Casablanca Central Market (Marché Central de Casablanca)
Aside from shopping, the Marché Central is one of the city’s best spots for lunch. Grab a table at any of the numerous informal eateries for family-style platters of grilled fish, vegetables, soups, and salads. Enjoy delicious food, reasonable prices and unparalleled people-watching. Travelers may also explore the market as part of a full-day guided walking tour of Casablanca, soaking up the city’s atmospheric streets lined with tea shops and bazaars and essential sites like the elegant United Nations Place, Mohammed V Square, and the Royal Palace.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families—and shoppers of all stripes.
- Haggling is expected and a part of the ritual of shopping in Morocco. Feel free to have a nice exchange about the value of each item.
- Keep an eye on your personal belongings as pickpockets are also watching.
- Tours may include roundtrip hotel transfers, food, and drink. Check specific tours for details.
How to Get There
Marché Central de Casablanca is just south of the ancient medina. To reach the market, take a taxi for about a ten-minute drive from most central locations. From United Nations Place, it’s a short stroll or tram ride away.
When to Get There
Marché Central de Casablanca is open year-round daily, 9:00am - 6:00pm. Avoid crowds and arrive early. Casablanca can be quite hot year-round, though cool breezes come with the Canary Current off the Atlantic Ocean. In July are two of the city’s most outstanding events (Festival de Casablanca and the Feast of the Throne) or come during the spring for Ramadan to experience an array of cultural activities and festivals.
Quartier Habous Marché Central is located inside one of the city’s most picturesque and vibrant communities, the Quartier Habous. Also known as New Medina, French colonists built the district in the 1930s and the mixture of Moroccan and French architecture is one of its main draws, alongside important attractions like the New Palace, Mahkama du Pacha, Moulay Youssef Mosque, Mohammed V Mosque, and Park ISESCO, a lush oasis from the bustling streets.
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