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  • Location:Marrakech, Morocco
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

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

Gain a newfound appreciation for Moroccan cuisine during this small-group, 4-hour cooking class including shopping at the market, preparation of a traditional dish and lunch. Learn some Arabic phrases from your guide to shop at the ‘souq’ (market) for ingredients. Then create a traditional Moroccan meal such as couscous or ‘tagine’ (a meat and vegetable dish named for the pot used for cooking). Finish by enjoying lunch with fellow students in the courtyard of a riad, a traditional Moroccan dwelling. This small-group class, limited to 12 participants, also includes a recipe sheet so you can replicate the dish later.

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

Get a taste for the lively flavors and vibrant culture of Morocco during this small-group cooking class, allowing you the chance to shop for ingredients at the market, cook a traditional dish and enjoy your efforts for lunch inside a typical riad dwelling. This food-lover’s tour is the perfect blend of cultural immersion along with a chance to explore the delicious flavors that characterize this North African country’s culinary heritage.

Start your trip by meeting your group and guide at 9am in the Djemaa El Fna, the central square at the heart of Marrakech. Follow your guide through the winding city streets back to a riad (a typical Moroccan home) to kick off your food experience. Pick up a few Arabic words that you’ll put to use as you bargain for ingredients like vegetables, meat and, most importantly, spices at the local souq (open-air market). During your shopping trip you’ll be on the lookout for typical Moroccan ingredients including mint and olives from the city of Meknes, saffron from Taliouine and citrus from Fez.

Once you’ve finished your shopping, return to your riad to begin your hands-on cooking session. Follow your guide’s instructions as you prepare a typical Moroccan dish such as tagine or the comparable tangia (composed of couscous with vegetables and meat), pastila (an apple-based dessert) or harira (a traditional North African soup served with dates). 

When you finish making your meal, dig into your freshly-prepared meal set inside the beautiful courtyard of your riad. You’ll also leave your session with a recipe sheet, allowing you to re-create your dish when you return home (and impress family and friends). 

Finish your culinary experience by returning to the city’s Djemaa El Fna, where you can continue your day by shopping for spices and immersing yourself in the whirlwind of smells, sights and sounds that characterize this unique city.

Customer Reviews

Jake W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Karima was fantastic, the cooking was fun and very intimate, and it was a real eye opening experience

Brian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Karima our host was perfect. She told us the Arabic words for all the ingredients she purchased from the souk. The chickens were alive when she bought them !! We then went to her family Riad to cook a tagine each, and a Moroccan salad to go with it. She also showed us how to make traditional mint tea. While the tangines were cooking over the charcoal, we relaxed up on the roof terrace where Karima served us tea/coffee and biscuits. There were 4 of us on this day 2 couples, and we all got on very well. Then came the great tasting - it was all delicious food. We had a great morning, with lovely people, and great fresh Moroccan food. This class is perfect for both good home cooks, and novices. Nothing too complicated and all well instructed. Thank you Karima

joe c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

My wife and I were met at the appointed place by Kamimcl may be misspelled We strolled through the souk and food market where we saw and tasted local foods. We purchased our products to cook later. We the walked to our host rial where we sat around a table and following instructions we prepared our products fo the tagine. It was cooked over charcoal while we prepared and ate a salad. This was an overall great experience and we would highly recommend it to anyone.

wpj d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was fun, first we buy the groceries at the local market and then we cooked our own Tajine mael at Karima's house. It was a very nice experience and we loved Karima and her family. When you go to Marrakech you must do a cooking class!!!!!

Becks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

What a wonderful way to learn how to cook a proper Moroccan tagine, than in the beautiful traditional house of a local family.
We booked a the cookery trip via the website Viator, who in turn use a local business.
Its a must-do experience in Marrakesh!
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Our local guide Karima picked us up outside Café Paris in the chaotic Djemaa El Fna far right hand side of the square, and took us through the labyrinth of alleys and souks, where we stopped en route to her family home to purchase all the ingredients needed to each make our own lemon chicken tagine. The stops included a spice shop, mint stall, vegetable stall, olive shack and not for the faint hearted Westerner the live chicken counter. Dont worry, after she picked the ones required, and had them weighed we didnt stick around to see our fresh chicken prepared. You have to appreciate its a way of life, and one we are very ignorant to, as we are great at disconnecting such thoughts, where we do our weekly shop in Asda!
We stepped from the madding streets of Marrakesh into this beautiful tranquil home, and were made so welcome by the host family. Of course you have the obligatory welcome Mint Tea, and then set to work on making your own tagine traditionally over coals, where Karima taught us, with the assistance of her sister, and mother. The result was by far the best tagine we ate during our stay and we werent biased as we made it!.
What a lovely family-ran business, it was both a privilege and the highlight of our holiday to meet Karima and her family and to cook the native dish synonymous with Morocco.

Bashar K

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

Tracy S

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.

irbybrain

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!

Toni J

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!!

S E

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!

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