Shopping in Southern Morocco & Western Sahara

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Agadir

    Souq Al Had

    A massive, rambling jumble of over 6,000 stalls with all the atmosphere you'd want from the largest souq in the region. On offer are spices, pottery, produce and even garments for the mosque or football practice. If something doesn't fit, drop it off at a tailor on the outskirts of the souq – he'll knock it into shape right quick.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Taroudant

    Souq Arabe

    The main souq, also known as the grand souq, has wonderful antique leather goods, textiles and jewellery shops hidden in the quiet streets. It's slightly more high-pressure than the Souq Berbère, but this is still Taroudant: everything is pretty chill.

  • Shopping in Agadir

    Marché Central

    This covered, breezy market will appeal to fans of Brutalist architecture; it's all concrete and corrugated metal. Inside, it's a mix of leather tailors at work and vendors insisting there will be 'no hassle' if only you step into their shops. There are some great finds here though, including Tuareg jewellery, pottery and all manner of djellabas and caftans. If shopping makes you peckish, there's a simple snack bar and fruit vendor on the mezzanine.

  • Shopping in Agadir

    Ensemble Artisanal

    Over a dozen vendors, spread out over two large blue-and-white Brutalist souqs, sell some of the finest crafts in Agadir. Fine leatherwork (everything from jackets to card holders), pottery, Amazigh (Berber) jewellery, carved wooden pieces and daggers are all on offer here. After shopping, you can drop into a shaded chair in the central courtyard and plan your next move.

  • Shopping in Tafraoute

    Maison du Troc

    A good range of Amazigh (Berber) and Tuareg products, including pottery, jewellery, blankets and camel-wool kilims (carpets). Products are sourced from across the Anti Atlas region, not just locally. Proprietor Mohamed is a great source of knowledge on the area, and stocks a range of hiking and climbing books and area maps (from Dh150).

  • Shopping in Tiznit

    Bijouterie Bab Alkhmis

    A good selection for traditional silver and Berber handicrafts. Proprietor Mohammed has good knowledge of tribal jewellery variations and a sly sense of humour. Bring your bargaining skills, but don't forget you're also paying for the fun experience of chatting with him.

  • Shopping in Tiznit

    Trésor du Sud

    Jewellery shops are found along Ave Sidi Abderhman, the main road through the medina. At the top, Trésor du Sud is not the cheapest, but the work is good and it deals in hallmarked solid silver.

  • Shopping in Tafraoute

    Au Coin des Nomades

    Amazigh (Berber) handiwork and local souvenirs at reasonable prices. Hours are sporadic, but adjacent shopkeepers usually phone owner Houssine Laroussi if he is not around.

  • Shopping in Tiznit

    Jewellery Souq

    With its long history of silversmiths, the jewellery souq has some of southern Morocco's best work. It’s a pleasant place to wander, with blue-doored shops and windows full of silverware. Some of the jewellery is made in Tiznit and some from Saharan tribes to the south. You'll need time to look around and bargain to get the best prices.

  • Shopping in Agadir

    Tafoukt Souq

    A touristy but well-located blue-and-white bazaar with everything from pottery to football tops and pool toys. In the centre are some surprisingly attractive green-tiled planters.There's also a handy mini-supermarket selling snacks, souvenirs and beer and liquor.

  • Shopping in Tiznit

    Ensemble Artisanal

    If you're after more modern-looking silver jewellery, the artisans assembled at this neo-souq ply their shiny wares in brightly lit display cases. There's a lot to choose from and there's little pressure to buy.

  • Shopping in Taroudant

    Sunday Morning Souq

    This large market, held outside Bab El Khemis north of the kasbah, brings in people from the whole region. It's worth a visit for local flavour, and to pick up produce for self-catering or long transits.

  • Shopping in Sidi Ifni

    Miel Afoulki

    The shop of Miel Afoulki, a honey cooperative, sells some extraordinary local flavours, including orange and euphorbia. Hours are flexible, but someone usually shows up to let visitors in.

  • Shopping in Tafraoute

    Maison Tuareg

    Stocks Berber and Tuareg carpets, jewellery and souvenirs from the Atlas, Rif and Sahara. Shopkeep Saïd is a shrewd salesman: we dare you to leave his shop empty-handed.

  • Shopping in Sidi Ifni

    Tafyoucht Cooperative

    This women’s cooperative produces oil and cosmetic products from the versatile argan tree. Opening hours are flexible, but visitors are made to feel welcome.

  • Shopping in Tafraoute

    Souq

    A lively weekly souq takes place near Hôtel Salama. Small dealers sometimes sell Berber carpets here.

  • Shopping in Dakhla

    Complexe d'Artisanat de Dakhla

    This is less a complex and more a few dusty floors under continuous construction overseen by a bored security guard. At time of writing there was one brightly lit jewelry store and one carpet shop, and several dozen shops waiting to be rented. The structure itself is quite grand, and is the most interesting thing about the place.

  • Shopping in Taroudant

    Souq Berbère

    Also known as the marché municipal (central market), this souq, on the south side of Place An Nasr, serves as the shopping centre for workaday Taroudant: trainers, mobile phone accessories, exercise gear, pots, pans and so on. It's a great window into local life, and who knows, maybe you'll find a colander you love.

  • Shopping in Anti Atlas Mountains

    Coopérative Souktana du Safran

    Founded in 1979, the largest and oldest of Taliouine’s saffron cooperatives has 160 members (four are women). The centre is nothing much to visit itself, but there is a small display of saffron products (soaps and creams) and argan oil, as well as a 30-minute informational video.

  • Shopping in Sidi Ifni

    Jardin du Perle

    Beads for DIY jewellery make this boutique, run by the friendly owner of Hôtel Suerte Loca, a unique shopping stop in southern Morocco. She also trades in the more predictable caftans, tea services and other Arabesque objets.