Visiting Djemaa El Fna At night is a truly unique experience, the transformation from day to night is truly remarkable.
Whilst standing in the middle of Djemaa El Fna enjoying a large glass of ice cold fresh orange juice from one of the many juice counters spread across the square I look out over a comparatively unrecognisable space. This morning, the grey, concrete expanse was home to street entertainers, monkeys and snakes; tonight it’s a sociable meeting place for both locals and tourists.
Food and entertainment are available until the early hours here and I guarantee there is something for everyone. You will easily be drawn into the scene by the smells and noise that emanates throughout the surrounding alleyways.
Even the fussiest of eaters will find something to tempt their taste buds – from boiled snails, fish and meat platters, to noodles and salad the market stocks every imaginable delicacy so whether you are conservative in your choices or fancy trying something more exotic you will not be disappointed.
From solo performers to large groups of storytellers and dancers you could wander around all evening being entertained for a very small price. As with entertainers of all major cities this is often not only a passion but a job to them and therefore do not be surprised when, at the end of their performance donations are expected. Out of respect for these individuals also make sure that if you wish to take photos you seek permission and once again put your hand in your pocket.
Once the souks have closed down for the evening, (yes believe it or not they do close!) don’t worry you can still purchase goods from the outer circle of stalls or from one of the many street traders that appear as darkness descends.
For a lively atmosphere a visit to Marrakech would not be complete without an evening at the Night Market.
Our Top Tip: If you want to see across the entire square and soak up the atmosphere have dinner or a drink from the upper terrace of Glacier, an extremely popular location as it is situated right on the corner of Djemaa El Fna overlooking the food stalls – so get there early if you want a front row seat!
Have you visited Djemaa El Fna at night? How did you react to all of the market traders and entertainers?