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What to Eat in Morocco

What’s there to eat in Morocco? Well, get back on the gluten-filled, carbo-loaded bandwagon again because bread in all forms is on the menu! But so are fresh-squeezed juices, lamb, mint tea, tajine of every sort, and my favorite: pastella! Take a look at the best of what we ate on our two-week expedition in Morocco!

Traditional Moroccan Breakfast

Five out of our seven accommodations on our trip included breakfast in our rate, and that’s the norm for Morocco’s traditional riads, dars, and hotels. They’re heavy on the carbs, light on the protein, and dishes are served as they’re prepared, not all at once. that was a little hard for us to get used to. We thought for sure we were full and finished, and then came the next dish of something or other! Take a look at the things that come from a traditional Moroccan breakfast.

Le Sultana Cafe, Marrakech
Fruit, coffee, juice, eggs, at least five kinds of bread, jam, honey, butter, and yogurt (which we already ate because we were hungry before all the other stuff came out!
Riad Zaitouna, Chefchaouen
Butter, olive tapenade, goat cheese, strawberry jam, peanut butter, apricot jam, honey, and fresh cut fruit
Plenty of bread options!
Egg omelette

Tajine

Tajine is a traditional Moroccan dish served in a traditional dish called a tajine! The food is cooked in a conical baking dish, and when it comes out it’s tender and perfectly seasoned and bubbling with deliciousness. Take a look and prepare to start salivating!

L’Adresse, Marrakech
Lamb and vegetable tajine (there is lamb under there!)
Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp, Moroccan Sahara
Tajines before the big reveal…
Beef and prune tajine
Zucchini and cheese tajine
Read on for more Moroccan Breakfast: What to Eat in the Moroccan Sahara
Riad Mazar, Fes
Egg tajine for breakfast!

Moroccan Specialties

Moroccan food is some of the most flavorful in the world, and some of the combinations can’t be found anywhere else! Their spices are richer, their meats are more tender, and their fruits are sweeter. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the best specialties Morocco has to offer!

Casa Aladdin, Chefchaouen
Bread and olives—always bread and olives!
Rick’s Cafe, Casablanca
Lamb shank with saffron rice and sesame prunes
Read on: Dining at Rick’s Cafe, Casablanca
L’Arabesque, Sofitel Tour Blanche Hotel, Casablanca
Chicken pastella: a delightful combination of chicken, cinnamon and other spices, and ground nuts, all wrapped in pastry dough and topped with powdered sugar!
Casa Aladdin, Chefchaouen
Another version of pastella; this time with kefta (ground beef) and small noodles inside!
Moroccan soup, full of vegetable broth, herbs and spices, vegetables, lentils, and noodles.

American Favorites

Need a taste of home? Morocco has you covered! Almost every restaurant we visited had something with more of a “Western” flair.

L’Adresse, Marrakech
Cheeseburger and fries: classic Americana in the middle of Jemaa El-Fna Square!
Il Postino, Ouarzazate

Fun fact: pizzas in Morocco are served with a side of hot sauce!

Four Cheese Pizza and Pizza Calzone, with tomato sauce, mozzarella, mortadella sausage, chicken, mushrooms, tuna, black olives, and black pepper
Casa Aladdin, Chefchaouen
Spaghetti with meat sauce;
this may not be an American dish, but it is certainly an American favorite!

Beverages and Desserts

And now for the best part: fun beverages and sweet treats! Moroccans do love their sugar, and I’m ever so grateful! They also love their fruits and fruit juices, which taste stronger and sweeter in Morocco!

Juice Stand, Marrakech
Orange juice with my orange friends! Fun fact, each glass contains the juice of four whole oranges, which they squeeze onsite! And at just 8 dirhams (about 80 cents), you should drink up as many as you can!
Juice Stand, Chefchaouen
Pomegranate Juice
Hotel Temple Des Arts, Ouarzazate
Moroccan cookies and mint tea; a welcome gift from the gentlemen at Hotel Temple des Arts!
The Moroccan Restaurant, Marrakech
Sweet filled pastry and almond ice cream with honey drizzle
Casa Aladdin, Chefchaouen
Natural yogurt with honey and cinnamon—I wish I could eat this every day!
Sweet Shop, Tangier
Chocolate bomb and fruity, creamy, juicy, yummy beverage!
Rick’s Cafe, Casablanca
Cafe Liegeoise!
Sweetened espresso, coffee ice cream, whipped cream, coffee drizzle, and tuile cookie!

Hungry for more? Check out my World Foods and Morocco Pages!

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