Place Rabha Kdima, Marrakesh
Located a little way north of Djemaa el-Fna is Place Rabha Kdima, which is known as the 'old square' and used to be the home of a slave market. These days, the centre of the square is filled with ladies selling handmade baskets and hats, but it is the shops that line the square, and those just off it that are of most interest.
Here you will discover the medicine sellers and healers shops, which are crammed full of all manner of items guaranteed to cure your cold, cast out demons or improve your sex life. Or come here to pick up ingredients for that spell you are creating. You name it, they will probably have it.
The traders are happy to show you all the unusual items and explain their magic powers to you - be it dried snake, lizard skin, or even spices that can be combined with other mystical items to cure all. You can also see some small animals here (I assume they are for sale), such as squirrels, turtles, lizards and owls.
Ladies might like to try out some of the traditional cosmetics also for sale, like the Ghassoul Clay which can be used for face masks and body scrubs, or the small clay-like pot that when wet creates lip-gloss. For the men, how can you go past the traditional Berber toothbrush - a small plant with tiny branches that you break off and use as a toothpick!
Place Rhaba Kdima is situated in the middle of the souks. This former slave market is a centre for medicine sellers and healers and is often referred to as Apothecary Square. It is one of the few open areas in this part of the Medina. An interesting way to see this area is as part of a circular walk from Jemaa el Fna to Rhaba Kdima via Souk Semmarine and Souk Nejarine. Leave the square at the opposite end and follow Znikhet Rahba and Rue Biadine to the relatively wide (slightly wider than a supermarket aisle) Souk Quessabine. Turn right and you’ll find yourself back in Jemaa el Fna.