A few bartering sessions later, and you’ve definitely fallen for some charming trinket or other.

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Rue Souika

Impossible to leave without buying something

One of the most popular, not to mention authentic, streets of the Medina of Rabat is Rue Souika, the epicentre of haggling and shopping for all tourists visiting the city. It’s a colourful souk where the aromas of the spices and leather blend with the bric-a-brac, babouches and a host of other traditional treasures available to buy. The good thing about this bazaar is that the sellers don’t follow you down the street hassling you to shop at their stalls, which makes for a considerably more relaxing perusal. You should always consider, however, making a lower offer than the original price given, and try not to show that you’re too interested in the merchandise. Sometimes, of course, it’s impossible to resist the charming curiosities you come across under those colourful canopies: you probably never thought about buying an oil lamp resembling the one Aladdin had, but guess what ends up in your suitcase!

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