Haggling in the street markets in Marrakech is a big part of the fun of Morocco. Yet, I prefer the relaxing alternative – Ensemble Artisanal. It is a Moroccan crafts complex sponsored by the local government.
L’Ensemble Artisanal located close to the main Jemaa el Fna square, across from Cyber Park. Follow the Muhammed V avenue towards Gueliz. In 5 min fast walk you find the place.
L’Ensemble Artisanal complex features a variety of shops with an integrated open working places. There, you can buy: housewares, furniture, music instruments, clothes, fabrics, paintings, drawings, carpets, cosmetics, oils, ceramic mosaics, leather products, jewellery, shoes, bags, wooden sculptures etc.
In the courtyard of the complex, there is a small café, toilet and an ATM. This peaceful oasis is a perfect spot to hide from the summer heat. While drinking a glass of fresh orange juice, you can also get a henna drawing (50 Dh/around 4,50 euro).
The fixed prices in Ensemble Artisanal can be slightly higher than in the Souks. But the profit goes to the local producers, so I don’t mind paying. If you buy more goodies, the sellers will be happy to make a small discount. Or please you with a small present.
Ensemble Artisanal is a perfect place to get familiar with the local goodies prices. In Ensemble Artisanal you can buy the babouche for around 70 Dh (6 euro), while in the street markets for the same you might be asked 5 times more!
Have a great time exploring the Ensemble Artisanal!