In addition to its fascinating historic and cultural sites, lush gardens and parks, and varied day trip opportunities, Marrakesh is a fantastic place for those looking to pick up some terrific bargains. The lively souks (markets) in the medina attract many, with traditional items, spices, clothing, and souvenirs galore. Gueliz boasts numerous high-end boutiques and shopping centres, perfect for those seeking the security of fixed-price shopping over the frenetic haggling in the souks. Truly dedicated shopaholics also add Quartier Industrial Sidi Ghanem to their bucket list.
About Quartier Industrial Sidi Ghanem
Sidi Ghanem is the industrial heart of Marrakesh. It is also a magnet for designers, both local and foreign. Artists and craftspeople work hard within their concrete workshops and many goods are produced for export. Visitors can see how items are made, browse the diverse stores and showrooms, and take a break in one of the area’s charming restaurants or cafés. Large warehouses and factories are spread through the area too. While it certainly isn’t the most photogenic of places in the Red City, Sidi Ghanem is, nevertheless, a great place for shopping.
Where to shop in Sidi Ghanem
The shops and boutiques sell an array of locally made, modern goods, generally produced to a high standard. Textiles, furnishings, decorative objects, and clothing are among the items you’ll find here.
Items for the home
Akkal specialises in hand-made pottery with minimalist designs. Loun is another top shop for pottery and ceramics. Keros offers a wide range of room scents to keep any home or hotel smelling great. Nihal stocks beautiful woven items, including cushion covers, slippers, curtains, and wall hangings.
Magasin Generale is a favourite outlet for those looking for chic and stylish furnishings, while Amira’s candles add the finishing touches to any elegant room. The large Maison Fenyadi stocks a large choice of homewares, from tableware and candles to towels and bedding.
Modern fashion for both men and women can be found at Salima Abdel Wahab. Items are made using traditional Moroccan materials, with modern twists when it comes to the designs. Topolina is another great choice for people who want to make a statement with their trendy garments.
Looking for a great gift for a child? Head to Zid Zid Kids. Natus is a prime spot for some TLC for the hair and body. Selling natural cosmetics, body products, and hair treatments, Argan oil products are especially sought after.
Tips for visiting Sidi Ghanem
Located a short drive (around five kilometres) from the heart of Marrakesh, Sidi Ghanem is easily reached by taxi. Agree on a round-trip price before setting off.
Many shops and workrooms are closed over the weekend and on Friday afternoons. While each individual store has its own opening hours, you’ll generally find most places open if you visit Monday to Thursday, between 10AM and 4PM.
Most shops have fixed prices for goods, and haggling isn’t expected or welcomed. If you are buying a lot of items, however, it is well worth asking politely about the possibility of a bulk discount. Do be aware that because many pieces are made for export, the prices can be higher than elsewhere around the city.
Find a showroom that offers free maps of the district to make navigating your way around a bit easier.