Pickup Time: 6 PM
Outside Café France in Djemaa El-Fna. As you walk into Djemaa El-Fna through the main entrance this is a 3-storey café on the right side of the square.
Note: Please ensure that you meet your official guide who will be holding an Urban Adventures sign or badge and be waiting for you in front of the café.
Ready for a real food experience in Marrakesh? Let’s eat!
We kick off this Marrakesh food tour at the beautiful and legendary Djemaa El-Fna square, home to almost a millennium of trading, bargaining, eating, and mingling. You’ll feel the history, tradition, and culture instantly, and after an initial briefing, we’ll wander off into the small streets branching off from the square.
Along the way, we’ll stop at hidden local shops that most tourists won’t find, to taste a few of the numerous different versions of olives, and snack on nuts and other typical Moroccan treats, before heading off towards the poultry/beef market to see how the locals shop and bargain. Sampling all kinds of food in Marrakesh is a fascinating insight into the local life and traditions, and with all the different kinds of places your guide will take you, you’ll see many different sides to the part it has to play in Marrakesh culture.
From there, we’ll head to one of the most popular sections – the spice section! Moroccan cuisine is known for its vibrant spices, and here you’ll learn how the spices are used in traditional cuisine, how Marrakesh became such a popular spot for spice trading, and get inspired to recreate Moroccan culinary masterpieces when you get home. The spice market will totally enchant you with its exotic smells and bold colours from the likes of cumin, saffron, ginger, pepper, turmeric…we could go on, but you’d best just travel to Marrakesh and see for yourself!
We continue our Moroccan food odyssey through the souks, where we’ll discover the many traditional breads, learn how nomadic communities preserved meat for periods of scarcity and wars, perhaps try a cow hoof or sheep’s head, and stop by to try some Ghoulal. We’ll end up in the square where, after seeing all the fresh ingredients of the souks and markets, we’ll enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner amid the bustling World Heritage listed Djemaa El-Fna at its peak. Surrounded by people, snakes and their charmers, monkeys and their mischief, the atmosphere is hard to beat. We’re pretty sure this will be an experience that’ll stick with you for a very long time.
Tour ends at the Djemaa El-Fna Square.