Jemaa el-Fnaa Square in Marrakesh, Morocco

A big place to shop small
Jemaa el-Fnaa Square in Marrakesh, Morocco © Pavliha/Getty Image

Shopping local has come back into fashion in recent years but the concept of buying from small merchants is nothing new. Here in Marrakesh, Morocco, souks (or markets) like this one in Jemaa el-Fnaa Square have long been a big part of daily life, as well as major tourist attractions. During the day, musicians, dancers and even snake charmers entertain shoppers as they search for crafts, clothing and other goods. At night, the focus shifts to dining, with dozens of stalls offering different takes on traditional Moroccan food.