The Meknes souqs pale in comparison to those in Fez or Marrakesh, but there is a relative lack of hassle here. Unique to Meknes is the craft of damascene, black steel inlaid with intricate silver wire. There's a handful of good-value carpet shops opposite the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail.

Souqs & Qissariat

The lane just left of Dar Jamaï leads directly into the souqs, selling a mix of souvenirs and functional goods for locals. Off either side of the northbound lane (as well as east along Rue Nejjarine, past the Grande Mosquée) are qissariat, covered markets with stalls, many devoted to textiles and carpets. Friday to Sunday, look out for dealers from Amazigh villages auctioning fine wares to shop owners, or city dealers auctioning secondhand clothes to village women. Outside the western city wall, heading north from Bab Berrima, is a colourful souq selling spices, herbs and nuts, and street vendors selling new clothes and other new goods.