Bab El Khemiss Flea-market, one of my favorite addiction in Morocco.
Bab El Khemis translate to the door of Thursday, in the old days the city had a great wall and doors which they still exist today, this door was named Thursday referring to the weekly market that use to take place every Thursday. The original name of this door was Bab Fes as this is the road that leads to Fes. Today the market is vibrant and alive on most days except Fridays, weekends and Thursdays are the best days to visit and find great deals.
The souk or the flea market consists of two parts, the covered and the open space part, many visitors are not aware of the covered part. Vendors here are chilled and allow visitors to look around and ask questions, in other words, they are not pushy compared with other places in the old medina. However, it is still the same practice here: “haggling” is important and necessary here in Souk Bab El Khemis.
If you are a collector of vintage items; you will find many pieces scattered around in addition to few shops that carry only items from that era. Antique pieces are available and sometimes overlooked by many shoppers.
The market is “THE” place to shop if you are searching for that old Moroccan door, old Handira, clocks, old keys or records. It is like you have just found Ali Baba’s cave, from silver to brass to leather to glassware to magic carpets
If you are in Marrakech or planning to visit soon, you do not want to miss this journey into the past. Drop me a line to arrange for one of a kind tour of the biggest flea market in and around Marrakech.