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Experience Marrakesh: Visit Market and Cook Traditional Tajine

Marrakech, Morocco
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  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Gain a newfound appreciation for Moroccan cuisine during this small-group 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 after 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.
  • Cook and eat authentic Moroccan Tajine
  • Learn some Arabic and shop for fresh ingredients from a local open-air market called a souq
  • Make a classic Moroccan Tajine and Traditional Moroccan Mint Tea
  • Feast on your culinary creations in a peaceful riad setting
  • Recipe sheet included
  • Have fun cooking with a Small-group, personalised tour with 12 passengers’ max
  • Join a tour that is carbon neutral, operated by the world’s largest travel B Corp accredited company.

Sample Menu

Main

Tajine

What's Included

  • Friendly Local English-speaking guide
  • Indulge in Cooking class – with locals learn to make the famous Tajine and Salads typical of Morocco
  • Explore some of the colourful souks of Marrakech
  • Learn Local Arabic words for all the ingredients
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch - chicken tajine
  • Impress your friends at home with your new culinary skills from new recipes sheet
  • Lean to Make Traditional Moroccan Mint Tea
  • Get personalized tips and insights for souks and eateries area
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Hôtel Restaurant Café de France
    jamaa el-fnna، J2G7+G36, Rue des Banques, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

    Outside Café France in Djemaa El-Fna. As you walk into Djemaa El-Fna through the main entrance this is a 3-storey café on the right side of the square. Look for the guide holding an Urban Adventures sign or badge.

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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 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. 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).

Afterward, 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.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
  • A conservative dress code is recommended in Morocco. Men and women should keep their upper body (especially shoulders, chest and midriff) as well as their knees covered at all times as a sign of respect to the local culture. Wearing shorts is not recommended.
  • Small-group, personalised tour with max 12 passengers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • We can accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, and other dietary restrictions.
  • While we strongly recommend that all travellers are vaccinated against COVID-19 to reduce the risk of transmission and avoid putting undue strain on healthcare services, vaccinations are not a requirement to join an Intrepid Urban Adventures tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Experience Marrakesh: Visit Market and Cook Traditional Tajine ?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveler Tips


