Marrakech restaurant.

12 February 2019

Why Every Foodie Needs to Visit Marrakech in their Lifetime

There are many attractions to see and activities to try in Marrakech. However, what is often overlooked is the fact that the city is a foodie’s paradise.

It is a city of scrumptious cuisines, poignant spices, and colourful dishes. If that describes what you would like to see and taste, then a trip to Marrakech is due.

Marrakech Offers a Wide Spectrum Of Tastes & Textures

The food of Marrakech ranges from sweet to spicy and everything in between. Some of its most popular dishes are soft and chewy, others are crunchy, and the rest combine these textures into one dish.

Let’s not forget colour. The food of Marrakech is one of the most colourful sights you will see in the city, whether its the assortment of fruits and spices in street markets, or the arrangement of meals on your plate at local restaurants. The reality is that you can find a flavour, texture and combination of colours that are brand new for you.

A Short List of Popular Marrakech Dishes & Treats

The Markets

Marrakech market.

One of the appeals of visiting Marrakech is to see its bazaars and marketplaces, many of which are smorgasbords of food ingredients and street foods. If you call yourself a foodie, you owe it to yourself to walk through a crowded Marrakech market where merchants are selling food. Such a visit will make for great Instagram photos, but more importantly, it will whet your appetite for an extravagant Marrakech dining odyssey.

The Restaurants

Marrakech dish.

Of course, Marrakech restaurants offer a spectacular dining experience that will be sure to appeal to the hearts (and taste buds) of visiting foodies. The best Marrakech restaurants offer a variety of culturally-steeped dishes enjoyed by the locals, along with some more internationally recognized menu options.

For example, our Le Trou Au Mur restaurant serves a mix of popular dishes such as mechoui, berkoukesh, various Moroccan salads, banoffee pies, and a host of hot or alcoholic beverages.

The Origins of Marrakech’s Diverse Food Culture

Marrakech is a tourist-friendly area that attracts millions of people annually. Long before that, the city was one of the key trading hubs and markets in North Africa. In fact, traders would bring spices and other goods along treacherous Saharan trade routes by camel.

The Arab people brought items such as mezze and fruit from the east, and the French contributed to Marrakech’s development as a food destination. Among these food items were honey and saffron-scented stews, along with olives, mint leaves, and figs.

For centuries the city served as the centre for where food of various types flowed in and out. This never changed and is part of the reason why foodies still enjoy visiting Marrakech for its meals and cuisines.

Marrakech is a Foodie’s Dream City

If you have spent the last few years viewing Marrakech solely as a getaway for history buffs, think again. It is culturally rich, but also, abundant with colourful, flavorful, and healthy dishes that will satisfy your appetite.

The food of Marrakech will leave a lasting impression on your mind, and many of your memories of the city will centre on the tasty meals you will have eaten. The food scene in Marrakech is unlike any other popular tourist destination outside of North Africa.

 

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Why Every Foodie Needs to Visit Marrakech in their Lifetime