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Local Experts: Marrakesh, Maryam Montague

By Local Expert Maryam Montague

5 Best things to do on the Jemma el Fnaa Square in Marrakesh

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Drink some juice

Drink some juice

Ahem, long before the juicing craze hit America and Europe, there were the juice sellers on the Jemma el-Fnaa Square.  Fresh squeezed orange juice is the staple, but grapefruit juice can also be had for double the price.  A smile will get you a half refill for free.

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Check out the herbalists/folk pharmacists/witch doctors

Check out the herbalists/folk pharmacists/witch doctors

Call them what you will, but if you have an ill, it might be cured with a stop here.  On display are bundled herbs, unidentified bones, snake skins, dried lizards, ostrich eggs and more.  Come for a one-of-a-kind consultation.  No appointments needed.

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Watch the snake charming

Watch the snake charming

Not just the stuff of storybooks but real—you’ll find the snake charmers charming their cobras and showing off their pythons at various spots on the Square.  The charmers are thought to be protected by Baraka, a type of divine blessing and magic rolled into one.  

4
Dine at the food court

Dine at the food court

Come about 6pm, much of the Square begins to transform itself into a large open air food court with picnic tables.  Sellers vie for your attention from the numbered booths.  Choose from plenty of offerings, from kebabs and salads, to sheep’s head and snails.  

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Be entertained

Be entertained

In the evening, my Moroccan friends can often be found at the square listening to storytelling (in Arabic), playing games (involving strength challenges or hand-eye coordination), listening to the musicians, or watching the transvestite dancers. Come with change in your pocket, as this is how these folks make a living. 


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Watch the snake charming
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