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

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

What You Can Expect

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

Learn how to cook tagine

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

REETKATLIN

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We had a great tour with Fatima for three of us. It was amazing to see where our ingredients come from and how tasty food we can prepare under careful eye of our teacher. Would recommend to everyone.

sav76

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Most delicious tagine in Morocco! The guide Sanaa is such a delightful, enthusiastic person. From the moment we met her, she was upbeat and eager to share her culture. Navigating the souks to pick the fresh ingredients is what sets this class apart--you get to talk to the local vendors and learn the names of the foods in Arabic--also great to see where your food is coming from. I would highly recommend this cooking class if you like Moroccan food and are interested in getting an inside view on how its prepared.

Ivi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great experience from getting food ingredients to learning to make a Chicken Tagine. The home we cooked in also had wifi. Even had a demonstration of how to prepare and pour mint tea.

modesticooper

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was the best experience ever for my trip. I love everything about this experience its a must .

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Had such a great time with the cooking class!!! It ended up just being two of us with the instructor. You start by going through the Medina/market to get all fresh ingredients. Buying ingredients from the vendors is fun as they are happy to meet new people. You're asked ahead of time what you prefer to cook as well so there's options. Once we got to the Riad where we'd be prepping the meal Karima, our instructor, welcomes us with mint tea. From there we basically help prep the meal and she assists with the cooking of it. When we're ready to eat she has the table all set for you. Karima was truly the sweetest person and so fun to cook with!!! The day after the class I was running through the Medina to meet for another tour and I heard my name. Kind of surprised to hear two people yelling my name after only being in Marrakech for two days I was a bit confused. I look back and it was Karima and the gentleman from the produce stand. Both had huge smiles on their face as I turned back to say hello. That was the highlight of my day!

Miss Lindsey a H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Fantastic morning shopping in the locals market then learning how to prepare and cook Tagine in a beautiful riad. Our host could not have been any better. We will remember this for a very long time

Maria Jose B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Very nice experience. First day in Marrakesh for us so waking around the souks shopping for the ingredient was an experience. Felt safe at all times and the final product (the tagine) was delicious.
Totally recommended.

Lore F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great experience! Had a great time. Sara is great. She is very friendly, helpful, and knows how to make a great tangine. I definitely recommend this day trip. I felt it was a bit pricey when I book it, but it was probably the best day trip I booked for my trip. Well worth it.

Lynell B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Karima our host was lovely. We visited her local suppliers in the souks and sourced our ingredients and then she made us very welcome at her riad. It was a very hands on experience. We were shown how to make Moroccan tea, vege couscous, a Moroccan salad and two types of tagine. There were lots of laughs and it was very informal.

SueP

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This was a fabulous tour and cookjng class. Sara was my delightful companion guide and teacher who was patient, caring, friendly, warm and an excellent ambassador for her country. We found the best places to buy fresh food and had an amazing eye opening tour through the souks. Sara and I did the cooking in a lovely kitchen in a riad and we spent a very relaxing and informative time cooking and eating our tagine. Sara has a natural ability to get along with people and to make them feel comfortable while encouraging me to prepare food the Marrocan way. I learnt so much from her but most importantly I take her warmth and hospitality home in my heart. A wonderful experience which I feel privileged to have had. Thank you, Sara.

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