Food-Lovers Guide to Morocco
By Carissa Hickok
Since Moroccan culture is a fascinating blend of Arab, African, and European influences, it only makes sense that the food would reflect that. Morocco is known for having one of the most diversified choices of food in the world. Although the cuisine has several staple dishes, expect each region of the country to have its own unique twists on the classics. Each of Morocco’s major cities has its own world-renowned tastes.
Couscous is considered the national dish of Morocco, and is easily its most famous. Couscous is made from semolina, which is essentially the non-flour part of wheat. This creates a filling substance similar to bread that is often paired with vegetables and a type of stew.
Don’t go thinking that Moroccans don’t eat bread, however – it is also one of the staples of their diet. Whole grain and white bread are the most common.
The most commonly consumed meat is chicken. Beef is the most commonly consumed red meat, although lamb is often preferred. Also, seafood is quite dominant in the cuisine due to the country’s expansive coastline.
Being a coastal city, Rabat is a great place to try all types of seafood. The various markets around the city sell almost anything you can think of.
Rabat has a number of restaurants offering both great local food and stunning views of the surrounding area. One notable example is the Café Maure, located right on the coast. While this isn’t a place to come if you have worked up a large appetite, it is a great place to enjoy a mint tea or some dessert while admiring the gorgeous view of the Atlantic. Another restaurant to consider is the Villa Mandarine. Although it has a hefty price tag, it is well known for being one of the city’s best restaurants, so it is definitely worth checking out.
Although Fez does have its fair share of popular restaurants, street food here is often just as delicious, and only a fraction of the price. Feel free to walk around the various markets in the main area of the city and try anything that looks or smells promising.
If you do want a restaurant instead, and want an opportunity to try traditional Moroccan food, Snack Omar is a great way to do so. Tajines, pastilla, meschwi, and other local favorites can be found here, and if it turns out you don’t like them, pizza and spaghetti are also available.
Tangier is a great place to try various stews and types of couscous that can be harder to find other places in the country. Street food can also be a cheap and delicious alternative.
Tangier, as well as Morocco in general, is quite an easy place for vegetarians to find a meal. Feel free to also try tapas or other Mediterranean classics, which are quite prevalent here.
In conclusion, Morocco is a remarkably diverse place with enough varieties of food to satisfy even the pickiest of travelers. The food will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of any trip to Morocco.
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.
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