I don’t consider myself foodie, but I love eating different foods when I travel. For some reason, locals always seem to direct me to the fast restaurants and going to Morocco was no different. On our free afternoon in Marrakech, my friends and I signed up to take a food tour through the Medina with Marrakech Food Tours. In addition to visiting the local baker who bakes and sells bread for local shops and neighbors, we ate street and traditional Moroccan food, snacks, and desserts. If you’re interested in trying delicious Moroccan food and drinks, here are some that are definitely worth trying.
Couscous is a traditional Berber delicacy in the North African region served with stew on top. The couscous in Chefchaouen was so good and I had it again during our food tour in Marrakech. The shop on the tour was located in a special souk area for widowed women and mothers. Men are traditionally the breadwinners in Moroccan culture, but it is nice to know that there is an opportunity for women to generate a source of income for themselves and children. The restaurant owner also collects lunch orders and caters for souk shop owners.
Moroccan Mint Tea
Often served as a welcome drink, Moroccan Tea is one of the most traditional Moroccan drinks. You can find it in coffee shops, hotels or when entering a local’s home. Green tea is the most typical type of tea served in Morocco. It’s brewed with fresh mint and lots of sugar.
If you prefer coffee over tea, make sure you try nous nous which is half milk, half espresso. Visiting a local cafe and ordering nous nous will get you to be served as a local. Nous nous was one of the Moroccan drinks that came in handy for our early mornings especially on the drive from Fez to Marrakech. Find out how to make traditional Moroccan nous nous at home in this post by Maroc Mama.
Tangia & Tagine
Tangia & tagine are flavorful traditional Moroccan dishes named after the earthenware pots in which they are cooked. Tagine pots have a conically shaped top while a Tangia pots look like vases. Tangia is a local dish in Marrakech of mainly beef or lamb. Our tour guide mentioned that Tangia is often called a “bachelor’s meal” since it only consists of meat; we ate ours with freshly baked bread.
Poms is an apple-flavored soft drink. Dining in restaurants, coke products were recommended, but when we were offered poms, we really liked it! The Poms soda honestly reminded me of a Solo Apple J from Trinidad. My friends even loved it so much, they bought bottles from a local supermarket to take home.
After a while, we DID get tired of eating Moroccan food, but the meals we ate during the trip were really good. On my next visit, I hope to try some Pastilla and more of the desserts.
Have you tried any traditional Moroccan food and drinks before?