A Marrakech food tours is one of the best things you can do to get a true taste of Morocco. Like most holiday destinations, it’s tough to find real, authentic restaurants without the help of a local. Marrakesh is no different…. Maybe even more extreme.
There are many options for authentic culinary tours and classes in Marrakech. We chose to do this small group evening tour of about 6 to 8 people; the guided tour costs around $65 USD. The Marrakech food tours guide is great for those looking to learn about traditional cuisine and making new friends in an intimate setting.
Prior to Marrakech Food Tours
We meet our guide Jason in front of the Post Office in Jemaa el-Fnaa square. Jason quickly introduces us to the other people joining our tour; a nice German couple, and their two daughters. He then introduced us to another guide, and older man. Jason quickly explained that in Marrakech, all tours must have an official licensed Marrakech guide. This guide walked around with us, providing additional facts about the history and way of life in the Marrakech Medina.
Before we begin the tour, Jason goes over the itinerary and rules. We will be making multiple stops, trying a wide variety of local foods, and everywhere we goto will be local. Jason also reminds us to stay close together when walking in the souks, and to not take pictures of the locals, unless we ask first.
The Meat Sweats
Our first stop was an old 3 story building, just off the main square. We arrive at a lamb roasting restaurant. 150 years old, this place has been passed down to 3 generations of the same family. Jason shows us the pit where whole lambs are roasted. The owner of the restaurant gives us a quick demonstration before we proceed upstairs.
Passing by a few local men eating on the first floor; I was in awe of how authentic this place is. We settle into our own dining room on the top terrace, with awesome views of the Marrakech souk and square. The owner brings us a bunch of different dishes to taste: goats’s head, lamb tagine, and some others. Jason explained how they make each of these, and how the dishes are meant to be eaten. It was all delicious. Gaining some courage, I gave the goat’s head a taste. Not bad…. But I am not screaming to go back for seconds on.
We then made our way into a souk, and stopped at an Olive stand. The owner seemed to be a friend of Jason, and was more than happy to let us try every variety of olive he sold. No joke, he had probably about 25 different varieties. The official guide is super entertaining, and more importantly he made sure we weren’t being bothered by scammers.
Local Marrakech Snack Shops
Our next stop on the Marrakech food tour is a Moroccan snack shop. Jason explains it is a casual spot where one gets a quick greasy bite of food before a night out with friends. Their specialty was sardine sandwiches. Sounds a little gross, but it was quite good. The sardines were ground up into a paste, and deep fried. It was served on a hearty roll, and topped with a special spicy red sauce. At this point I was beyond stuffed, but I pushed my way through, not wanting to disappoint.
Jason then took us through another Souk on our way to a snail stand. The best part of the tour was that Jason explained a lot about Marrakech, the culture, and some customs. The snail stand was in the middle of the neighborhood, and quite quaint. The snails are soaked in a broth, which gives the snails a spicy, almost smooth flavor.
Authentic Home Cooked Moroccan Couscous
Winding our way through the souk, we are so turned around, there is no way we will ever find our way back to our riad. About 15 minutes later, we stumble upon our next stop, which was in the back of a little market. This spot was a very small restaurant, run by an old lady. This woman prepares meals for the men who worked in the market area, with her specialty being couscous (a dish so nice they named it twice). The couscous is a amazing. It is a 45 minute, corn based dish, topped with dates and other fruits; great for gluten-free diets.
Authentic Moroccan Dessert
We stopped for dessert on our way back to the square for the end of the tour. The dessert shop had a variety of cookies, but specialized in smoothies, which mimicked a milkshake. I had an avocado, milk, and date smoothie. Again, I realize this doesn’t sound particularly appealing, but I can tell you that it was delicious. At this point, I seemingly couldn’t fit another morsel of food into my stomach without risking regurgitation.
After The Marrakech Food Tour
After some amazing Moroccan dessert, the tour ends. We make our way back to the square where we originally began the Marrakech food tour. Unsure of how to make our way back, Jason and the guide were nice enough to walk us back to the area of our riad.
Overall Review Of Marrakech Food Tours
To conclude, Marrakech food tours is amazing. As far as food goes, it wasn’t ALL my favorite, however to truly experience a culture, you must experience their food. Their real food…. Not some bullshit spot which caters to only tourists. Jason couldn’t have been nicer, as well as knowledgeable about Marrakech and the food.