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Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner

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Marrakech, Morocco

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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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
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

Experience a Moroccan spice market and the height of the hubbub at Marrakech’s central square, Djemaa El Fna, on a 3.5-hour food tour. With a food-loving guide, learn about Morocco’s exotic spices and flavors; watch buyers and sellers haggle at a meat market; and sample culinary specialities such as fluffy Berber pancakes and ghoulal, a soup made with snails. Finish with an authentic Moroccan dinner surrounded by the dizzying colors, sounds and sights of Djemaa El Fna. Numbers are limited to 12 for a more personalized experience.
  • Food walking tour of Marrakech and traditional dinner at Djemaa El Fna
  • Follow your expert guide to food shops other tourists miss and sample local delicacies
  • Discover the rich spices used in Moroccan cooking, including saffron, anise and cumin
  • Savor an authentic Moroccan dinner amid the peddlers and performers of Djemaa El Fna
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures more individualized attention from your guide
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Local English speaking guide
Food tastings in markets and souks
Authentic local dinner
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Food

Departure Point

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

Departure Time

6:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
A must-do for foodies! Get caught up in the sensory overload of Marrakech as you wander its most famous square with a guide who'll help you find the hidden gems amid the madness. Sample fascinating local specialties before finishing the evening with a delicious traditional dinner.

Start your Moroccan culinary adventure when you meet your knowledgeable guide at Djemaa El Fna, the main square of Marrakech’s medina, in the early evening.

Hear a lowdown of what’s ahead and take time to absorb the dizzying square — declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001. In the evenings, Djemaa El Fna takes on a livelier persona as it fills with prettily lit hot food stands and crowds who come here for their nightly strolls and snacks.

Wander around the square, and then explore some of the side streets to discover food stops often missed by visitors. Try some of the wares on offer, including nuts, olives and other specialities, and continue to a poultry and beef market to watch the locals barter for meat. Haggling is integral to Moroccan life and seeing the deals being made provides a fascinating insight into local culture.

Delve into a spice market as your guide recounts how Morocco was an important spice-trading center, and view the rainbow-colored products such as saffron, paprika, cardamon, anise and turmeric. Learn how they’re used to enliven tagines and other staples, and stroll on to a bustling souk.

Pause to sample typical Moroccan breads such as msemen and beghrir — fluffy Berber pancakes — and if you wish, try more challenging delicacies such as sheep’s head, cow’s hoof or snail soup, known as ghoulal.

Lastly, visit a restaurant on Djemma El Fna just as the evening reaches its height. Enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal with your group as you take in the square with its peddlers, snake charmers and entertainers.

Your 3.5-hour food tour ends after your meal. Leave your guide and either return to your hotel or continue your evening out independently.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Jemaa el-Fnaa
Destination of all magic, Jamaâ El Fna square tells through its storytellers, dancers, water sellers and snake charmers, the history of Morocco yesterday and today while subjugating its visitors by its charm that starts in the morning and still only reaches its peak in the evening
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Riad Zitoun Jdid
Charming Riad Zitoun Jdid has a number of bistros with rooftop terraces, serving mint tea and European food with Moroccan twists. Riad hotels, in grand former homes with inner courtyards, sit alongside traditional hammams and shops selling pottery, kaftans and leather bags. The 19th-century Bahia Palace has intricately decorated interiors and walled gardens, while Dar Si Siad Museum shows crafts and Berber jewelry.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mellah
The narrow alleys of Mellah were once home to the city's Jewish population, as seen in landmarks like the Lazama Synagogue, with its tiled courtyard and exhibits on Jewish life, and the tranquil Miaara Jewish cemetery. Nearby are the lively Mellah Market, with meat and produce, and Bab Mellah Spice Souk.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chez Lamine
Located in the so called Mechoui Alley behind The Alhambra restaurant in Jemaa el-Fnaa is his unmissable stand adorned with sheep’s heads and ‘Tangia’ crock pots. The meat-pot meals are cooked in the ashes of the coals from the local bathhouse. Most come during the day for the succulent Mechoui but the beef pots are served all day and are every bit as delicious. The juices that pool at the bottom of the bowl are a treat with the local bread
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Souk Semmarine
Considered the main artery of the souks of the Medina, Souk Semmarine is accessible from Place Jemaa El Fna, in a derb (alley in the medina) bearing the same name. A name he holds from the farriers who once occupied this strategic place to shoe the animals of the caravanners, while the latter did their usual shopping.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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. It can get cool after dark so please dress appropriately for this tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Morocco

