I moved to Rabat Morocco two years ago, and have been remiss in sharing details about its lovely medinas. Pottery, leather, carpets, metalwork, bespoke furniture- Morocco has a little bit of everything to offer. Though many tourists wax poetic about the wonders of Marrakech and Fez, I love the quieter pace of the Rabat medina. We park at The Dhow (waterfront bar and restaurant located on a boat) before wandering up the street to Rue Des Consuls - the start of the touristy part of the medina.
We all have our favorite stores- Dar d'Art (House of Art in typically Moroccan mix of Darija and French) for ceramics and pierced metal lighting, Boutique Japonais for handcrafted leather poufs sold by the fedora-wearing Ayoub, and Rue de Babouches for handcrafted leather shoes.
The Rabat medina is very chill compared to Marrakech and the prices reflect the low number of tourists who actually make their way here to shop. Best of all, if you are looking for something but don't see it, just ask- chances are that someone knows someone who has just what you need.
The medina was closed for months because of the COVID-19 quarantine, but has reopened for business and is even in the midst of a renovation to spruce up the main streets and add some much needed shade to the main streets. If you are making your way to Rabat, I highly recommend you make the Rabat medina a stop on your itinerary!