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Jemaa el-Fnaa

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Mellah

Both are praised by reviewers writing for major publications. On balance, Jemaa el-Fnaa ranks significantly higher than Mellah. Jemaa el-Fnaa ranks #1 in Marrakech with endorsements from 8 sources including Afar Magazine, concierge.com and Lonely Planet.

Both are praised by reviewers writing for major publications. On balance, Jemaa el-Fnaa ranks significantly higher than Mellah. Jemaa el-Fnaa ranks #1 in Marrakech with endorsements from 8 sources including Afar Magazine, concierge.com and Lonely Planet.

tripexpert score
97
#1 in Marrakech
location

Central square at entrance to market, Marrakech, Morocco

endorsements
  • 12 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    The carnivalesque open square right at the center of the medina is Marrakesh's heartbeat and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    Bag a ringside seat to observe the oboe-playing snake charmers... acrobats turning back flips to riotous applause, and fire breathers spouting flames into the night sky. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    Everywhere you look in the Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh’s main square and open-air theatre, you’ll discover drama already in progress. Full Review →

  • 12

    Travel + Leisure

    When ordering at the stalls, employ afek (“please”) and shukran (“thank you”) when ordering. You can also add in la deed (“delicious”) if you want to earn a smile. Full Review →

  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    There are no shortage of superlatives to be seen, heard, smelled, tasted and felt here. Full Review →

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79
#12 in Marrakech

Marrakech, Morocco

  • 4 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's

    As in other Moroccan cities, the Mellah is the old Jewish quarter, once a small, walled-off city within the city. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 33

    The present Mellah, renamed Hay Essalam, is much smaller and almost entirely Muslim. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet

    The mellah remains notable for tall mudbrick homes along single-file streets and cross-alley gossip through wrought-iron balconies. Full Review →

  • 12

    Travel + Leisure

    In addition to the area’s historical importance, you’ll find a good variety of shops here. This is where I go to buy fabrics and beautiful trims and notions. Full Review →

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