Meknes in detail


While the souqs of Meknes aren’t as extensive as those of Fez or Marrakesh, the lack of hassle can make them a relaxed place to potter around looking for souvenirs. A particular speciality of Meknes is silver damascene, where metalwork is intricately inlaid with silver wire. There's a handful of good-value carpet shops opposite the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail.

Souqs & Qissariat

There are many qissariat (covered markets) in Meknes. A couple of these are devoted to textiles and carpets, which are noisily auctioned off on Sunday mornings. Okchen Market (auctions happen around 2pm) specialises in fine embroidery. On Rue Najjarine, leading away from the Medersa Bou Inania, you’ll pass stalls of babouches (leather slippers) in multicoloured rows. Outside the western city wall, heading north from Bab Berrima, there's a colourful souq selling spices, herbs and nuts, and a lively marché aux puces (flea market).