In destinations such as Marrakech or Essaouira, it’s much more fun to head to the local markets to do your shopping, rather than a supermarket. However, unless you have a local to take you shopping the first time, we suggest you head to a supermarket with fixed prices first to get an idea as to what things cost – otherwise, you’ll probably end up paying ‘tourist prices’ for your Marrakech shopping list in the markets.
Marrakech shopping list.
We’ve used today’s currency rates below from www.xe.com rounding up/down. MAD = Maroc dirhams
|1.5 litre water||4 MAD||£0.30||€0.35||US$0.50|
|1 litre milk||8 MAD||£0.60||€0.70||US$1.00|
|Bottle of local wine||70 MAD||£5.50||€6.25||US$8.45|
|33cl Casablanca lager||16 MAD||£1.25||€1.40||US$1.90|
|100g Nescafe||29 MAD||£2.25||€2.60||US$3.50|
|250 g Lavazza||37 MAD||£2.90||€3.30||US$4.45|
|Lipton 100 teabags||45 MAD||£3.50||€4.00||US$5.45|
|Jar of rose jam||15 MAD||£1.15||€1.30||US$1.20|
|1 loaf of bread||2 MAD||£0.15||€0.17||US$0.25|
|250g quality butter||40 MAD||£3.15||€3.50||US$4.80|
|200g French brie||20 MAD||£1.55||€1.75||US$2.40|
|500 ml olive oil||40 MAD||£3.15||€3.50||US$4.80|
|1 dozen eggs||15 MAD||£1.15||€1.30||US$1.80|
|1 kilo tomatoes||8 MAD||£0.60||€0.70||US$1.00|
|1 kilo onions||4 MAD||£0.30||€0.35||US$0.50|
|1 kilo apples||26 MAD||£2||€2.30||US$3.15|
|250g harissa||2.50 MAD||£0.20||€0.22||US$0.30|
|250 g pistachios||30 MAD||£2.40||€2.65||US$3.60|
Once you’ve established what these items cost in the supermarket it’s time to use your best Arabic or French to haggle in the markets where nothing appears to have a price tag!
Let us know what you think of our list — is there anything we overlooked? Are there any essentials you’d probably include on your first shop in a city when you’re renting a place?