4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

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  • Location: Marrakech, Morocco
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
What better place to learn how to cook Moroccan food than Marrakech? Learn some Arabic phrases from your expert guide and practice them while shopping at a souq, or open-air market, for fresh local ingredients. Follow your guide’s instructions to make a classic Moroccan dish such as a tagine, a stew of meat and vegetables named after the earthenware pot in which it's cooked. Savor the fruits of your labor during a luncheon with fellow foodies at a riad, a traditional Moroccan house with an interior courtyard.

This small-group tour is limited to 12 people for a more intimate experience.

Highlights

  • Cook and eat authentic Moroccan food with fellow food lovers
  • Learn some Arabic and shop for fresh ingredients from a local open-air market called a souq
  • Make a classic Moroccan dish such as a tagine or couscous with the help of your guide
  • Feast on your culinary creations in a peaceful riad setting
  • Recipe sheet included
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures more personalized attention from your guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A total cultural experience and great fun too! Learn a little Arabic, visit a souq, cook a traditional Moroccan meal, and share your home-cooked lunch with your small group. The take-home recipes are the icing on the cake!

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What You Can Expect

Experience Morocco: Visit a Souq and Cook a Tagine in Marrakech

Learn how to cook a traditional tagine in your Marrakech cooking class

After meeting your guide in Djemaa El Fna in central Marrakech, you will head to a riad in the medina -- an ancient part of town -- to begin your Moroccan food experience.

Learn some Arabic words for the ingredients you’ll need before going to a souq to shop for meat, vegetables and – most importantly – spices. Seek out native ingredients such as saffron from Taliouine, olives and mint from Meknes and citrus fruits from Fez.

Then, return to the riad and roll up your sleeves to begin your hands-on cooking class. Under your guide’s direction, make a traditional Moroccan dish such as a tagine or the similar tangia; couscous, steamed semolina with meat or vegetables; pastila, a dessert made of apples; or harira, a hearty soup often eaten with dates.

After the cooking's done, it's time to feast! For lunch, savor the authentic Moroccan meal you helped make in the tranquil atmosphere of your riad. Take home a recipe sheet so you can use your new-found knowledge of Moroccan cooking to impress your family and friends.

Following your 4-hour culinary experience, go to Djemaa El Fna, where you can shop for spices to bring home and continue to immerse yourself in the heady sights and sounds of Marrakech.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My girlfriend and I were greeted by our cooking teacher infront of a cafe in the Medina (AMAZING WOMAN!) and took us to the souks to shop for our ingredients. We were taken to her Riad to learn the amazing tagine recipe. I strongly suggest this to couples of all ages, adventurous eaters, groups

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Karima was amazing. Great class in her Riad after shopping at the Souk. BRILLIANT experience. Food was divine and it was perfect in every way from the setting, the food, preparation, follow up from Karima by email with recipes to the warmth, hospitality and sense of community. A MUST DO TOUR.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The tour guide Karima was extremely good. The riad where she taught me to cook was very nice. The instructions were good and the food delicious
. It was a very enjoyable experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

This was truly a GREAT time! Having to buy the ingredients, including a live chicken, first we got to experience the market. We also learned some Arabic words along the way. Then on to Karima's home. We were shown how to make traditional mint tea, then had hands on experience making our own tagines. The food was AMAZING! If you like to cook, or even if you don't this was fun, educational and DELICIOUS, thank you Karima for a delightful morning!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Karima was the 'guide' and was amazing. She took extra time to spend with us in the souks and get to know us. Such a unique travel experience and had time for lots of pictures. The food was also DELICIOUS!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

It was a great way to break into Morocco. Learning the Arabic proved to be very useful. It was fun to get to the Market before all the craziness hits later in the day. Our guide Karima was excellent!! The food was great and so easy to prepare we can easily replicate a great Moroccan meal at home.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

I spent a wounderful time in this tour. I really enjoyed walking in the souks chosing and buying vegetables, spices and different ingredients for my own tagine with the teacher, who was pacient, kind and helpful.
The riad, where the class took place, is so cute. I felt well being in that place.
The food was amazing, much better than in the restaurants.
For sure I'm gonna use the tagine at home. And I guess, it'll became my best friend in the kitchen.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This is a must if you go to Marrakech. Karima took us to the market where we purchased the ingredients for our tajine. We prepared it and drank mint tea. Finally we each received the recipe to take home. A great way to experience the culture.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Had a wonderful time visiting the markets to start, then heading to a beautiful riad to cook. We had so much fun cooking and watching the tagines simmer away over charcoal. Everything was delicious and great to leave with spices and a recipe.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

My friend and I took this cooking class in October of 2013. I was reluctant to book it, as it was new on Viator and there were no prior reviews. I am soooo glad, however, that I went with my gut and booked it. This class was probably the highlight of our vacation in Morocco!

In all fairness, there was a slight glitch with the local company confirming our hotel pickup. I included our hotel information in the booking, but the instructions on the voucher said that we needed to contact the company to confirm our pickup time. I contacted the company on multiple occasions, and no one returned any of my emails. Because the company never confirmed our pickup, my friend and I met in their central “meeting spot.” As it turns out, though, they had been waiting for us at our hotel while we were waiting for them in the meeting spot. Slight hiccup! However, other than that, the class was very well executed.

There were four people in our class that day, and our instructor, Karina, was absolutely phenomenal. Once we all finally met up, we went shopping for ingredients in the market. Karina taught us how to say certain words in Arabic, and we had a great time walking through the market and seeing how locals interact with each other. When we arrived at the Riad, we were served mint tea while Karina gathered all of the ingredients for our lunch. We first made individual tagine chickens. While the tagines were cooking we made a Moroccan salad. Both dishes were delicious and inspired my friend and I to purchase our own tagines to use back in the States. Karina was a great instructor and very patient. At the conclusion, she provided us with all of the recipes and walked us back to the main square.

I would definitely recommend this class to anyone visiting the area.

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