Socco is the Spanish version of the Arabic word for market: suuq. But with the Spanish long gone, the word Socco survives in Tangier. The Grand Socco is located right north-east of the medina, and is no longer a market place.
Spices, herbs and everything you need for a good life. And of course, the vendor throws in some good stories, too.
Today it is a meeting place and a transportation junction, principally for taxis. The Grand Socco is also point where the modern city's street are forced to continue in the narrow streets of the old city.
In a place where life styles and house styles mix as much as at the Grand Socco, it only feels natural that the old gate to the old city is flanked by modern Western-style houses.