Going Beyond the Souk : Marrakech’s Secret Shopping Mecca
JUNE 8, 2016 by LINDSAY SILBERMAN
Here’s the thing about shopping in Marrakech: It can be a dreamy, out-of-body experience that’ll leave you with an overweight suitcase and a longing to return—but the sheer volume of options can seem wildly overwhelming. If you know where to go, however, you’re golden. The city is something of a fashion fantasyland: silk caftans are draped in storefronts; heaping piles of silk slippers fill warehouse-size markets; artisans crouch outside of their shops with hammers, transforming tarnished silver into statement necklaces. And while tourists typically flock to the city’s bustling souks for these items, there’s a shopping scene that exists just beyond it—down tiny alleys and hidden streets—where you’ll score even better pieces with none of the chaos. From curated concept shops to a by-appointment-only home decor haven, here are nine spots you can’t miss on your next trip to Marrakech.At Topolina, tribal-printed loafers are displayed up against the shop’s bright yellow walls like works of art. Topolina’s owner and designer, Isabelle Topolina, has an exquisite eye for unusual color combinations, patterns, and rich fabrics. You’ll be hard-pressed to settle on just one pair.