax, candles, candle holders, lanterns and containers for all tastes. Likewise, clay pottery is a whole craft industry with vases, jars, pots, dishes, tiles and a myriad of objects.
Music lovers will be delighted to buy musical instruments: El Tebilat (twin drums), primitive guitars and flutes, and other instruments typical of Moroccan music. If you are a lover of fossils, you will enjoy buying dishes, watches, ashtrays and all kinds of stone objects with fossils inside.
As you may have noticed, the list of souvenirs in Morocco is long and varied. Make sure you leave enough time on your trip for shopping, or you won't know where to start. But let's continue, there's still a lot to discover.
Typical food of Morocco
On your trip to Morocco, there are two star products in terms of food: couscous and green tea. You can get these two typical Moroccan products at a very good price and at very good quality. You also have nuts, such as dates, figs, almonds or peanuts.
The traditional sweets of Almond and Honey are almost obligatory if you like sweet food. Pastes such as gazelle horn, Feqqas, Ghoriba and Chubarkia, along with hazelnut nougat and candies, are great options.
Another of the products which you buy in Morocco for its great quality and world fame are natural oils. Argan oil from Essaouira and Agadir Taroudant is one of the most valued products for its healing properties. Other natural oils which you can find are the oil of the Chumbo fig, "Ashira", which is used as a natural botox. Olive oil, especially from Ouezzane, Meknes, Essaouira (Chiadma), and the Mouluya Valley. And finally almond oil, very sought after for its aesthetic properties.
Following on with the things to buy in Morocco, spices are another of the typical products which are most bought. There is a wide variety of spices such as oregano, cinnamon, spicy paprika, chilli pepper, fennel, sesame or clove. Don't miss the verbenas for tea, capers, coriander, thyme or cumin, to name a few.
You can buy the spices by weight separately or mixed, in different combinations depending on the use you want to make of them. Saffron is one of the spices par excellence of the country; the variety produced in the Atlas in the south of the country is the best quality and the most economical.
In Morocco, numerous perfumes based on plant extracts are made. What better Moroccan souvenir than a perfume of Rosa de Mgoumna. If you don't like the scent of roses, don't worry, you can have them with extracts of citrus blossom, Chamomile, Mint, Lavender, Thyme, Jasmine, Apple and even Oregano.
Creams for skin and hair made from the famous Argan oil, or Nopal, are another of the things to buy in Morocco which will be popular with friends and family. You also have soaps and shampoos, made of almonds, honey or different types of natural oils.
The magic lipsticks are another of the most well-known attractions; what's unique about these lipsticks is that the colour changes according to the temperature of the lips. In addition, they are made with natural oils and not only give shine, but also moisturise.
The famous Henna, a dye which is obtained by the extraction of several typical plants from the oasis of Tazarine and the valley of Ourika. This dye is used as a beauty product for hair, but also to make complicated and beautiful temporary tattoos. Saharan women use it a lot to tattoo their hands and feet as a symbol of beauty and status.
As you can see, there are too many things to buy in Morocco. You will have to carry an empty suitcase just for shopping; the price and the quality of the Moroccan products are unbeatable.