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Shopping in Marrakech [Paperback]

Susan Simon , Nally Bellati
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Book Description

11 Jun 2009
"French, British and Moroccans have revived the style credentials of this ancient city...several young designers are now converting junk-filled tourist emporiums into boutiques...A rich blend of stunning, arabesque clothes, jewelry, accessories and home furnishings await the more discriminating shopper." -Daily Telegraph

Let Susan Simon guide you through the winding alleys, hidden courtyards, and bustling markets to uncover the best of the treasures of Marrakech: luxurious caftans of velvet or "Moroccan cashmere"; bejeweled shoes and slippers; ethnic jewelry with semi-precious stones or antique coins; handmade decorative objects for the home; beautifully embroidered linens and undergarments; colorful ceramics; sequined antique shawls; gold-encrusted glassware; and an Alladin's treasure trove of dazzling discoveries. The stylish author and photographer have dozens of ideas of how to incorporate your exotic finds into every wardrobe and home.

The guide is divided into seven separate walks-and little bonus walks-that take you through the main shopping areas, using the author's precise directions and visual landmarks.

And, as a caterer and cookbook author, Susan Simon can't resist pointing out her favorite spots, for everything from mint tea and pastries to fragrant tagines.

Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom (11 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145789
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone seems to have a friend of a friend who picked up an antique Louis XVI chair or Moorish chandelier in a backstreet for a song - and your chances of emulating them are much improved with two new guides. (Wanderlust)

About the Author

Susan Simon is the author of five cookbooks, including The Nantucket Table and The Nantucket Holiday Table, Contorni: Authentic Italian Side Dishes for All Seasons, Insalate: Authentic Italian Salads for All Seasons, and most recently, with chefs Ron and Colleen Suhanosky, Pasta Sfoglia. Her book, Shopping in Marrakech, is published by The Little Bookroom.

Photojournalist and stylist Nally Bellati was born in Italy and raised in England. She has contributed photographs and features to all major Italian magazines as well as by-lined columns in Harper's Bazaar Uomo and L'Uomo Vogue. Her book New Italian Design was translated into four languages. She lives in Venice.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide 15 Dec 2009
We recently returned from Marrakech and used this book to explore the medina and its shops. We found some exciting little places and enjoyed the routes as they offered additional sightseeing and exploration that normally wouldn't be included in a guidebook. As most of the fun is in the journey and not the just arrival, it was an ideal companion to our fun.

If anything, the maps need a little more detail in street names (surrounding streets for reference) as it got a little confusing at times. We supplemented with another map though. It would also help in getting directions to Sidi Ghanem (outside the medina) by independent means. We hired a scooter (highly recommended) and couldn't find where to go once in the area so gave up as it was close to the shops' lunchtime closing.

However, this isn't enough to knock this book as it provided us with everything we wanted. As testament to the book's quality, I lent it to two other couples who stayed in the riad (we'd finished 6 out of 7 walks) and they thought it was great too. Also, our riad owner asked if he could buy it off me but instead we gave it to him as a gift. We'll likely buy another copy for our bookshelf and our anticipated return to amazing Marrakech.

Thanks Susan.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book but didn't come up to expectations 24 May 2010
I had read the reviews and thought this book would give a totally different perspective to Marrakesh than the usual travel books. It has some lovely photographs and we did go to a few of the recommendations but I think I would have used it more if it had been indexed - the only way to find what you want is to look through each page, by which time you have become confused! The book is also quite heavy to carry around. Overall, it's nice to see Marrakesh through the eys of a shopper and I liked the food tips but it fell some way short of expectations. The book I valued to enhance my experience of Marrakesh was Frommer's Marrakech Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket) guide and the The Rough Guide Map Marrakeshwas invaluable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A shopaholic's compendium 14 Aug 2010
Used this on my recent trip to Marrakech and not only did it give some wonderful highlights to explore, but pointed us in the right direction for delicious hidden food spots too (Cafe des Epices and Patisserie des Princes to name but two). We didn't spend all of our time shopping but used the book to guide us on some walking tours which were great. It takes you safely off the beaten track and to places you might not venture but trust the book and you will find some hidden gems which otherwise you might miss. Don't go to Marrakech without this and the Rough Guide map [ASIN:184353360X The Rough Guide Map Marrakesh]]and then fill your purse and go for it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Little Guide to Marrakech Ever!! 28 Sep 2012
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My daughter and I purchased this book to take with us on a "shopping & sunshine" holiday to Marrakech. It was small enough to keep in my handbag as we walked around the Souks, and packed full of information about all the shops, sellers, where to find each shop, and whether or not they took cash, or cards etc. It has suggested "walk routes" around the shops and souks. In a word BRILLIANT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't leave home without it 16 Mar 2010
If I were to sum up this book, and several others from the same publisher, in just one sentence, it woild be - 'Don't leave home without it!'

If you have not been to Marrakech, the colours in this book make you long for a trip. If you have been without this little book, you have no doubt missed out on many things. Pocket-sized, brimming with information Useful and attractive. The shops are arranged in walks, the addresses, telephone numbers and opening hours are given. It's a shop 'til you drop book filled with fascinating boutiques - a gift hunter's paradise. This is a great little book; I'll never let mine out of my sight.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars out of date! 21 Nov 2010
Nice book - beautiful images but many of the places we wanted to visit and made a huge effort to get to no longer existed, which was so frustrating. I cannot advise anybody buys this book.Shopping in Marrakech by Susan Simon, Nally Bellati
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Marrakech must-have 9 Nov 2009
By V. Dunn
I have visited Marrakech three times in the past and never yet found the really interesting shops full of treasures. But on my most recent visit, this book made shopping a cinch. Follow the maps and descriptions and you will find some wonderful shops and delightful workmanship. A really fantastic book, worth every penny!
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