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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

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.

Amanda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Absolutely CANNOT miss this one. If you love to cook and/or eat this tour is for you. By far the best tagine we ate on our 5 day trip and we helped cook it! The tour guide was so sweet and very knowledgable about the area and what ingredients to get.

Angela S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Would recommend this to anyone, had a thoroughly enjoyable time and our hosts were fabulous. Really enjoyed the experience of shopping in the Souks and cooking our own chicken tagine which tasted delicious, we have now managed to recreate this dish at home and it turned out great

david h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

highlight of our 5 day stay in marrakech was this tour --dont miss it

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

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