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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 Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner?
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
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner?
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 Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner.
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What is the maximum group size during Experience Marrakech: Food and Market Tour of Djemaa El Fna, Including Traditional Dinner?
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This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "There is quite a bit of walking, so bring good shoes and pay attention so you don't get run over by the millions of scooters and motorbikes zipping through the alleys." See review
  • "Highly recommend getting the tanjia for dinner, if you've had your share of tagines throughout your trip." See review
  • "Do NOT eat before going on this tour - so much beautiful food to try." See review

Reviews

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A Moroccan food experience
Mel_G
, Mar 2020
Omar a very friendly and capable guide who introduced us to a variety of Moroccan specialities. Snails, cakes, doughnuts, tanghia lamb etc
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Excellent tour
Ingrid
, Mar 2020
We had an excellent evening with guide (Omar). Nice food & lovely walking tour in the city. Interesting tips & tricks. You will definitely not leave hungry!!!
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Crazy, fun bike tour with food!
Rachael_T
, Mar 2020
This tour was alot better than we thought it was going to be. Although be warned, biking through the crowds and narrow alleyways in the souks was very challenging but fun and we really enjoyed it! Younnes was a fantastic guide he kept us safe and gave us information about the city and the different foods which we tried along the way. He even went out of his way his way at the end of the tour to redirect us back to the Medina. Thanks for a great tour!
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Great food in a great city
Rachael_T
, Mar 2020
Omar was very knowledgeable about the history, culture and food in his city. The amount of food stops for us was perfect and we got a good mix of different foods. We would recommend this tour
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Moroccan food tour
ryokohiraok
, Feb 2020
A tour through Marrakech’s busy market with introduction to Moroccan specialties. Great experience walking with a knowledgable guide, showing us through complex alleys only the local know. My mother does not speak English, but still had a great time with wonderful people to walk around the market. Thank you so much for the memorable experience Mohamed!
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Amazing! Come hungry!
Kelly M
, Jan 2020
This was a perfect way to begin our trip. We tried such a variety of traditional food from olives to soups to tangina to snails and sweets! Our guide was full of great knowledge, tips and stories and did a great job integrating six Australians and Europeans with two of us and making it so much fun!
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An Excellent Experience
241ivan
, Dec 2019
A memorable experience expertly guided through the labyrinth of streets into Aladin’s caves of bakeries and food stalls by the charismatic Omar imparting history and local knowledge with great skill and care.
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Excellent Value and a Wonderful intro to the city at night!
EleanorRose6
, Dec 2019
We were guided by fun and gregarious Omar, whose English was faultless and whose fun demeanour kept everyone delighted all evening. This tour was one of the highlights of our trip. There's so much scare-mongering out there about being a tourist at night here, so if you're feeling a little nervous or are just a bit overwhelmed by the culture shock, this is the perfect thing to really help you feel at ease and happy walking around the city at night. It would be an absolute crime to not see this incredible city come to life after dark. My boyfriend was hoping for a bit more of a foodie tour- looking for ingredients, spices etc. round the market, but this was more of an amazing magical mystery tour of sampling such a wide range of culinary delights all round different areas of the medina. I honestly can't recommend it enough, we had a really great time, felt like we got so much bang for our buck, and got to try so many amazing foods in a great variety of settings- not just the touristy places. Our favourite bit was going to the neighbourhood communal oven and learning about how everyone brings their dough to be baked. Omar is ace, such an informative, lovely guy.
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Fantastic
Barneyrubble21
, Dec 2019
Fabulous few hours tasting and learning about the food of Morocco. Omar was a great guide and made sure that everyone was enjoying themselves. We tried pastries, savoury doughnuts, soup, snails and, of course, olives before a lovely dinner on a rooftop terrace. Go hungry is my advice, you won’t regret it. Very entertaining evening spent in the Médina
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Great evening in Marrakech
tkgs2016
, Nov 2019
Great experience! the tour was a great way to experience the market, to stay away from tourist traps and discover nice places. Our guide was engaging and great!
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