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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom (11 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145789
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 2.1 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,860 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 By NPM on 15 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By E. Webster on 24 May 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Freeman on 14 Aug. 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 16 Mar. 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie M on 28 Sept. 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 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julia McKeivor on 21 Nov. 2010
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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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Just back from Marrakech and this book was a great insight into the souks, and a really useful tool to find your way around. Although the maps arent labelled very well they are the most accurate of any of the tourist maps and made it very easy to navigate the windy streets.

Shame it couldnt stop the volcanic ash but you cant have everything i suppose!
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