Marrakech’s Other Market

At the heart of Marrakech, Morocco are the souks, a labyrinth of twisted streets crowded with shops selling everything from shoes to spices.

But the souks are not the only marketplace in Marrakech. The 12th century red ramparts that encircle the medina are dotted by babs or gates, and the northern gate that leads to the national highway N-9 also leads to a local flea market held every Thursday from eight am to noon.  Marrakech’s other market isn’t a well-kept secret, but few tourists venture here, and you’ll find mostly locals shopping for everything from tagine pots to old toasters. If you look hard enough, the flea market is also full of hidden treasures.

Bab el-Khemis

Photography by Shantanu Starick for Project Bly

The weekly flea market at Bab el-Khemis is located to the NE of the medina near the National Highway 9. N9 as the highway is known on the map meets up with N8, the highway to Fez close to the gate.

The garden at Bab el-Khemis

Photography by Shantanu Starick for Project Bly.

A few hundred feet from Bab el-Khemis within the medina is a quiet garden of the same name.

Flea market, Marrakech, Morocco

Photography by Shantanu Starick for Project Bly

As soon as you enter the gate, you’ll come across a wide road lined with vendors selling second hand goods. Keep going! The flea market continues for a while and then there’s a turn-off to the left. It’s in here that we found the good stuff!

Riad doors

Photography by Shantanu Starick for Project Bly

The flea market at Bab el-Khemis is famous for architectural salvage pieces like these riad doors. 
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If you’ve got a discerning eye and a lot of patience you’ll find treasure buried in these shops! Scroll down to see what we found.

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el-khemis-flea-market-findsTop Row: Vintage Carved Tuareg Spoons | Hand-Carvec Chouari Cedar Chest | Tuareg Silver Fibula

Bottom Row: Antique Riad Door Keys | Antique Handira Berber Wedding Blanket | Tuareg Amulet Necklace

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Antique Berber Loom Heddles found at the flea market at El-Khemis hang on the wall. Photography by Jessica Comingore for Project Bly.

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