10 Things to eat in Marrakech Morocco and where

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Marrakech is one of the major cities of Morocco, located in the south central region. It is home to one of the busiest squares in the Arab world: Jemaa El Fna, the heart of commerce, of the encounter between cultures and, of course, of cuisine.

In the markets of Marrakech and in restaurants it is a riot of colored spices and intense aromas, Moroccan cuisine is an experience made of strong and simple flavors at the same time. And a trip to Marrakech must absolutely foresee a tour to discover the gastronomic traditions!

Let's find out together then 10 things to eat in Marrakech Morocco and where.



Index

  1. Tanija
  2. couscous
  3. Baghrir
  4. Tajine
  5. Mèchoui
  6. Harira soup
  7. Tablet
  8. Katban
  9. Gazelle horns
  10. Briouats
  11. Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Tanija

This recipe is the typical dish of Marrakech, and hides a legend: it is said that it was born from a quarrel between husband and wife, during which the wife accused her husband of not even being able to cook something, therefore of not being able to be without her. The husband, in response, put some ingredients in the terracotta jar (called, in fact, tanja) and took her to cook in the ashes of the wood-burning oven that heat the Moroccan hammam (a thermal complex). Thus was born this dish based on lamb, cumin, saffron, butter, oil, candied lemon.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: lamb, butter, oil, candied lemon, saffron

2 - Couscous

Even if Morocco is not just couscous, you cannot go to Marrakech and not eat it, because it truly constitutes the symbol of this country. The couscous is obtained by finely working semolina and water, until you have a grainy dough that is served together with vegetables, among which above all onion and garlic, but also tomatoes, courgettes, chickpeas and famous compound of 30 non-hot spices called Ras el Hanout.

Naturally the versions of couscous are endless and they can also include lamb or chicken, but always cooked in the appropriate terracotta cushions.



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: semolina, vegetables, spices, meat if the menu foresees it

3 - Baghrir

If you think that, with all the use of spices and meat, there are no sweets in Moroccan cuisine, you will soon change your mind. The Baghrir constitutes the Moroccan breakfast par excellence: they are a cross between crêpes and pancakes, which have many small holes on their surface, ideal for "collecting" honey and jam in the best possible way.

Made very simply with flour, semolina, water and yeast, Baghrir is usually served with orange juice or Moroccan tea, a very tasty breakfast.

  • Recommended to: Breakfast
  • Average cost: from € 4,00
  • Main ingredients: flour and semolina, with butter, jam, honey topping

4 - Tajine

Saying Tajine actually means referring to many different dishes. Tajine is, in fact, the name of the terracotta vessel with its typical shape a with which the dish, usually based on meat, is cooked slowly and at low heat in a sauce of spices, vegetables, dried fruit and meat cooking liquid that makes it very tender and juicy.

Morocco's iconic tajine is definitely that based on lamb, almonds and plums, with a sweet and intense flavor. Another version with lamb includes tomatoes and onions, or, again, zucchini and mint. But there is also the tagine based on chicken, lemon and olives: each restaurant will offer you variations to discover.



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: vegetables, spices, nuts, lamb, chicken or beef

5 - Mèchoui

It is lamb meat and is easier to find on sale in the numerous stalls of the alley of the Mèchoui (yes, he has a street of his own), north of the famous Jemaa El Fna square.

Strictly recommended only for lamb lovers, the Mèchoui is one street food consisting of roasted lamb and served with bread, cumin and salt. You can order a rubb (a slice of 250 grams) or a nuss (500 grams). Once you enter the street, the intense aroma of roast will enchant you and stimulate your appetite.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: from € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: lamb, bread, cumin

6 - Harira soup

And the Moroccan soup symbol of Ramadan: in fact, each of the 30 days is cooked, Muslim Ramadan lasts so long.

It is a soup based on different meats, spices, legumes, vegetables, but, like any self-respecting traditional dish, everyone cooks as he sees fit, with typical family recipes, so you'll never eat a harira soup like another. Of course, the element that unites all soups is the intense flavor given by the mix of spices that pervade Moroccan cuisine. For the variety of ingredients, it constitutes a single dish.



  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: from € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: meat, vegetables, spices, legumes

7 - Pastilla

A a real treat for those who love those particular dishes, far from our traditions, which combine sweet flavors with salty flavors.

