Marrakech is a medieval city full of marketplaces (souks or souqs), palaces, and lots of interesting culture. And with all that, there comes a lot of interesting food. And as a culinary city, the options are vast and various. Shows, street food, walking or biking—just take your pick, here are the best food tours in Marrakech!
1. Evening Street Food Tour with Marrakech Food Tours
Take a small-group guided tour through areas other than the market. This tour includes a complete meal, and an in-depth look at Moroccan food culture with the help of your tour guide; you’ll tour less touristy streets and some local secrets. This tour is usually six people or less in order to provide a more personalized tour.
Evening Street Food Tour
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2. Sandwich Tour with Marrakech Food Tours
Speaking of street food—why not focus entirely on sandwiches? Go on a walking tour of the historic Kasbah and the Mellah neighborhoods and learn all about the area. There’s less tourism here, drinks are included in the tour, and you’ll try at least four different sandwiches and samples of other foods. Marrakech Food Tours guarantees you’ll be full by the end of the tour.
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3. Gourmet Food Tour with Marrakech Food Tours
This tour is a little different; you’ll visit different Moroccan riads, with transportation in between, and have different traditional Moroccan sit-down meals. It’s a small tour—six people or less—and you may be dining in a courtyard, on a rooftop, or inside a stylish riad. If you have dietary restrictions, you can let them know beforehand.
Gourmet Food Tour
Departure Point: Djem al Fna
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Why not jazz it up a little with a bike ride? You’ll learn the history and culture of the area and foods, cycling through Jemma El Fna Square and different souks; you’ll get to eat different meat dishes and bread dishes, like tangia, houbz, and dareeja. You’ll learn about Moroccan spices from some spice souks—and don’t worry, you’ll sample some sweets, too.
4-Hour Food Tasting Tour by Bike
Departure Point: Sidi Youseff Ben Ali
Price: from 71.82 USD
This small-group cooking class is for four hours. You’ll start by shopping in a market for your ingredients with your group and guide, learning some Arabic along the way. Then you’ll go to a riad to prepare and cook your own Moroccan meal, such as tagine or couscous; then you get to eat it! Don’t worry, you get to keep a copy of the recipe for later!
Experience Morocco: Visit a Souq and Cook a Tagine
Departure Point: Djemaa El Fna in central Marrakech
Price: from 70.63 USD
This three and a half hour guided walking tour through Djemaa El Fna will open your eyes to historic and modern day Morocco. You’ll learn all about Moroccan spices, sample Berber pancakes, and try more daring foods, like snail soup or cow’s hoof. You’ll stop in food shops most tourists don’t get to see, and the tour wraps up with a traditional Moroccan dinner right in the square.
Food and Market Tour
Departure Point: Djemaa El Fna in central Marrakech
Price: from 67.04 USD
Not exactly a tour, but a unique cultural experience all the same. Get picked up from your hotel (and transported back) and taken to the show venue, which consists of a palm grove with Berber tents. You’ll sit on cushions, drink mint tea, and eat traditional Moroccan cuisine such as lamb and couscous, fruits and vegetables, and a pastry or dessert. While you eat, you’ll be entertained by exotic Moroccan belly dancers and musicians; plus, the Fantasia show will wow you with special stunts, horsemanship and staged battle scenes, and flying carpet act for the finale.
Fantasia Moroccan Dinner and Cultural Show
Departure Point: Your hotel
Price: from 51.47 USD
Specially designed for the foodiest of foodies, you can sample variations of foods on this tour—from delectable pastries, to beans or homemade couscous, to roast rabbit, to sheep eyeballs (don’t worry, you don’t have to sample everything). Your guide will give you local tips, and you’ll be in a small group, so you can really take it all in.
Walking Tour for Foodies
Departure Point: La poste (post office)
Price: from 95.77 USD
This is a simpler walking tour through the square, where you get to sample different nuts and fruits, olives, and pastries. Then you’ll tour the spice souk, learning about the spices and the more unusual foods of Morocco. End your tour with an authentic dinner in the Djemaa El Fna.
Evening Food Tour and Dinner
Departure Point: Out front of Café France in Djemma El Fna
Price: from 67.99 USD
This cooking class is six hours long, and includes transportation from and back to your hotel, and has vegetarian and gluten-free options available if needed. A local cook will put you through a spice test to see if you can guess the spices, and while you cook you’ll be provided with snacks, tea, and other drinks. You’ll cook a whole meal with sides, and when you’re done you get to eat your creation on an outdoor patio.
Farmhouse Cooking Class
Departure Point: Your hotel (select hotels only)
Price: from 65.84 USD
Do you dare to try some interesting sheep parts?
Whether you’re learning about the spices and their trade, sampling foods straight from the market, or learning to cook a Moroccan meal yourself, this culinary city is sure to delight your taste buds—and your stomach!
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