Jemaa el-Fnaa Square in Marrakesh
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A big place to shop small
In a world of growing major retailers, the small businesses and merchants could sometimes take a hit. However, handicrafts markets and bazaars will always find a place for those looking for something unique. Of course, the concept of patronising local merchants is nothing new. Here in Marrakesh, Morocco, souks (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 specialties and takes on traditional Moroccan food.