Whisky is very popular in this part of the world and Johnnie Walker and Chivas Regal are the top-selling brands. Marlboro, Winston and Camel are favourite cigarette brands, and tobacco prices are very cheap by Western standards. The relatively high proportion of Southern European passengers passing through the airport means there’s also a relatively decent selection of French and Italian wines on offer too.
Moroccan leather has been known for centuries throughout the world for its excellent quality and good value. A visit to one of the country’s traditional tanneries in cities such as Fez and Marrakech with all its sights and sounds is an experience no one will ever forget. Leather belts, jackets, shoes, bags, clothes, furniture and babouches (Moroccan slippers) are a highlight of many a Moroccan souk stall, and Mohammed V has its own leather goods store called Fantasia Cuir.
You will also find leather goods at Terminal 2’s more general Moroccan crafts and souvenir store Trésors el Mamoune, where you will also find beautifully decorated handmade ceramics, pottery, lamps, jewellery, rugs, carpets and clothing. Take a look at the company’s website at http://boutique.tresorselmamoun.com/epages/289392.sf/fr_FR/?ObjectPath=/Shops/289392/Categories
to get a better look at the company’s full product range.
Casablanca has a youthful population and many of the city’s young have a keen eye for fashion. So perhaps it’s not a surprise then that international designer brands get a decent showing at Mohammed V airport with brands such as Lacoste, Mango, Zara, Tommy Hilfiger and Massimo Dutti boasting their own boutiques within Terminal 2. Travellers will also find pricey, but stylish jewellery from Parisian jeweller Chaumet which was founded way back in 1760.
To complete our whistle-stop shopping tour look out for Dahmani and Aéropress kiosks if you need to buy a newspaper or magazine to read on your flight. If you fancy buying a CD of traditional Moroccan music or buying a new computer game, head to Virgin Maroc, which sells a wide range of CD’s and consumer electronics.
We are happy to say that there are plenty of restaurants, bars and cafés in Terminal 2 (something which can’t be said of the domestic Terminal 3). Fill up on a tasty pizza at Pizzeria Box or load up those carbs with pasta at La Pausa. Alternatively, try some of the country’s fantastic local cuisine at Aladdin. If you are on a morning flight, grab a French patisserie from Brioche Dorée and a strong cup of coffee from Café Sky.