If you’ve read our Guide to the Souks of Marrakech, you would know that Marrakech is an assault to the senses like no other place in the world. Walk to the Djemaa- El-Fnaa (the central square) and you will see what we mean. It is the perfect amalgam of colour, energy, and vibrance- follow the drifting smells of the spices as you make your way around labyrinthine alleys to discover local food. You will be offered snails, sheep’s head, and fried aubergines in the same breath. These will be followed by scrumptious Moroccan dates. It is no wonder that food is the highlight of a trip to Marrakech – it’s cheap, cheerful, and very tasty.
Most importantly it is colourful. The souks are akin to an explosion of colour – yellow and red spices dilly dally with bright blue dyes, green olives, and orange pottery. We love these bright images so much that we actually got one of them printed on a poster from Instant Print for our living room. We hope you enjoy this essay – it is our ode to the delectable street–food of Marrakech:
#1 Blood Oranges
Deeply-pigmented blood oranges are a speciality in Morocco. A number of juice sellers at Djemaa-El-Fnaa sell the juice of blood oranges, but charge a premium for it. It wouldn’t be an overestimation to call the delicious, freshly-squeezed orange juice sold by the vendors lining Djemaa-El-Fnaa the best orange juice in the world.
Marrakech‘s souks have a large section dedicated to different kinds of flavoursome olives from the Atlas Mountains
In Morocco, the classic tagine is served with bread at street-side cafés. Use the bread to scoop the curried, zesty gravy- just like the locals.
Tender cuts of grilled lamb are sold at a number of restaurants dotting Marrakech‘s busy alleys.
#5 Moroccan Mint Tea:
In Marrakech, mint tea is more than a hot beverage. It is symbolic of hospitality, camaraderie, and tradition. It is served in glass tea-cups with a lot of sugar.
#6 Sheep’s Head:
It is easy to spot butcher’s selling goat and sheep heads in Moroccan souks. A local speciality,this one is not for the squeamish of heart.
#7 Snails in a Bucket:
In the middle of the colourful and chaotic Djemaa-El-Fnaa, vendors sell snails to locals and tourists alike. Fancy a bowl?
#8 Local Confectioner:
Try spotting local confectioners selling their wares amidst street-artists, gypsies, snake-charmers, wandering minstrels, magicians, folk-singers, and ventriloquists. Some of the specialities include peanut brittle and sesame and fig pastries.
Tempted to plan a trip to this amazing country? Make sure you read our list of Top 10 Things To Do in Morocco
Did you think munching on Sheep’s head is bizarre? Wait till you read our Weirdest Travel Experiences from around the world 😉