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10 best street markets in the world

By: Josh Lew on April 19, 2012, 6:28 p.m.

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Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is home to some of the best, most authentic shopping options in the Magreb. The city's souks have starred in travel literature, films and armchair travelers' daydreams for decades. Though it is often referred to as the Marrakech Souk by the uninitiated, there is actually no central market area, rather a series of interconnected markets that specialize in different items. Authentic Moroccan handcrafts are for sale down one narrow street, while dates and flatbreads overflow from street stalls and shop houses down an adjacent alleyway. Whether you are in the market for a handmade pair of sandals or an authentic Moroccan meal, or you simply want to take it all in without spending a single dirham, this commercial district is one of the best attractions in all of North Africa.