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Next door to the Hotel Voubilis on Avenue Hassan II Fez el Bali
Fez
Morocco

Open 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. –6:30 p.m.

Among the many beauty products of the Henna Souk, you'll find heady perfumed oils, hair dye, kohl eyeliner, stencils for henna designs, and traditional ghassoul—a type of North African clay that has been used as a cleanser since ancient times. Explore the pharmacies in this area, too, where local herbs, powders, and potions promise to mend everything from skinned knees to broken hearts.

La Maison Bouanania
6 Derb ben Azahoum Talâa Kebira Fez el Bali
Fez
Morocco
Tel: 55 636566

Fez craftsmen are known for their intricate metalwork, and complex Islamic designs decorate the finely crafted bronze and copper items available here. Look for heavy silver jewelry inlaid with amber and coral, ornate lanterns, copper platters, and traditional couscous steamers—a staple in Moroccan kitchens that is hard to find in American cooking-supply stores.

Maison Sahara
9 Pl. Nejjarine Fez el Bali
Fez
Morocco
Tel: 55 634522

Moroccan tribal pottery is earth-toned and unglazed, and Safi ceramics are modern and streamlined, but Fez is known for its bold cobalt-blue-and-white pottery, which is decorated with intricate floral and geometric designs. At this crafts market, pick up ceramics that are as beautiful as they are practical—a striking vase, platter, salad bowl, or traditional Moroccan tagine, a cone-topped stew pot that doubles as a festive serving dish.

Terrasse des Tanneurs
2 Chouara Lablida Fez el Bali
Fez
Morocco
Tel: 55 740842

Fez's tanneries are shrouded by a heavy and unpleasant stench, but they also produce some of the world's finest leather. It's one of Morocco's main exports—along with an illegal cash crop, hashish. Stay on the right side of the law and invest in buttery-soft leather goods, such as bags, vests, slippers, and camel toys for the kids. Visitors can watch the entire leather-making process from a platform that overlooks the tanneries.

Tissage Berbere
4 Derb Taouil, Fez el Bali
Fez
Morocco

At this market, elaborate designs are knotted into gorgeous rugs. Keep an eye out for the striking handmade Berber carpets as well as those made with naturally dyed wool. A souvenir here will set you back a few thousand dollars, and no matter how much you bargain, you can probably snag a better deal in Meknes, Medelt, or Azrou. If you do make a purchase, you might consider lugging the rug to the post office personally, rather than trusting the merchant to mail it to you.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.