Before I left for Morocco I made myself a little list for my shopping in Marrakech as one has to do when traveling to a country like Morocco, full of stuff that you would want to stuff your home with. I had to ignore my friend’s request for a Berber carpet in neon colors for transport space reasons as I was on a mission to finally get plates and glasses for my future home.
Needless to say, options are plentiful in the souks of Marrakech and that’s exactly my problem. Choices overwhelm me and so does bartering. While I was once told that I haggle like a Berber and I know it’s a compliment, I only enjoy it so much. I don’t like pushy shop people and while I guess it is supposed to be in my female DNA, the whole concept of shopping as an enjoyable activity is somewhat lost on me. So the first time I came to Marrakech I was almost in tears after I left the souks and yes, I was empty handed.
Shopping in Marrakech – This is how it’s done!
With that said, I literally know my way around the Marrakech souk by now and can manage. However, I do love the fact more that there are a few new concept stores that have popped up over the last couple of years in city, some of the best shops in Marrakech. They make the shopping in Marrakech enjoyable even for me and do a great job of putting together a well-curated collection of all things pretty.
One of my favorites is Chabi Chic which has two locations, two of the best shops in Marrakech: one in the medina, right by the Places des Epices (rez-de-chaussée du Restaurant Nomad; 1, Derb Arjan, Place des Epices) and one opposite Jardin Majorelle (salon du 33 Majorelle et restaurant Kaowa; 33, rue Yves Saint Laurent).
The shop comes with the tagline #lechiccestchabichic and their own line of ceramics, mint tea kits, a small range of gourmet salts, oils and spices and some fun Keep Calm and… posters. Brought to life by Marrakech natives, Vanessa Di Mino and Nadia Christmas, the line merges traditional Moroccan lifestyle with a contemporary twist.
They also offer a great range of oils, spices, and rubs which make for the yummiest shopping in Marrakech and great gifts for someone who likes cooking. Definitely get their amazing harissa which they offer with red or green peppers.
And while, yes, their prices are higher than what you would pay after a good bit of haggling in the Marrakech souk and they have some items you can find almost anywhere, I do think they are a wonderful alternative if you are a bit wary of bringing out your inner Berber. And in case you forgot something while you were there, they do have a website and an online shop, albeit only in French and shipping within Morocco for now.
I managed my own shipping, how I do not know, but everything came back with me in one piece so I can proudly say #mychabichicceststillchic and that I too can keep calm and shop.
Have you been shopping in Marrakech? Any tips?
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