From handwoven rugs in the souk to stylish leather slippers, Marrakech is ideal for finding one-off gifts. For the richest pickings, here are our favourites
Carpet-seller Aux Merveilles de Marrakech
Aux Merveilles de Marrakech
The souks can be overwhelming, so it's good to know where to go. If you want woven floorcoverings, Aux Merveilles de Marrakech is the place to head, though it's not at all easy to find (in fact, to do so you may have to hire a guide). Enter the shop through a small frontage in the souk surrounded by antiques and rugs, which opens into an Aladdin's cave of carpets - everything from thick old Beni Ourains to tightly woven kilims. The helpful staff will throw them down for your perusal and to try them underfoot, while plying you with so much mint tea it can seem rude to leave empty-handed. Not that you'd want to. Expect to haggle.
No. 14 souk semmarine, Medina Marrakech
Fashionistas put Atika at the top of their Marrakech to-do lists. This rather unassuming shop in the new town of Guiliz is not in a remarkably good shopping district, nor is it especially luxurious, but it has achieved cult status thanks to its sensational range of loafers and slippers, available in every possible colour or skin imaginable. Stylistically, they are timeless rather than directional. The driving shoes are similar to a classic Tod's loafer, but in softer leather and with a tinier price tag. Every so often Atika releases a new style, such as the tasselled loafer, which becomes an instantly covetable signifier of in-the-know shoppers. It's worth bringing an empty case for.
34 Rue de la Liberti
Fashionable buys at 33 Majorelle
One of the most glamorous shops in the city is handily located just over the road from the must-visit Majorelle Gardens formerly owned by Yves Saint Laurent. The beautiful modern space in many ways exemplifies the vision of the late, great fashion designer - to champion craftsmanship and skill but with a modern twist - and the collection is an erudite edit of homewares, fashion and art that reflects both the Morocco of today and beyond. Covetable buys include ornate embroidered scarves and handcarved earthenware pots. You'll also find a gallery with an ever-rotating collection of new works and a cafi for retail respite.
Rues Yves Saint-Laurent
Locally handcrafted jewellery from The Shop at Riad el Fenn
The Shop at Riad el Fenn
The assortment of unusual and creative items on sale at this unique, Old City concept store on Rue Sidi el Yamani epitomises its cultivated owner, Vanessa Branson (sister of Richard and founder of the lauded Marrakech Biennale). Having called in ex-Ford Models head Paul Rowland to help run the store, it's perhaps not surprising that there is a fashion, rather than Moroccan, theme running throughout, from the printed scarves and jackets to bespoke fragrances and one-off pieces of furniture. The double-height space with vintage lamps dangling from the ceiling wouldn't look out of place in London or New York, but is actually tucked behind the colourful, characterful maze of rooms and corridors of the Riad el Fenn.
Derb Moullay Abdullah Ben Hezzian, Bab El Ksour, Medina Marrakech
For anyone who wants artisan products and something akin to the bustling Moroccan market experience without the overwhelming choice, Souk Cherifia is the answer. This small arcade houses a number of individual shops all under one roof, providing much of the variety of the normal souks but with set prices and fewer people. Choices span from traditional Moroccan baskets and pots to more modern North African takes on toys or fabrics. The printed cushions at Sissi Morocco are worth seeking out. When you've finished shopping, Souk Cherifia's location in the Old Town near the Spice Market is perfect for following up with dinner at one of the city's most exciting restaurants, the rooftop Nomad.
23, Souk el-Chérifa
Moroccan craft in Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech's shop
Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech
The small but perfectly formed shop at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech sits to one side of the gold-leaf-lined pool in the lobby and, like the hotel, is a soothing antidote to the riot of colour and pattern elsewhere in the city. Thanks to some careful curation, products here are identifiably Moroccan but reflect the hotel's minimal black and white scheme - as seen in the monochrome printed cushions, or simple cotton kaftans that are refreshingly understated. The hotel sells the bowls and dishes seen in your room, and can arrange for you to take home some locally made argan oil (the seemingly miracle product for skin and hair).