Whilst the tagine is cooking, head to the rooftop, soak up the sun, enjoy the mint tea, and good view of Marrakech.
The class was totally hands-on and I appreciated the opportunity to shop for ingredients in the market before beginning to cook.
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A must-do in Marrakech
harpurs2016, Feb 2020
It was a fabulous half day experience. Visit the local souks to get the ingredients in the morning, different shops for different ingredients. Learnt how to make mint tea, Moroccan salad, chicken tagine, orange slices dessert. Whilst the tagine is cooking, head to the rooftop, soak up the sun, enjoy the mint tea, and good view of Marrakech. Fantastic hosts. One of us is vegan. They made a vegan tagine specifically.
Great tour and cooking class with a lovely host Karima
Gary_D, Jun 2022
Karima gave us a great tour of the markets to buy the ingredients for our class. The spice stall is closed on Fridays but everything else was available and the chicken couldn’t be more fresh (not for the squeamish)! The riad was nice, traditionally decorated and clean and the mint tea was the best we had on our trip. A lot of information to take in so the recipe card and names for everything was very welcome at the end of the tour. Would recommend this trip with Karima to anyone.
We met our guide, Karima,...
Alex_G, Aug 2021
We met our guide, Karima, in the square and made our way to the market, where we bought our ingredients and made our way to the Riad. Karima and her assistant made us feel welcome and all of us loved the cooking class, so much so we want to buy a tagine and recreate the dish at home. A fantastic authentic experience that shows you the 'real' Marrakech.
Excellent day
kirk2019, Dec 2019
From meeting at the market (Souk) and buying fresh ingredients to he preparation ad eating all was a fantastic day. The hosts were really informative and also lovely.
Great Experance
Pathfinder618914, Oct 2019
I did this with my girlfriend who love to cook and we had an amazing time. The market shopping was very informative, the cooking was very hands on, and the chef was knowledgeable. I would defiantly recommend this to anyone interested.
Excellent cooking class
Kenya_H, Mar 2019
Loved this class and would highly recommend. She was friendly, informative, and funny. Well organized.
Metal hammering fun
Claire_H, Jul 2022
My daughter and I had a great metal hammering class. The guide was lovely and so was the teacher, What I liked the most was making a really, really nice bowl!
Karima is the best!
Maria_P, Oct 2022
Karima was the best thing to help me really love Marrakech. Everyone knew her and said hello as we walked the market. She helped me recover from a terrible experience. Best experience ever!
Cultural Immersion
James_G, Jan 2020
Sanae was an engaging instructor. The class was totally hands-on and I appreciated the opportunity to shop for ingredients in the market before beginning to cook. The results were amazingly tasty - better than the tajine I had in any restaurant and the ingredients could not have been any fresher! While the dish cooked, we were able to learn more about Moroccan culture and Sanae answered our questions on daily life. Highly recommended!
great experience
elizabethdL7436LS, Jul 2019
Really excellent class. We spent an hour in the market and the rest of the time chopping, cooking and learning from the kind ladies who ran the class. The space was clean and the food was delicious! No complaints!!!
Sufficiently interesting but not worth experience
Wander67756299684, Sep 2019
The tour started very chaotic. We didn't like idea of choosing/ pointing on the live chicken at the market, which was further used for cooking. It is very cruel to do so. Also, visited market was very damn, dirty and smelling absolutely horrible. I believe there should be more reasonable locations in the area. Cooking part was quite ok. However, the guide had quite annoying attitude with the jokes, messing up names, finishing gas in the middle of cooking etc. I would not recommend this tour.
Outstanding
Ffion_O, Aug 2022
This was a wonderful experience that we won’t forget. It was our favourite thing we did in Marrakech. Not only did we visit the markets and have the ingredients explained to us in three languages (English, French, and Arabic), but we also learned techniques and had a fantastic lunch. Karima - our guide/teacher - was amazing. She walked us through everything and answered all of our questions. She was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and kind. She walked us to and from the meeting point. On the way, she introduced us to the vendors and locals alike. It added a lovely sparkle and sincerity to the excursion - clearly Karima is very well liked in the community! We were a small group (two couples) which meant Karima was able to help us with everything. We learned how to make mint tea, Moroccan salad, Chicken tagine with preserved lemons, and dessert. In sum, this is a must do. We will be talking about this experience for a long time to come.
What an amazing experience!!
Cecile_P, May 2022
What an amazing experience!! Our guide Karima was exceptionally friendly and made us feel welcome from the minute we met her. She took us round the various market stalls in the souk to buy all the ingredients we needed for our cooking class. We chatted along nicely and she told us about the culture and answered all our questions. We then went to the Riad where she showed us how to cook our 3 course meal. Her explanations were brilliant and she demonstrated every steps very clearly. Karima had a great sense of humour too which we all really enjoyed. We also learned all the Arabic names for the ingredients we used and anything else we asked for. Highly recommend this experience! It was a fab half day and our lunch was scrumptious! Compliments to the chefs! 😉 Cécile & David
Cooking day with Sanae
Lee_D, Jan 2020
Excellent, fun, adventurous, easy going. Wonderful host (Sanae). We learned a lot, no only about food but the tea ritual and Moroccan culture. Really worth it.
Wonderful experience!
Jet615365, Nov 2019
We couldn't have asked for a more wonderful experience! Sanae met us at Café de France and was very kind and accommodating even though we were about 25 minutes late (large group troubles). We walked through the souks and picked out all our food together - from the live chickens (yikes) to the vegetables. We then walked to a lovely rooftop and were taught how to make yummy Moroccan mint tea while other ladies helped to clean the chicken and veggies. We had a group of 13, and made 4 different pots of the same dish (chicken tagine). There was just more than enough to eat, but not too much. I've taken cooking classes in other countries before, and I liked this one because we had flexibility for each sub-group to, for example, add more spice, or less salt. The best part was how fantastic Sanae was. She was funny, had nicknames for people (which were totally fine and appropriate), was happy to answer our questions and share a bit about her background, and was honestly just such a pleasure to be around. Once she found out that we had 2 birthday guys in our group, she somehow coordinated having someone sneak out to buy a small cake, candles, and birthday hats. We all wanted to be friends with her afterwards, lol. Actually, she even hung out with a couple of us after to help show us where to buy jewelry, and helped us bargain. I will say that I had some difficulty early on trying to ask through Viator if they could accommodate 13 people, since it says the max is 12 and that's all we could pay for online. I called the viator number and left two voicemails but never heard back. But once I messaged I guess the local Morocco agency on WhatsApp, they responded immediately and were very accommodating. I'd recommend this cooking class in a heartbeat. Yeah, $56 is a tad steep, especially compared to the price of a typical lunch in Marrakech. But the quality of the food and the overall experience of the shopping, the rooftop, the tea, the laughs, and just the fantastic time we had for half a day (plus some) made it worth every penny.
Amazing Cooking Experience
Gavin_T, Feb 2020
What an amazing end to end experience. We really enjoyed the authentic experience, and very welcoming host. One of the best parts of our holiday. We would strongly recommend you book up and experience the best of Moroccan cooking, you will learn so much.
Fun cooking experience
Natalya_K, Jul 2019
My husband and I love taking cooking classes so I booked this activity for fun. It was very enjoyable and we recommend it to anyone who likes to get their hands dirty (had to mix chicken pieces with different spices and chop vegetable) and learn new recipes. We even bought Tagine for the house but it mostly a decorative one. :)
Fabulous good experience
Debbie_M, Apr 2022
Karima was a fabulous host who was friendly and very informative. She made the experience an excellent one.
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Great cooking experience.
Jay_R, Sep 2022
We had a wonderful time learning to cook tajine with Karima. It was really a neat experience to walk through the market place with her and pick out all of the ingredients we needed for our meal. The riad we cooked in was really nice and comfortable. Additionally, we cook famines at home and we learned several key skills we had been missing that now make our famines exceptional. Thank you so much Karima! This was a highlight of our trip in Morocco
Worth doing, especially with a wonderful guide like Hanue
Scott_W, Oct 2019
Great experience all around! We had no trouble finding our guide in the market. She took us shopping for the necessary ingredients including the "killing of the chicken." Talk about fresh! Also, one of our group members was vegetarian and so when we went to buy veggies, the host made sure to buy extra for her. She and her help went above and beyond. Hanue (i think i spelled her name right) was a spectacular host . To top it off -- our chicken tangee was delicious!! My husband and I are not good cooks and she made us one that day. thanks Hanue!!
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