Marrakesh is truly one of the most fascinating places in the world. The famous capital city of Morocco is a unique blend of old and new, of tradition and modernity. From its rich history to its stunning architecture, there are truly no limits when it comes to exploring this cultural mecca, especially for the uber adventurous traveler who is willing to take the less-traveled roads. However, perhaps the most important aspect of any Marrakesh journey is- yup, you guessed it – food!
The stereotype about old Moroccan grannies being excellent cooks is not just a stereotype – it’s absolutely true. And there’s no better way to sample the delicious aromas and flavors of the Moroccan cuisine than by visiting a souk in its capital city. Or, if you’re lucky enough, getting invited to a meal at a local family’s home.
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There are so many wonderful foods to taste in this city, but perhaps one of the most iconic ones is Tagine. A traditional Moroccan stew made of meats and vegetables, tagine is named after the earthenware pot it’s prepared in. This is the perfect rich and hearty lunch to kick off your Marrakesh experience. Once you’re done, wash down the stew with some refreshing mint tea, a popular drink all year round (and at every time of day) in this country. Typically the tea is made with spearmint leaves, but those are sometimes substituted with absinthium or wild mint.
Another tasty dish to try is none other than Chebakia. This dish involves strips of dough that are rolled, twisted, and shaped into a flower, before being fried and coated with sesame seeds and a drizzle of honey or syrup. This sweet pastry is beloved all year round, but especially during the month of Ramadan.
Lastly, make sure to slurp down some Harira before you end your trip! A traditional Moroccan soup, this dish’s primary ingredients are chickpeas, lentils, and tomatoes, and can also include beef, lamb, chicken, rice, and vegetables. Harira is not only one of the yummiest and heartiest dishes, but it’s also one of the cheapest street foods around.