Marrakesh Experience

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Marrakesh Street Food

Marrakshis have perfected the art of cooked street food, traditionally the province of the working class. There are hundreds of sidewalk grills scattered throughout both the medina and Guéliz. Step up for a tasty, satisfying meal at one of these institutions; it's a priceless experience that costs next to nothing. From midday to midnight, choose from grilled minced beef, sausage, lamb chops, brochettes, Moroccan salads, and french fries, supplemented by bread, olives, and hot sauce. No credit cards, clearly.

Djemaâ el-Fna

For the ultimate grilling experience, there's only one place. By dusk, more than a hundred stalls sizzle and smoke their way through mountains of fresh meat and vegetables. Step up to the stall of your choice and order from the wild array of perfectly done veggies, salads, kefta (beef patties), merguez sausages, beef brochettes, couscous, and even french fries. In cooler months or during Ramadan, try a bowl of hearty harira (chickpea, lentil, and meat soup) or country eggs in homemade bread. The meal starts with free bread (to weigh down your paper place setting) and a hot dipping sauce called harissa. The mint tea at the end should be free, too.

There's little continuity of quality, even at the same stall, so it's potluck and instinct all the way for each sitting. However, since leftovers are given to the poor every night, the food is always freshly made. Vendors will do anything to attract your attention, from dragging you to a seat, chasing you down the lanes, and best of all, performing the occasional comic rundown of classic English phrases ("it's bloody marvelous") with matching Cockney accent. Watch the Moroccans: they know what to order, and they really get into their food.

Other Medina Grills

If the idea of dining at one of the stalls on the square does not appeal to you, there are a lot of casual grill restaurants either on the square or in the streets immediately surrounding it. We can recommend three in particular that are popular with the locals: Haj Brik, Restaurant Tiznit, Restaurant El Bahja. Remember that none of these serve alcohol.

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