Wining and dining at Marrakech

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Google morroccan food and you get endless hits. The most famous dish is probably couscous, on this recent trip I unfortunately did not get to taste this as it is a typical friday dish. A dish of celebration.

But the marroccans offer so much more as we got to experience first hand. If you want the true experience stay clear of the hotel buffet. You get a much more authentic taste if you just take the trip down to the square Djemaa el-Fna at sunset.  Fresh ingredients arrive every night to the small stalls and there are bigger tents for eating. Take the tour and pick your choice of food. Here you can get lots of varieties. Each stall has its own speciality such as snails in spicy stocks, lamb skewers, sausages, freshly squeezed orange juice and a big variety of nuts etc.

some of the stalls in Djemaa el-Fna

some of the stalls in Djemaa el-Fna

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Picking out fresh nuts for a snack

Picking out fresh nuts for a snack

A word of advice if you choose to eat here is that although the food is fresh and prepared as you wait, plates and cutlery is washed in the same water all night. Choose the disposable plates.

This was the first time I got to experience the night market in Marrakech and I absolutely love it. When I first visited Morocco 15 years ago I only came here at daytime and it transform completely. The sounds, the shows, the smells – truly magical. Next time I visit I will surly pick these stalls over any hotel buffet.

We got the opportunity to lunch at the lovely Dar Moha. Moroccan cuisine interpreted by Marrakech´s famous chef Moha Fedal.

The courtyard offers fine dining around the lovely pool

The courtyard offers fine dining around the lovely pool

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geting waitered

geting waitered

a lovely tapas salad for appetizers

a lovely tapas salad for appetizers

a small selection of the lunch

a small selection of the lunch

To top it of we had some lovely moroccan white wine. I never knew they actually made wine here. Even if it is a muslim country most restaurants serve wine for their customers. Moroccan law does not prohibit the production of beer and alcohol, only their sale to muslim customers. Wine can be bought at the supermarket and at some restaurants especially if catered to tourists and visitors. Just remember it is not sold during islamic festivals including Ramadan.

Our last night in Marrakech was spent in the fashionable restaurant Bo-zin, just outside the center of Marrakech. Wow, a better feast may not be possible. The food was out of this world. The atmosphere, the decor, great food, good music and good company. What more to ask. The restaurant is modern and stylishly done. The food, a mix of asian and french.

apperizers

apperizers

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some outdoor cozy – neat in the heat

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outdoor couches to relax in

dinner

dinner

 

Enjoying the outdoors with a great fireplace

Enjoying the outdoors with a great fireplace

 

 

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