Last year I went to Marrakech for the very first time and I came away about a stone heavier – it was worth it though as I had never tried such delicious food on holiday before. It’s something that needs to be experienced to fully appreciate though, and I think I can probably entice you into booking a trip by simply telling you what to try whilst you’re there.
Some people describe the city as a lot of hustle and bustle, and whilst that is true in the souks, you’ll find Marrakech hotels are little slices of heaven where you can rejuvenate after a long day exploring. Don’t let the idea of bartering put you off as you really will discover a wondrous place. And you’ll forever be trying to recreate the food that you tried whilst on your trip! Here are just five of them…
Exchange your after-dinner coffee with a cup of mint tea. It’s very refreshing and isn’t likely to keep you up half the night either! Interestingly, Moroccans like to have bubbles in their tea so traditional teapots are made with curved spouts so the liquid can be poured from a height. You’ll be able to buy one of these in a souk if you want to bring one home with you.
Pastilla is a perfect combination of sweet and savoury. It is made with layers of sweet pastry, filled with meat such as pigeon or chicken. You’ll find this local delicacy at the various street stalls, so make sure to have some change handy as you’ll certainly want to try it – it is one of my favourites!
You won’t have to hunt for a tagine in Marrakech, but you can try and find the best! There are so many combinations that you’ll want to try them all; my personal favourite is lamb, but other people are fond of chicken, fish and beef too. A tagine is named after the pot it is cooked in, which ensures that it is cooked slowly and is very moist to eat. The only frustrating thing about having a tagine in Morocco is that you’ll never find one as good in the UK when you return home!
If you don’t eat meat, you’ll still find plenty of delicious things to eat in Marrakech. The great thing about this city is that the herbs and spices make everything smell and taste delicious, so even basic ingredients can be brought alive in your mouth. I’d suggest trying fluffy couscous topped with slow cooked vegetables; locals tend to eat this on a Friday but you’ll find it in tourist locations throughout the week.
If you love pancake day, you’ll want to try m’semmen during your stay in Marrakech. These are essentially a savoury roti or pancake; they’re cooked on a hot plate with plenty of oil and eaten with delicious local flavours. At breakfast they’ll be served with butter, sugar, jam or honey, and during the rest of the day you’ll taste them with chocolate, cheese or spices. They’re even served at dinner as a side, so you’ll be able to see how versatile they are.