One of the greatest appeals of Marrakesh is their "souks" or market. The alleys and streets are festooned with color as shops hang their colorful camel leather bags and shoes, silk and polyester shawls, exotic spices and scents and curious trinkets.
Shopaholics will enjoy the game of haggling as they try to get the best bargains for beautiful and artistically made Moroccan products. The usual game begins with the vendor giving a price. The buyer is recommended to begin his/her bid at 1/10th of the price. The haggling goes back and forth until both parties find an agreeable price.
My biggest haggling success was getting an originally priced 400 dirham camel leather shoes to 80 dirhams. I was not as lucky with my bag purchases which dropped from 400 dirhams to 100 dirhams. Nonetheless, I am pretty satisfied with the bargain I was able to make. :)
If you prefer photography to shopping, you can't get any better than the souk! The vibrant colors of the dry goods and spices is the perfect contrast to the brownish-reddish color that predominantly surrounds Marrakesh. Spices shaped in cones. Shoes covering entire walls. Bags hanging in the air. Even the people walking or manning the shops in their traditional wear can make any photographer's heart leap with quiet joy!
Those who prefer eating, there are lots of stalls which sells different kinds of dried fruits and nuts. While I did not find myself a fan of dates, I lost my usual distaste for raisins and enjoyed Moroccan raisins quite good. The dried apricots weren't that bad either. The prices range from 40-120 dirhams depending on the kind of nuts and fruits you would like.
Even those who just prefer to observe or like a bit of adventure would enjoy their time at the souk. Vendors often try to attract tourist's attention, sometimes to a point that some may find offensive though I merely found it amusing and took it as part of Marrakesh's charm. The activity that goes on in the souk is as colorful as the wares being sold in it. The hustle and bustle of the souks is what makes the visit there the most interesting.
A word of caution though. Stories of pickpockets flourish in Morocco for a reason. Don't allow yourself to fall victim to their quick hands. As much as possible keep your valuables close to you and in a place you can easily see. Looking like you have no idea what you are doing won't do you good in a place as exciting as Marrakesh!