Feasting permitted: Culinary highlights in Marrakech, Essaouira and Agadir

I love food. I love pretty much every kind and flavour and type of food. Except for brussels sprouts but those are  quite rarely used in international cuisine – lucky me!

So when going to Morocco food was one of the things I was looking forward to the most. And let me tell you: I didn’t get disappointed at all!

Tajines, Couscous, fresh fish and seafood…ahhh, I could go on with this for quite a while! And of course I want to share some of the extraordinary restaurants and places to indulge in divine Moroccan food. So here we go!

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Marrakech

Couscous und Tajine

Couscous and Tajine at Chez Cherougni

Where?

Chez Cherougni, a restaurant right at the central plaza called Djemaa El Fna. The popular restaurant offers good and reasonably priced food among a  local clientele. Bonus: On the terrace you also have a great view over the busy Djemaa El Fna!

What?

Couscous and Tajine, both typical Moroccan dishes. My mum and I shared a vegetarian couscous and and a tajine with meat, onions and plums. Yum!

How much?

Couscous, Tajine and a bottle of water cost 110 Dirham (11 euros).

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Pastilla

Pastilla filled with goat cheese at La Table de Marrakech

Chicken Tajine with plums and roasted almonds at La Table de Marrakech

Chicken Tajine with plums and roasted almonds at La Table de Marrakech

Where?

La Table de Marrakech, a restaurant with a cozy rooftop terrace and delicious Moroccan food. Don’t expect haute cuisine, it’s rather an everyday kind of place!

What?

Pastilla and Chicken Tajine. Seriously, the chicken tajine was THE BEST TAJINE I had while being in Morocco. I can’t really tell what spices they used, but it tasted amazing!

How much?

80 Dirham (8 Euros) for a menu (Moroccan salad, Tajine, Cinnamon Oranges), 60 Dirham (6 Euros) for the Pastilla.

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Essaouira

Linguine with a glass of white wine and an amazing view at Taros

Linguine with a glass of white wine and an amazing view at Taros

Where?

Taros, a higher priced restaurant with a great flair and an even greater view from the rooftop terrace:

Sunset

Bonus: There is live music every night and they have PONCHOS when you get cold by the chilly sea breeze!

What?

Seafood! I had Linguine with freshly caught clams and creamy sauce. Oh, and don’t forget to have a glass of white wine. Usually alcohol isn’t served in Moroccan restaurants as Muslims are not supposed to consume alcohol. By the way, this is also why mint tea is often called the “Berber whiskey”… 🙂

How much?

110 Dirhams (11 Euros)  for the Linguine.

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Freshly caught fish right next to the port

Freshly caught fish right next to the port

Where?

There are about a dozen of small grills next to the fishing port. Choose the fish (or calamares, prawns,…) and get it freshly prepared by the vendors. Don’t worry about getting sick as the fish is grilled. However, be careful with the salads!

What?

Fish. And some baguette that comes with it.

How much?

100 Dirham (10€)  for a great portion of mixed fish and seafood.

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Agadir

Fish Tajines

Fish Tajines and fried fish in the background

Grilled sardines

Grilled sardines at the Souk

Where?

Port Number 7 at the Souk of Agadir. It’s where all the grills are, and around noon the place is crowded with locals! Only for lunch, as the Souk closes at 7pm.

What?

Grilled sardines, prawns, fried squid,…

How much?

10 to 20 Dirham (1 to 2 Euros) per portion. All in all, you need about 50 Dirham (5 Euros)  for lunch and a drink!

Always happy travels!

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