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Though a smaller and lesser popular city than other Moroccan cities of Marrakech and Fes, Rabat in no way, provides a less enchanting shopping experience. Being the capital of Morocco, this ancient city which boasts a glorious history is rife with amazing shops selling crafts, souvenirs, carpets, spices and many more things. Here is the list of 7 best markets to shop in Rabat.
1. Ensemble Artisanal
Ensemble Artisanal, which is located in Old Medina is a fixed price shop which sells a variety of crafts. This market has been existing since the ancient times, and is frequented by both the locals and tourists, who visit this place for souvenirs and gifts.
- Name: Ensemble Artisanal
- Opening hour: 9:30AM–12:30PM, 3–7PM
- Address: Blvd Tariq al-Marsa, Rabat, Morocco
- Phone: +212 5377-02392
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The medina of Rabat is a great shopping place. You can explore the market without any hassle from shopkeepers, which is quite a nice change from Tangier and Fes. Since most of the shoppers are locals in Medina, the prices are relatively lower than in places. Though there are mostly domestic goods in the market, walking along the local crowd can be an exciting experience.
- Name: Medina
- Address: Medina, Rabat
- Opening hour: 8 am – 11:00 pm
3. Rue Souk as Sabbat
Rue Souk as Sabbat is a place where you will find a lot of small shops that offer musical instruments, jellabahs, footwear, modern clothing, jewelry, and babouches. Ben Hamou Metloub is a famous shop situated on the corner of Rue Bab Chellah which sells trinkets and curios. Other items which are sold here are ancient trade beads, gemstones, darbuka drums, fossils,kif pipes, tambourines, walking sticks, and leather wallets.
- Name: Rue Souk as Sabbat
- Address: Rue Souika, Rabat, Morocco
- Opening hour: 9 am – 9 pm
4. Rue des Consuls
Rue des Consuls, which is Rabat’s main shopping street sells handicrafts from all parts of Morocco, such as Fassi pottery and Marrakchi leatherwear, along with locally made babouches, jellabahs, carpets, and colored-hide lamps. Rabat carpets, which are known for its fine quality were traditionally made in workshops in the kasbah and medina.
- Name: Rue des Consuls
- Address: Rue des Consuls, Rabat, Morocco
- Opening hour: 9:30 am – 11:00 pm
5. Maryline Bottero
On the corner of rue el Harrarine and rue des Consuls is the small boutique of French potter Marylene Bottero. Her brightly colored creations come in different forms, from tagines and teacups to cloth bags and lampshades. Marilyn also conducts innovative workshops for both kids and adults.
- Name: Maryline Bottero
- Address: 19, Rue Ouled Bousbaa Rabat
- Opening hour: 9 am – 6:00 pm
- Phone: +212 679 781526
- Website: http://www.marylinebottero.com/
6. Kasbah des Oudaïas
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Kasbah des Oudaïas is situated towards the end of the kasbah’s main street. It is a fascinating art gallery, inside which you’ll find original artworks from local artists and photographers, as well as a wide range of different size prints the depicting everyday life in Morocco. There’s also a variety of souvenir books and information booklets of upcoming cultural events.
- Name: Kasbah des Oudaïas
- Address: Kasbah des Oudaïa, Rabat, Morocco
- Opening hour: 12 am – 11:59 pm
Megamall, which was inaugurated in 2005, is the largest mall in Morocco and the second-largest in Africa. Mega Mall is dedicated to recreation and entertainment similar to the large shopping centers in Europe. It is located in Rabat on Avenue Imam Malik extending over 3 floors of shopping, women’s gym, a food court, a skating rink, and a bowling alley. It also houses various prestigious brand stores.
- Name: Villa Diyafa Boutique Hotel & Spa
- Address: Avenue Mohamed VI, Rabat, Morocco
- Opening hour: 10:30 AM–9 PM
- Phone: +212 37631815
- Website: http://www.megamall.ma/
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