At the back of the famous Jemaa El Fna square, in Marrakech, there is a tiny row of eateries, run by men wearing grease-covered white jackets, known as the Mechoui Alley. Here, £2 will buy you a delicious sandwich of slow cooked lamb sprinkled with salt and cumin. At night, the square transforms into a magical place with barbecue stalls serving succulent grilled keftas, beef kebabs and snail broths.
For a more upmarket experience, start with a cocktail at Marrakech’s iconic hotel La Mamounia before enjoying some modern Moroccan and French fusion cuisine (monkfish and prawn tagine with argan oil) at Jacques Garcia- designed The Selman.
After enjoying an evening cocktail on the rooftop at Taros Café, overlooking the beach in Essaouira, wander through the labyrinth of alleys within the medina and savour the fish soup and traditional Moroccan couscous and tagines at La Licorne. Rue Skala, 00 212 52 44 73 626.
The Ruined Garden restaurant is a green oasis in Fes and a welcome break from the hustle of street life. Dishes like dalmyra (spiced onion tart with pea and bean salad) or artichoke, chickpea and saffron tagine will make a visit well worth it. If you call in advance they will come and guide you there.
Bennis Patisserie is an institution in Casablanca, providing the best sugary treats and baked delicacies. Try the almond paste-filled cornes de gazelles or the honey-based, almond-filled filo triangles. 2 rue Fkih El Gabbas – Cite Habous, 00 212 522 303 025.
Written by Rob and Sophia Palmer, authors of Colour of Maroc: a celebration of food & life (£25, Murdoch Books).
olive magazine podcast ep72 – Morocco with John Gregory-Smith
This week on the olive magazine podcast, we have a special chat with food and travel writer John Gregory-Smith to celebrate his new book, Orange Blossom & Honey, and his magical Moroccan recipes.
This feature was published in January 2015
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