It is a thin puff pastry, blasted very quickly in butter, filled with: meat, onions, almonds, cinnamon, saffron, coriander, all served with powdered sugar. The meat is usually chicken or pigeon. So, in case you want to avoid the latter, always ask what the ingredients are.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: from € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: chicken or pigeon meat, almonds, cinnamon, coriander, saffron, sugar, puff pastry, butter

8 - Katban

For a change, a meat dish. As you may have guessed, Moroccan cuisine presents numerous lamb specialties.

You enjoy this skewer in the street food stalls of the markets present in Marrakech. Before being skewered, the pieces of meat are marinated for a long time in a sauce based on paprika, onions, parsley, salt, cumin and oil, giving them a strong and spicy, very greedy taste.

  • Recommended to: lunch, dinner, snack
  • Average cost: from € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: lamb, paprika-based marinade, onion, mixed spices, parsley

9 - Gazelle horns

The sweets you can find in Marrakech are really many and very good. These are small filled desserts that are usually served in riads as a welcome sign along with traditional mint tea.

They are made with a stuffed pasta with the shape, in fact, of gazelle horns. Inside there is one grounded almond base, a very important ingredient in Moroccan cuisine, hazelnuts, cinnamon and orange blossom, are very sweet and delicate.

  • Recommended to: breakfast, snack
  • Average cost: from € 1,00
  • Main ingredients: pasta, almonds, hazelnuts, cinnamon, orange blossom

10 - Briouats

We conclude this tour with another typical street food dish, of which Moroccan cuisine literally abounds.

They are gods Triangle-shaped rolls of very thin puff pastry, the so-called warka, stuffed with meat or fish, or even rice. The warka itself, actually, for sale in the souks (markets) of Marrakech, comes also sold filled with sweets and dried fruit. So the advice is: go around the stalls, smell and taste everything!

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: from € 2,00
  • Main ingredients: puff pastry, meat, fish, rice

Where to eat: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

In Marrakech the choice is truly vast: you can eat anywhere and at any time.

in souks of Marrakech there is an infinite variety of stalls offering street food of all kinds, is the type of food that is the most popular in the city, particularly among the locals.

In the huge market of the Jemaa El Fna square you can really get lost: here you can taste everything. In the city, however, there are of course many typical restaurants, cafes, pastry shops, where drink the typical mint tea in colored glasses and taste the desserts.

Let's see together some places where to eat the real cuisine of Marrakech:

1 - Alley of the Mèchoui

  • Description: a street north of the Jemaa El Fna square, where you can taste exclusively Mèchoui, roast lamb served with bread
  • specialty: Mèchoui
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: Mèchoui, Souk, Marrakech - Get directions

2 - Jemaa El Fna

  • Description: the large central square; during the day it hosts all kinds of Moroccan stalls, spice and street food, including excellent fresh fruit juices; in the evening it becomes an open-air restaurant
  • specialty: street food, but also couscous and tajine
  • Average price: from € 5,00 per person
  • Address: Jemaa El Fna, Marrakech - Get directions

3 - The Patisserie des Princes

  • Description: pastry shop offering typical Marrakech sweets to be consumed together with mint tea
  • specialty: gazelle horns
  • Average price: from € 2,00 per person
  • Address: Passage Prince Moulay Rachid, Marrakech - Get Directions / Tel. +2125244430334

4 - Souk Kafè

  • Description: typical restaurant with a splendid terrace overlooking the medina of Marrakech, its old quarter; great for tasting the specialties of Moroccan cuisine
  • specialty: tanjia
  • Average price: from € 8,00 per person
  • Address: Derb Sidi Abd El Aziz, Marrakech - Get Directions / Tel. +212664172456

5 - The Tanjia

  • Description: typical restaurant with traditional dishes; neat and intimate environment, perfect to immerse yourself in the typical Moroccan atmosphere
  • specialty: tagine
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Place des Ferblantiers, Marrakech - Get Directions / Tel. +212524383836

6 - Jemaa El Fna Boutique Hotel & Riad

  • Description: typical restaurant, live music, indoor hammam with swimming pools, medium-high level
  • specialty: tagine, couscous
  • Average price: from € 80,00 per person
  • Address: N 42 rue Zaari Rue des Banques, Marrakesh - Get directions / Tel. +212524381305

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