Experience a Moroccan spice market and the height of the hubbub at Marrakech’s central square, Djemaa El Fna, on a 3.5-hour food tour. With a food-loving guide, learn about Morocco’s exotic spices and flavors; watch buyers and sellers haggle at a meat market; and sample culinary specialities such as fluffy Berber pancakes and ghoulal, a soup made with snails. Finish with an authentic Moroccan dinner surrounded by the dizzying colors, sounds and sights of Djemaa El Fna. Numbers are limited to 12 for a more personalized experience.
Food walking tour of Marrakech and traditional dinner at Djemaa El Fna
Follow your expert guide to food shops other tourists miss and sample local delicacies
Discover the rich spices used in Moroccan cooking, including saffron, anise and cumin
Savor an authentic Moroccan dinner amid the peddlers and performers of Djemaa El Fna
Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures more individualized attention from your guide
A must-do for foodies! Get caught up in the sensory overload of Marrakech as you wander its most famous square with a guide who'll help you find the hidden gems amid the madness. Sample fascinating local specialties before finishing the evening with a delicious traditional dinner. Start your Moroccan culinary adventure when you meet your knowledgeable guide at Djemaa El Fna, the main square of Marrakech’s medina, in the early evening. Hear a lowdown of what’s ahead and take time to absorb the dizzying square — declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001. In the evenings, Djemaa El Fna takes on a livelier persona as it fills with prettily lit hot food stands and crowds who come here for their nightly strolls and snacks. Wander around the square, and then explore some of the side streets to discover food stops often missed by visitors. Try some of the wares on offer, including nuts, olives and other specialities, and continue to a poultry and beef market to watch the locals barter for meat. Haggling is integral to Moroccan life and seeing the deals being made provides a fascinating insight into local culture. Delve into a spice market as your guide recounts how Morocco was an important spice-trading center, and view the rainbow-colored products such as saffron, paprika, cardamon, anise and turmeric. Learn how they’re used to enliven tagines and other staples, and stroll on to a bustling souk. Pause to sample typical Moroccan breads such as msemen and beghrir — fluffy Berber pancakes — and if you wish, try more challenging delicacies such as sheep’s head, cow’s hoof or snail soup, known as ghoulal. Lastly, visit a restaurant on Djemma El Fna just as the evening reaches its height. Enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal with your group as you take in the square with its peddlers, snake charmers and entertainers. Your 3.5-hour food tour ends after your meal. Leave your guide and either return to your hotel or continue your evening out independently.
Our guide could not have been nicer. He took us all over and all the things we tried were delicious. My five year old was on the tour with us and he even got her to try things! Overall, a must-do tour!
This was an amazing foodie tour! Each food stop was amazing. Our tour guide also gave us a lot of insight into the Moroccan culture. He navigated us through the souks so that it was not too crowded and overwhelming. Highly recommend!
Not so much a food and market tour of the Djemaa, more a 4 course meal and combined history tour of the Medina. Omar our guide was welcoming, knowledgeable, generous and fun. It felt like we got a real "insiders" taste of the food and culture of Marrakech which made for an excellent evening.
If it wasn't the perfect food tour.. Urban Adventure's Abdessalam made it fun, tastier than expected and culturally interesting. His knowledge of history and food is amazing and he's very encouraging in trying various delicacies that can be found in the Medina! We had an amazing time and it was totally worth it. We joined the tour with an empty belly, with no less expectations and we went home really full and happy. :)
The tour and the tour guide I think Abdul were great. There is a lot of food at the beginning and end of the tour, and some snaking on olives and sweets in between. Just remember not to take pictures of the adjoining shops, when you're trying the food of the place he's taken you, they don't like that. Highly recommend getting the tanjia for dinner, if you've had your share of tagines throughout your trip.
Wow! This tour was fantastic, what a great introduction to Marrakech food and culture. Our guide Youssef was friendly, knowledgeable and lots of fun. Do NOT eat before going on this tour - so much beautiful food to try. By the end of the evening we felt like locals! There was plenty of time afterwards to explore the markets and shops.
