Whenever flying into Agadir we always go into Agadir to 1. see the beach 2. have a seafood meal. 3. go to Marjane or Metro and stock up before heading out of town.
Marjane is a huge European owned chain of supermarkets that have been in all the large cities in Morocco for a number of years now.
In addition to many Moroccan brands such as Louisa olive oil and the wide and wonderful range of Moroccan wines made from Moroccan grown vineyards you can buy pretty much everything you would expect to buy at a European supermarket....that includes baby products, cosmetics, personal hygiene and grocery goods.
I also buy from here a Moroccan brand of body moisturiser that contains a choice of argane oil and almond oil and also packet mix of Harira often to take home to London for about £1, along with bottles of olive oil - usually about £1.25 for a 500ml bottle.
You can buy a wide range of olives by the weight along with range of nuts and dried fruits, fresh fruit and vegetables,. freshly made pattiseries and breads and also ready to go pizza servings if thats what you are into.
If you are going to rent an apartment then all your supplies will be found here too of course. Along with household supplies such as linen and electrical items, clothing and footwear.
Books, stationery and school items are also available often at a lower price than elsewhere - particularly if im looking for items to take with me out on any trips into the country that i can donate to schools in remote and therefore poor areas - such as exercise books, pens and pencils, coloured pencils and crayons, chalk and arts and crafts. Often childrens books to encourage learning and reading are here at a low price.
I have bought several editions of the Michelin map for Morocco at various Marjane through the years.
T-shirts can also be a good buy to take with you on any trips to give away to children as they tend to be20 dirham at Marjane and 40 dirham out in the country areas.
What to buy: Metro is another chain of large supermarkets with similar but not as extensive range of products as Marjane and deals specifically to business traders so an ID card is required to purchase items from them.
The world is progressively becoming aware of the special properties of omega rich Argane oil, and now becoming one of the worlds most expensive oils - for culinary, medicinal and cosmetic use. Grown only in Morocco, and particularly in appx 25,000 square km area around Agadir north to Esaouira, east to Taliouine and as far south as Sidi Ifni.
There are numerous cooperatives where it is grown and harvested and the very laborious, time consuming work is done to obtain the oil from the almond-like nut inside a very hard shell - and if you are driving around it can be a good insight to pay a visit to one of these places and a good place to purchase products from at perhaps a lower price but with the knowledge that the money is going to support local workers and families within the cooperative.
Here in Agadir Ibrahim has an excellent establishment in a side street near the Grand Souk where everything is set up to provide an informative environment promoting a wide range of not only Argane products but using others that are natural to Morocco such as eucalyptus, mint, beautiful rose and orange.....
He has certificates that show checks by authorities on his argane products as being reliably of the highest percentage.
Upstairs is an authentic massage centre where a range of beauty and body treatments are available at reasonable prices.
Credit cards are accepted and toilet facilities are provided.
What to buy: Argane oil for cooking, for hair conditioning, for skin care. Mint tea. Rose and/or orange enhanced body creams and soaps. Essences and incense. Wide range of spices to choose from.
What to pay: 170 dirham for 500ml bottle - it was a bargain for reliably pure/highest percentage argane oil for cooking and for use in salads back at home - especially when in duty free shops saw same bottles for 34 euro. Marjane is also more expensive.
I like the tables with Moroccan mosaic work. I have a small one in my garden at home, but dream to buy a huge round one some day. I usually stop at almost every stall or shop who are showing this tables, so I did at the Art Stone shop at the Boulevard du 20 Aout. Like all other shops they several items decorated with mosaic.
What to buy: A huge table, but I am not sure yet to buy it in Morocco and ship it or to order it in a Morroccan shop in my home country. And I am not sure what to do with it in winter. It´s heavy and big to bring it indoors, but I saw what can happen if you leave it outdoors. When the table is wet and it start to freeze the mosaic can get destroyed. So maybe I first move to a country where it doesn´t freeze in winter.
If you are interested in the colourful Moroccan pottery, you can find in all over town. In the tourist area around the Boulevard de 20 Aout (picture 5) and Avenue Mohammed V with several pedestrian passages are many shops. Also in Uniprix (picture 4) and the Central Market area north east of the Boulevard Hassan II are many shops.
During my visit in summer 2007 there was a fair with lots of stalls along and around the Passage Ait Souss. Though I like the colours and the patterns, I didn't buy anything like I did the times before. This time I made only some colourful pictures (1, 2 & 3).
On our way to Imouzzer in the High Atlas foothills just north of Agadir we saw lots of stalls and small shops along the road selling huge fossiles. There must be lots of fossiles in the area. We saw that even in the walls of the shops fossiles are laid between the stones (picture 5).
What to buy: Two times we made a stop to have a closer look. There were not only real fossiles, but also ugly 'fossile'decorations made of concrete (picture 4). Most of the shops also sell other things like iron pigs ('not Moroccan culture, but the tourists ask for it') and containers for plants made of the trunks of the date palms from the valley.
Medina Souvenirs is a shop of more than 100 m² and offers various handicraft products from local artisans.
What to buy: Sale and export of artisanal products : wood decorations, bone and metal ornaments, slippers, jewellery, pottery decorations, fossils, home and office decorations, moroccan capets and rugs, caftans and tunics, argane oil for meals and for cosmetics...
What to pay: The cheapest local craft is pottery, the lowest pottery cost starts from 1 euro
there some other handicraft products that would cost more, it depens on the value of the work and the time spent by artisans in those products.
This large store was located a bit off the beaten path, approx. 30 min. on foot from a beach and only a few minutes from my hotel. There is huge choice of Moroccan craft there: ceramics, traditional musical instruments, alabaster figures etc.
What to buy: I liked most ceramics: small figures and pottery. The alabaster figures of an elephant (they lived in Morocco in the past) and fat Moroccan guy decorate my living room, now :-).
What to pay: It's national (or semi-national) shop. So first prices are lower than in private shops and bargaining more difficult but not impossible. Private, touristy shops close to the ocean are much more expensive.
The Fish market of Agadir is a major tourist attraction. The reason is simple enough, with the lack of typical tourist attractions in Agadir, all the tour operators throw in the fish market as an attraction. Tourists are impressed with the size of the market and the amount of different fish you can purchase.
Agadir is truly an important fish city, serving both African and European markets.
What to pay: Very cheap.
This is a huge place with anything from leather / swords / snakes / teath / tortoise / monkeys you name it, its there
What to buy: What ever you like.
What to pay: Aalways barter them down to less then half or more, you have got to be good or they will catch you out, and make sure to look about as they all charge different prices.
Agadir is full of tourist shops. You can get all of this stuff and more in the Souk.
You'll also have the benefit of seeing how the locals live.
You'll also see the real Agadir rather than the tourist resort.
Well worth a visit but be prepared to be hasseled as you go round. It is not as bad as some places and if you are polite and firm your no will be respected.
I went in expecting to spend around £20 but spent over £100.
Some of the people in there are good at selling!
But I know I got thinks for a lot better price than in the shops.
What to buy: Herbs, spices, gifts including carved wooden objects and boxes.
Plan to have lunch there.
a tajine and coke is 35dh. (£2.15)
What to pay: Around half of the bottom price in the tourist shops