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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 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 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

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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 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.

Customer Reviews

Michelle C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Loved this cooking experience. We went to buy fresh food from souks and when I say fresh; well the chicken saw me before we ate it. Chef taught all steps to make Morracan salad and learned to make Morracan chicken tangine. Had oranges with honey and cinnamon. Awesome time cooking with a great chef.

Linda S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We really enjoyed this tour. I hate cooking but gave it to my friend as a gift. It was so much fun! Our guide took us to the Souq and explained everything we needed while we got a feeling for the real Morocco. The Tagine we made was the best we had on the whole holiday. I would recommend everyone to spend their morning on this tour!

Anthony M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Buying the ingredients for making a tagine was a great experience walking though the souk and watching our chef negotiate the purchase of vegetables and the fresh chicken alive until we bought it. Then back to a riad where the six of us were instructed in cutting and and preparing the tagine. Our instructor spoke excellent English and was able to improvise a request for a vegetarian tagine after we had finished shopping. The tagine took time to cook and while it did we prepared a warm Moroccan salad. The only criticism of the day is that the knives we used for preparing the tagine ingredients desperately need sharpening. Nice and different experience.

Laurel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Loved shopping for our ingredients and then preparing chicken tagine. Very well organized and a lovely day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Oh my word! What an amazing experience with Karima. Recipe, lessons, fantastic food. Highly recommended!

Brittany G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great experience! We got to shop in the local market for our ingredients and then head to the riad to learn to cook a chicken tagine and Moroccan salad. Karima was a great guide! Explain alot about the culture and food. Definitely recommend to all the foodies out there.

Victoria J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing time at the cooking class. The ladies are knowledgeable and made cooking a lot of fun. The trip to the medina, to buy the food to come ok, was very interesting. Highly highly HIGHLY recommend this cooking class.

George A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Had a wonderful time. Both our guide Sana and cook Karima were great. This experience comes highly recommended.

Theresa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

From the beginning it was awesome. Senna met us at Cafe de France as planned, took us shopping for the ingredients we needed then back to the riad where Karima awaited us. There were only four of us which was nice. We had a mint tea demostration, then it was time to get our hands dirty. Got yo make a Moroccan salad and a chicken, olive and lemon tagine, it was so much fun! Totally recommend this experience.

Sharon K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Really enjoyed this cooking excursion. Our tour guide was very friendly and made us feel really welcome. I took my 10 year old daughter and although we are vegetarian and vegan this wasn and #39;t a problem. We had a great time and cooked some lovely Moroccon food.

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