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

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

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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
Hôtel Restaurant Café de France , jamaa el-fnna، J2G7+G36, Rue des Banques, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

Outside Café France in Djemaa El-Fna. As you walk into Djemaa El-Fna through the main entrance this is a 3-storey café on the right side of the square. Look for the guide holding an Urban Adventures sign or badge.

6:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
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
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at the website
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Intrepid Urban Adventures - Morocco
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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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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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
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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
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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
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  • "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
  • "It would be an absolute crime to not see this incredible city come to life after dark." See review
  • "We had an amazing time and it was totally worth it." See review

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star-5
Perfect welcome to Marrakech
Stephanie_S
, Apr 2022
Atika was a wonderful guide! We took this tour the first day we arrived in Marrakech and it was a great way to get a lay of the land, begin to learn about the local culture and of course- eat! Atika was knowledgeable and extremely friendly and we felt very comfortable the entire time. It was fun to eat everything from donuts to olives to sweets to tanjia! We went back to several of the stops later in our trip. Fun night!
star-5
Unique experience
Tim_A
, Mar 2022
A unique experience with an expert guide. The sights sounds smells you experience are an experience you will never forget. Simply amazing
star-5
Eat (a lot) and discover the magical medieval streets with tranquility.
fatiha_b
, Feb 2022
I really recommend it if you need to feel tranquility and safe at the Plaza Jema ElFna at night. The guide was very nice, educated and flexible, really. A bit expensive for me as I dont eat that much (I was full after the first stop lol) but if you like to eat and discover the gastronomy while walking in Marrakech medieval streets, like my partner then it is good price of course :)
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
A night in Marrakech
Stewart_N
, Oct 2021
Our guide met us at our hotel and we began our walking food tour. We ate a lot of local foods - donuts, peppermint tea, soup, tanjine, coffee, and saw the market at night. Personally I think it’s expensive for the food we ate. Our guide Jihad, was pleasant and knowledgeable about the area and customs.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Phenomenal tour. Ali was a brilliant guide
Anton_C
, Oct 2021
Completely blew my mind! I wasnt expecting it to be THAT good. Ali took us on a journey of food I had not experienced before. Ali is the best guide I had while in Marrakech. So warm, humble and took care of us. He was so well versed in the Moroccan history in food, culture and religion. And answered our questions so thoroughly. He levitated our trip to Marrakech, we had plenty of laughs. Ali recommended places to buy spices, salts and teas, I've been back to those for some more as it was that good. I'm so happy I booked this tour, was so memorable for me and my husband. We will booking our next tour with Ali.
star-5
Delicious and adventurous food tour
Alex_U
, Sep 2021
Awesome food tour, our guide Ali has an amazing knowledge of Moroccan food and we got to try several very tasty and adventurous things which we would likely never have found on our own
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
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
star-5
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!!!
star-5
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!
star-5
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
star-5
Moroccan food tour
Ryoko_H
, 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!
star-5
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!
star-5
An Excellent Experience
Ivan_M
, 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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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
star-5
Great evening in Marrakech
Gianluca_S
, 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!
star-5
Food and market tour - Marrakech worth the effort.
DavidSHobart
, Nov 2019
Good guide, good food experience, good company - this tour has it all. Value for money as well! An excellent experience.
star-5
Great local experience with hilarious, engaging guide!
David_K
, Nov 2019
This was one of the most memorable food tours I've taken, and Omar was the most hilarious and engaging local guide! We made no fewer than 10 stops around the city, sampling a bunch of different goodies along the way! Here were some of the highlights: -A local bakery- we saw the deep oven used to bake round loaves of bread both for the baker and for neighborhood families. -A Moroccan donut/pancake shop in the Jewish quarter- here we got samples of Moroccan mint tea (each pot is made with two rectangular BLOCKS of sugar, freshly fried donuts, and savory, chewy pancakes stuffed with onion. -A pastry shop- most of the pastries, sweetened with honey, were made with some kind of nut, but most were made of almonds. -A Berber “pharmacy” (spice shop)- here we tried Berber tea (made with mixed herbs), as well as bread with Berber “nutella,” a dip made with ground almonds, honey, and argan oil (this was definitely a highlight for me!). We also got a thorough explanation of different spices, herbs, perfumes, and more from the person running the store. -Food stall at Jemaa el-Fnaa (the most bustling evening square I’ve ever seen)- at the first stall, we had harira soup, a tomato-based soup with chickpeas and pasta, along with a very sweet sesame pastry on the side. At another stall, we had snail soup—you used toothpicks to coax the little snails out of their shells, and the spiced broth gives them a nice warming, savory flavor. -Olive stalls- right outside the main square, there are a bunch of stalls all selling olives, a Moroccan staple—we tried green olives marinated in herbs; garlic; harissa; as well as black olives. -Chez Lamine Hadj Mustapha- by far the highlight for me of this food tour was sitting down for tangia (not tagine) at the rooftop terrace of a restaurant run by a former chef of the King of Morocco! Tangia is a stew of beef cooked in an earthenware pot with spices and preserved lemon, and the flavor and tenderness of the meat were unlike any I’ve had before! -Back to a stall at Jemaa el-Fnaa for a final tea made with a ton of spices, including ginger, cardamom, mace, and nigella seeds (along with plenty of sugar, of course). This acted as a final digestive and farewell drink, before we parted ways! What an amazing food tour.. four hours just flew by! Not only did we get to have some great food, we also got to visit local places and connected with an awesome, funny, knowledgeable tour guide! What a great experience!
star-5
Fun Evening in Marrakech
bennettkw1
, Oct 2019
From Morrocan crepes and pancakes, Morrocan spices to such dinner classics as snails, tagines and tanjias, this 3+ hour tour was both fun and informative. The food was great, the conversations even better. Our guide for the night, Omar, was the best: kind, funny, and most importantly, informative. Whether the questions were about Morrocan food, Marrakech specialties, Islamic customs or life in the medina, Omar was quick and accurate in his responses. He truly made it an evening to remember. Given the chance, I would readily do the tour again. Thanks Omar for a fun night out.
star-5
Great tour with Atika!
246sonjaw
, Oct 2019
Our guide Atika was super informative about all the foods we ate and sights we saw. 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. (Marrakech people tend to walk very quickly too.) The group was limited to 12 people, and it was relatively easy to find the right guide at the meeting point in front of Cafe de France even though there were two other tours meeting there at the exact same time and the Jemaa El Fna square is complete chaos. We definitely ate our fill on the tour, from donuts in the Jewish quarter to what I call "Moroccan minestrone" (harira soup) in the square to snacks from the souk to slow cooked beef and lamb at the finish. There was more food than we could finish, and it was nice to take home the bag of mixed nuts from one of the stalls in the souk. One thing to note: we did not get to try the snail soup as other reviews mentioned. A little disappointed, but understandable that tour stops may change based on what the guests like/dislike over time. Overall a very good tour, well worth the money!

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