#7 on our list of #100Quests for Food-focused Travelers: Explore the Djemaa El Fna in Marakkech

 

#7 Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna

Indulge in exotic Moroccan foods and feast your senses on the spectacle of Marrakech’s chaotic main square, Djemaa El Fna, during this popular food tour. With the help of your local guide, learn about Morocco’s vibrant spices, witness the art of haggling at a local meat market, and sample local delicacies including cow’s hoof, sheep’s head and ghoulal, a snail soup. Your gastronomic adventure culminates with a traditional Moroccan dinner amid the snake charmers, henna artists and fortune tellers in eye-popping Djemaa El Fna.

This small-group tour is limited to 12 people to ensure more personalized attention from your guide.

Explore the Djemaa el Fna in MarrakechHighlights

  • Dinner included
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Led by a local guide

Begin your Moroccan food odyssey at Djemaa El Fna at 6pm, as countless food vendors begin to fill this riotous main square of Marrakech. Soak up the heady atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site before following your guide into the small side streets off the square to discover food shops and stalls most tourists don’t know about.

Try several varieties of olives, nuts,and other popular Moroccan snacks before heading to a poultry and beef market to watch locals haggle for meat. Bargaining is very much a way of life here and observing this tradition will give you deeper insight into the local culture.

Next, it’s time to visit a spice market and learn how Morocco became a spice trading center. Marvel at the myriad of colors and fragrances of spices such as saffron, cardamon, anise, cumin, paprika and turmeric, and learn how they’re used in Moroccan tagines and other dishes.

Tear yourself away from the marvelous array of spices and head into the souks, or open-air markets, to discover Morocco’s many traditional breads including the pan-fried msemen and crepe-like beghrir. Dare to try Moroccan delicacies such as cow hoof, sheep’s head or ghoulal, a snail soup.

Finally, after exploring the abundance of intriguing foods at Marrakech’s souks and markets, it’s time to eat! Settle down with your small group of fellow foodies to a traditional Moroccan dinner at a restaurant in the heart of Djemma El Fna as it reaches its daily crescendo of activity. Enjoy some of the best people-watching of your life as you delight in the complex flavors of your meal amid peddlers, monkeys and snake charmers.

Your 3.5-hour food tour of Morocco ends here, though the unique sights, smells, and tastes of Marrakech are sure to stay with you.

To compliment your food tour of Morocco, rest your head at the luxurious hotel, Maison MK.  This beautiful centrally located property offers a calming oasis from the warm Moroccan sun and cooking classes to take your Moroccan cuisine exploration even further. From its abundant spa offerings to the world-class dining experience, Maison MK has everything you need to compliment your Marrakech getaway and more.

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