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Experience Morocco: Visit a Souk and Cook Moroccan Food in Marrakech

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Marrakech, Morocco

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Gain a newfound appreciation for Moroccan cuisine during this small-group 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 Tajine
  • Learn some Arabic and shop for fresh ingredients from a local open-air market called a souq
  • Make a classic Moroccan Tajine
  • 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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Tajine
Lunch
Recipe sheet
Local English-speaking guide
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Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Hôtel Restaurant Café de France, jamaa el-fnna، Rue des Banques, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
  • A conservative dress code is recommended in Morocco. Men and women should keep their upper body (especially shoulders, chest and midriff) as well as their knees covered at all times as a sign of respect to the local culture. Wearing shorts is not recommended.
  • Maximum group size is 12.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Morocco

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Experience Morocco: Visit a Souk and Cook Moroccan Food in Marrakech?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Experience Morocco: Visit a Souk and Cook Moroccan Food in Marrakech.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Experience Morocco: Visit a Souk and Cook Moroccan Food in Marrakech?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Experience Morocco: Visit a Souk and Cook Moroccan Food in Marrakech.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Experience Morocco: Visit a Souk and Cook Moroccan Food in Marrakech?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Experience Morocco: Visit a Souk and Cook Moroccan Food in Marrakech.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Experience Morocco: Visit a Souk and Cook Moroccan Food in Marrakech?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Experience Morocco: Visit a Souk and Cook Moroccan Food in Marrakech.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Experience Morocco: Visit a Souk and Cook Moroccan Food in Marrakech?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Experience Morocco: Visit a Souk and Cook Moroccan Food in Marrakech.

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  • "Buying ingredients from the vendors is fun as they are happy to meet new people." See review
  • "Whilst the tagine is cooking, head to the rooftop, soak up the sun, enjoy the mint tea, and good view of Marrakech." See review
  • "I love everything about this experience its a must ." See review

Reviews

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Amazing Cooking Experience
Gavin_T
, Feb 2020
What an amazing end to end experience. We really enjoyed the authentic experience, and very welcoming host. One of the best parts of our holiday. We would strongly recommend you book up and experience the best of Moroccan cooking, you will learn so much.
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A must-do in Marrakech
harpurs2016
, Feb 2020
It was a fabulous half day experience. Visit the local souks to get the ingredients in the morning, different shops for different ingredients. Learnt how to make mint tea, Moroccan salad, chicken tagine, orange slices dessert. Whilst the tagine is cooking, head to the rooftop, soak up the sun, enjoy the mint tea, and good view of Marrakech. Fantastic hosts. One of us is vegan. They made a vegan tagine specifically.
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Cultural Immersion
jbgable2018
, Jan 2020
Sanae was an engaging instructor. The class was totally hands-on and I appreciated the opportunity to shop for ingredients in the market before beginning to cook. The results were amazingly tasty - better than the tajine I had in any restaurant and the ingredients could not have been any fresher! While the dish cooked, we were able to learn more about Moroccan culture and Sanae answered our questions on daily life. Highly recommended!
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Cooking day with Sanae
leedes57
, Jan 2020
Excellent, fun, adventurous, easy going. Wonderful host (Sanae). We learned a lot, no only about food but the tea ritual and Moroccan culture. Really worth it.
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Excellent day
kirk2019
, Dec 2019
From meeting at the market (Souk) and buying fresh ingredients to he preparation ad eating all was a fantastic day. The hosts were really informative and also lovely.
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Wonderful experience!
Jet615365
, Nov 2019
We couldn't have asked for a more wonderful experience! Sanae met us at Café de France and was very kind and accommodating even though we were about 25 minutes late (large group troubles). We walked through the souks and picked out all our food together - from the live chickens (yikes) to the vegetables. We then walked to a lovely rooftop and were taught how to make yummy Moroccan mint tea while other ladies helped to clean the chicken and veggies. We had a group of 13, and made 4 different pots of the same dish (chicken tagine). There was just more than enough to eat, but not too much. I've taken cooking classes in other countries before, and I liked this one because we had flexibility for each sub-group to, for example, add more spice, or less salt. The best part was how fantastic Sanae was. She was funny, had nicknames for people (which were totally fine and appropriate), was happy to answer our questions and share a bit about her background, and was honestly just such a pleasure to be around. Once she found out that we had 2 birthday guys in our group, she somehow coordinated having someone sneak out to buy a small cake, candles, and birthday hats. We all wanted to be friends with her afterwards, lol. Actually, she even hung out with a couple of us after to help show us where to buy jewelry, and helped us bargain. I will say that I had some difficulty early on trying to ask through Viator if they could accommodate 13 people, since it says the max is 12 and that's all we could pay for online. I called the viator number and left two voicemails but never heard back. But once I messaged I guess the local Morocco agency on WhatsApp, they responded immediately and were very accommodating. I'd recommend this cooking class in a heartbeat. Yeah, $56 is a tad steep, especially compared to the price of a typical lunch in Marrakech. But the quality of the food and the overall experience of the shopping, the rooftop, the tea, the laughs, and just the fantastic time we had for half a day (plus some) made it worth every penny.
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Worth doing, especially with a wonderful guide like Hanue
G7607TOsco
, Oct 2019
Great experience all around! We had no trouble finding our guide in the market. She took us shopping for the necessary ingredients including the "killing of the chicken." Talk about fresh! Also, one of our group members was vegetarian and so when we went to buy veggies, the host made sure to buy extra for her. She and her help went above and beyond. Hanue (i think i spelled her name right) was a spectacular host . To top it off -- our chicken tangee was delicious!! My husband and I are not good cooks and she made us one that day. thanks Hanue!!
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Great Experance
Pathfinder618914
, Oct 2019
I did this with my girlfriend who love to cook and we had an amazing time. The market shopping was very informative, the cooking was very hands on, and the chef was knowledgeable. I would defiantly recommend this to anyone interested.
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Sufficiently interesting but not worth experience
Wander67756299684
, Sep 2019
The tour started very chaotic. We didn't like idea of choosing/ pointing on the live chicken at the market, which was further used for cooking. It is very cruel to do so. Also, visited market was very damn, dirty and smelling absolutely horrible. I believe there should be more reasonable locations in the area. Cooking part was quite ok. However, the guide had quite annoying attitude with the jokes, messing up names, finishing gas in the middle of cooking etc. I would not recommend this tour.
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great experience
elizabethdL7436LS
, Jul 2019
Really excellent class. We spent an hour in the market and the rest of the time chopping, cooking and learning from the kind ladies who ran the class. The space was clean and the food was delicious! No complaints!!!
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