Top 10 Souvenirs To Buy In Casablanca

Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city so not surprisingly, it has plenty of shopping opportunities. The Old Medina is colorful and a fun place to practice your bargaining skills which can be put to good use in the various souks which sell a great assortment of spices displayed in huge barrels as well as leather goods, clothing, and household items.

 

Quartier Harbous has a mixture of traditional market stalls and modern stores in the French developed modern medina. If you are looking for some traditional handicrafts, they can be found down some of the side alleys. The Central Market mainly sells fresh produce and flowers but is a good place to buy a variety of spices too.

 

Exposition Nationale d’Artisanat is three floors of traditional local handicrafts including rug making, leather, ceramics, woodwork, and lamps. The prices are all fixed so there is no haggling.

 

In contrast, the Morocco Mall offers high-end shopping and is one of the largest shopping centers in Morocco and a colorful mixture of designer and high street clothing plus a couple of outlet shops all interspersed with numerous souvenir shops.

 

1. Choose a lovely piece of ceramics

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Pottery was first made in Morocco by the Bergers a thousand years ago when they built the first ovens. Since then, four centers have emerged for ceramics – Fez, Meknes, Safi, and Marrakesh – each with its specialty. Today there are some beautiful pieces to buy, There are gorgeous plates used for serving tea or biscuits and these are mainly made in Safi, whilst ornamental pieces such as vases and ashtrays are usually made in Fez.

 

2. Admire the beautiful copper

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It was the Berbers that introduced copper making into Morocco and this craft has continued in Marrakesh and Fez. There are two types of copper made – yellow and red and designs are carefully hammered into this beautiful metal.

 

3. Treat yourself to an elegant Barad

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Tea is a very important part of everyday life in Morocco and there are some elegant barads – teapots to be bought in Casablanca. In Morocco, tea is traditionally served after each meal and in the summer months, mint is added to the tea leaves to make the tea more refreshing and in the cold winter months, absinthe replaces the mint as absinthe is known to make the body feel warmer.

 

4. And some lovely tea glasses

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There are some really lovely sets of tea glasses to buy in Casablanca so that you can enjoy a social cup of minted tea with your friends when you get home. The tea glasses are in clear or frosted glass that is decorated in primary colors which on the most expensive sets is embellished with gold or silver.

 

5. Pamper your skin with argan oil

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Argan is a hard fruit that is widely cultivated in Morocco for its oil – particularly in the Souss region. The oil is popular for cooking as it is said to combat high cholesterol but it is even more highly regarded as a skin cream as it is rich in vitamin E and said to be anti-aging. Argan oil can be found in soap, shampoos, bath oils, and skin creams – so take your pick!

 

6. Invest in some Moroccan silver jewelry

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Beautiful silver jewelry is produced by artisans in several Moroccan cities including Casablanca. It is distinctively styled as it is bold and full of local character with broad bracelets and statement necklaces being the norm. You can find some lovely filigree pieces that have been fashioned from flattened strands of silver that have been intricately woven into eye-catching designs.

 

7. Buy some Moroccan magic

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You may well have enjoyed several meals cooked in a Tajine, so what better souvenir from your trip to Casablanca! Tagines are the traditional cooking vessel and they comprise a large lipped plate and a conical shaped lid. The Tagine is usually made in terracotta and there is a special way to season it with oil before you use it for cooking. The ingredients are piled inside the Tagine and then cooked for many hours over low heat using the minimum of liquid.

 

Apart from the traditional Tagine for cooking, you will see many brightly colored Tagines that are patterned and embellished with silver and these pretty Tagines are purely for decoration.

 

8. Pick your favorite leather goods

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Morocco has been the main African producer of leather since the 10th century and leather has always been one of the country’s top exports. For centuries, herds of sheep and goats have been reared for their leather and wood from the country’s oak forests has been used in the tanning process. If you are looking for the best selection of leather goods, Old Medina Bazar Salem and Bazar Bab Arkha are the best hunting grounds. There are bags of all sizes for men and women, sandals, wallets, and purses either in natural tones or beautifully dyed leather in a myriad of colors.

 

9. Select a colorful Djellaba or Kaftan

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Originally worn only by men, the Djellaba is now frequently worn by women as it is so comfortable. It is a long cool dress, with sleeves that are usually made in a colorful fabric that is decorated around the wrists and down the front with gold embroidery. Summer Djellaba are made in light colors in silks and satins, whilst the winter versions are made from wool and velvet and usually in darker colors.

 

Kaftans are popular the world over because they are so comfortable to wear! Made from a single piece in a loose-fitting style, the Kaftan can be worn with or without a belt and is practical. If you fancy buying either, Bab Marrakesh, Houbous and Affari shopping areas all have plenty of both to choose from!

 

10. Opt for some basketry

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The best local basket to choose is probably a bread basket as it will fit in your case easily. The baskets are made from palm leaves and their designs are painted in henna. The baskets can be used for fruit as well as bread, or if you would rather there is a great selection of shopping bags also woven from palm leaves and in every size imaginable.