The Tour Guide SALEM was very unprofessional and it was very bad value for money. I was the only person on this tour from the beginning. I will start from the beginning. From the first moments we started the tour late 15 minutes. Then when we started he kept on bumping into friends and having a chat. Then his friends called him on his phone and he kept on taking calls for 5 minutes while we were walking to the first place. The first place we went to this donut placed Morrocan pizza making which was interesting. He started asking me here how old I am and what I do for work and whether I was married. He told me I should have kids and asked me when do I want to have kids. this made me feel very uncomfortable.We then went to a spice place where he told I would receive some free Safron then when we got their the sales assistant said I would pay 500 derum for a gram. I did get to taste some nice tea. When I arrived inside they locked me In and my guide disappeared for a few minutes which I thought was unusual as I was locked into the shop. They did let me try some argon hand cream and different teas which was nice but then they did a hard sell. I think the guide is good friends with them. They were trying to get a good deal for both of them. They wanted me to try natural morroccan viagra. Actually insisted I try it. Thinking that I need it. I am early 30's and was quite offended. After declining making the saffron purchase they gave me a small gift of Argon Oil soap but kept wanting me to buy products. it was very hard to leave. I said I wanted to go now. we left quickly they were talking arrabic and laughing. Thinking it was hilarious.
We then went to a sweet store which was interesting and then olive place. Didn't get to try much just a small handful. The olives were delicious thought the sweets not so much. Then we went to have Chicken Tangine which was delicious and a beef dish was at a tiny street kitchen I was expecting a restaraunt. A little disappointed by this. This filled me up though which improved my mood and I had a water too. All cost 50 deeruum which is about 4 pounds. He then continued to ask me about my personal life. We went to then a bread making place of traditional morocan bread where I was given hot bread to take with me. The guide then said Can't u hold the bread. You have woman hands. U need man hands that can handle bread. I put the bread in my bag it was straight out of the oven, Of course it was going to be hot. I was offended and found that very unprofessional which ruined that whole experience. Our last stop was a soup stop which the soup wasn't my cup of tea. So I just had a taste. We finished the tour here. 2 hours earlier. The tour was supposed to go from 6-10pm it finished at 8 pm. Each little visit to each stop apart from the main meal. The guide gave the shop 10 deerum which is about 80p British or 1.30 Australian dollars. So all up the tour cost the tour guide for what we did about 7 pounds, 12 Aud, or 10 American dollars. I paid 85 Australian Dollars for the tour . I would highly advise anyone to not to do this tour. I was really looking forward to this tour to finish off my holiday. He said If I liked I could give him a tip. and gave me his number and said if I come back to Marrakech to call me and wanted to have lunch with me the next day. I asked him why are we finishing 2 hours early. He said because I have worked all day and I am tired. I ended up giving him a tip because I felt sorry for him. Even though I was extremely disappointed. he escorted me to a taxi. But then here. I was shocked he got into my taxi and asked me to call him so he would have my number. I politely made an excuse saying I couldn't which I couldn't because I didn't have a morrocan SIM card. So he ended up getting a free taxi ride to the carpark from the souks. Overall I won't be coming back to Marrakech after this experience. Horrible customer service and not genuine. One good thing he did do was have some knowledge about what he was talking about each small talk went for 1 minute. I felt insecure. The Morrocan scenery, architecture, beautiful colours and souks have some beautiful items and delicious food. But I recommend looking the places urself and going to them urself. He walked very fast the whole time apart from when he bumped into his friends to chat. I then had to ask him what are you doing your working.
If they fitted more souks to look at that would have been better too. I would advise not do book a tour like this if they don't give a detailed description of what type of souks and places you would visit and how many.
Sorry to say all this I just think its important to know so you don't make the same mistake as me.
Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable, and this was a great way to orient yourself in Djemaa El Fna. Learned about the history of Moroccan food, with sweet and savory bites, some fresh fruit, roasted lamb and of course, a delicious dinner. Highly recommend, especially if you plan to spend a few days in Marrakech.