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Jemaa el-Fnaa Market
Jemaa el-Fnaa Market

Jemaa el-Fnaa Market

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Marrakech, Morocco
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The main square in the Old City of Marrakech, this is still the place where tourists -- including domestic ones -- and locals go for cool, sweet juices during the day and story tellers, dancers, food ... Read more
and other entertainment at night. Imagine an open-air market melded with an old-fashioned town square where neighbors really do meet and mingle -- that's what this place is like. On one side of the square is a traditional market (a “souk”) on the other are cafes and charming little restaurants.

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Porto

The main square gains life at the end of the afternoon till night. Food, Souks, music , monkeys ... there’s all and a must go!

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Guanaja

How do you describe Jemaa el-Fnaa Market? The public square is a hive of activity day or night with street performers, dancers, storytellers, cobras swaying to the music, henna artists, souvenir vendors during the day.
At night magically transformed at night into rows of food stalls, where they are vying for your business and you are enticed to sit and have dinner. The atmosphere is electric and enticing and it is not to be missed.

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High Springs

This market is full of Moroccan culture and strange side show displays. With birds of prey, monkeys, Cobra charmers and more. Local street foods line the market. Fruit trucks, juice trucks and more. Anything you want to buy you can find there.

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Essaouira

A bustling market filled with fresh food and live music into the wee hours of the night. Alcohol does not appear to be sold anywhere on the premises.

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A multifaceted animation known for its shows and the cosmopolitan character of the crowds that frequent it, this place offers very varied atmospheres: snake charmers, acrobats, musicians, actors of theater, doctors, herbalists, astronomers ... this animation which gives to to see, each time in an improvised way, always renewed scenes. This cultural space, and place of mixing and exchange, is a means of communication, reflecting the historical depth of the heritage it conveys.

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Union City

Jemma el-Fna is a chaotic sensory experience that you cannot miss in Marrakech. There are so many sights and sounds and smells. It's wonderful. Be cognizant of your surroundings and be prepared for aggressive sales pitches. It's surreal around sunset, which seems to be the best time of day to go. If you're up for more adventure, wander the souks too.

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Visit Djemaa al Fna during the day to see snake charmers and acrobats on your way to the souks or the many restaurants bordering the square. Return at night to eat at the open air food stalls and see the square come to life with music and entertainment.

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Foster City

The famous town square of Marrakech, Jemaa l-Fna its a continuous day and night market place. During most of the days, perfomers of every kind put up their shows, continuing until the food stalls start to move in. The food is prepares from fresh on the spot, and you can choose between fish, meat or vegetable dishes. The concept is easy, you point at everything you desire, indicate the quantity and within few minutes it is there in front of you. Jemaa el-Fna owes most of its fame to the large number of spectacles going on all around all the time : Snake charmers, singers, story tellers and healers. When you keep walking past food stalls, and start seeing shops for clothes, you have entered the Medina of Marrakech, where there are stores for just about anything.

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Miravet

You can't truly experience Marrakech without visiting here at least once. This is a beating heart of a main square which still manages to conjure up the exotic sights, sounds and smells of the region in one place. For the first time visitor - especially at night - it can feel overwhelming: from snake charmers and story tellers to fire eaters and men selling live tortoises. Aside from these feasts for the senses, the real attractions are the night time stalls selling inexpensive and delicious street food, the fresh juice sellers and the grand cafes which line the square, a perfect spot for a mint tea and some serious people watching.

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This is a sight that has to be experienced.by day or night there is a throng of people trying to sell their wares. You need to be firm to avoid unwanted attention but thr sights and sounds are wonderful. The food stalls are an experience all on their own. We looked to wherever moroccans were eating and found the food was amazing. Use your hands to eat and the experience is superb and the merguez sausages are outstanding

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Singapore

A very busy and bustling place. Be prepared to encounter numerous touts. My friend and I chose to sit at a restaurant nearby to catch the amazing sunset and watch the crowds from afar. And it was indeed a wonderful recommendation by our guide!

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Marrakech

In Marrakech Jemaa El Fna or what is the same, " Plaza de los Muertos " or "Place of Judgment " little laughing so is his name

It is from the foundation of the city 's heart that makes beating fortunately times have changed and no longer heads of the executed were exiben , now every day brings together all the everyday and everything insolito city : Sellers of juices , lots tellers , musicians and dancers, water carriers ....

This square Intangible Heritage of Humanity is a great theater function morning , noon and night .

Come to know and enjoy this unique setting, with intense sunsets full of beauty and exoticism .

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A real must see in Marrakech. The environment is superb. The colours, the smell everything says Marrakech in this place! Really beautiful.

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London

There's no denying it would be a missed opportunity to visit Marrakech and not pay a visit to this exotic and hyperactive central square. It bursts with energy - sights, smells and sounds that overload the senses - and is packed with food stalls, snake charmers, gift sellers and more, all vying for your attention, and a share of the tourist goldmine... and this is where the real downside also presents itself. It won't take you long at all to realise that, although the history of this square is clearly evident (and fascinating), today this energy is focused intensely on your wallet. Here, more than anywhere else in Morocco, you will likely be relentlessly hassled to the point of exasperation by anyone with whom you make eye contact, and it doesn't take long for this to seriously detract from your enjoyment of the spectacle. For a much more amenable experience, retreat to one of the overlooking rooftops and enjoy the scene from a comfortable distance with a refreshing mint tea.

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Brooklyn

This spectacular square is the heart of the Medina and it beats loudly and with intensity. Tourists are certainly everywhere but the locals prevail and this spot delivers on being magical. Eat, drink and people watch. If you don't like snakes, avoid the music.

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Nizwa

Djemaa el Fna is the epitome of exotic. The sights, sounds and smells of Arabic Africa assault your senses at every turn. Snake charmers, soothsayers, amateur pugilists, roaming musicians and water bearers alike wander the food labyrinth stalls of smoke and fire serving everything from snail soup to sheep head sandwiches.

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New YORK!

Some snobby people write this place off as "touristy." I don't get it. Yes, of course, the place is crammed with tourists, because you can't go to Marrakech and skip the place, or even go anywhere without passing through it. But there are plenty of Moroccans here as well, and all the storytellers and snake charmers and just random weird people are doing their bits in Arabic, not in some pandering English-French mix. And it's a great place to see Moroccan families out and about.

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Halifax

This must be the most atmospheric town square on the planet. The sights, sounds and smells have to be experienced. It takes on a different, yet completely entrancing, personality after dark.

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Sydney

Insanity at it's finest! This is the heart of the city where you can see and breathe in all sorts of sights and smells. I was constantly surprised as each day we manages to have a different experience even though we kept coming to the same square. The transformation from day to night is completely different. During the day see street performers, snake charmers, odds and ends being sold, henna artists and the streets busy as can be. At night a large part of the square is turned into an open air restaurant. There are storytellers, comedians, games, musicians and of course henna ladies and plenty of people who want your money!

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Roscrea

Early evening there possibly one of the most evocative experiences ever, for the senses and the mind. Returned after 10 years to find that this was still very real, has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

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