Behind its most obvious charm as one of the very few cities in the world that remains, to this day, largely medieval, Fes has also a well grounded reputation for being the temple of the best cuisine in the kingdom of Morocco. Moroccans regard having a wife from Fes as a blessing, because of the culinary marvels that she is supposed to – and she will – deliver.
The sophistication and sensuality of the Fassis, and the fertile lands of the region, which grow an array of first-quality organic products of an amazing variety, are the two pillars that have turned the culinary traditions of Fes into one of these highlights of the country one should not miss.
Our private food-tasting tour is designed to provide an insight into the everyday life of the inhabitants of Fes by tasting the food they normally eat, and in the places they frequent; and in doing so, one can learn also some curious facts about Morocco and its social structure, and the traces left in Moroccan food and customs by the several cultures that have permeated the country’s identity through the centuries.
Our tour starts at Bab Boujeloud, the most beautiful entry gate into the ancient medina, always lively with a constant movement of people, donkeys, mules and bikes. There are a number of cafés and small restaurants in the neighbourhood which afford some quality viewing of the everyday hustle and bustle of the city.
– Bab Boujeloud. –
Another stop is at Bab Semsla, one of the busiest markets in Fes, whose honey cakes are famous in the whole country. Fassi housewives prepare them at home and come to Bab Semsla to sell them, especially during Ramadan. Griwesh, Chebbakia, Sellou, Briouaet… try them all, and learn about the different varieties.
Visit a honey cooperative, and some popular food souks, to taste simple Moroccan street dishes, always delicious and healthy, and wander at the variety and quality of vegetables on offer. Taste the different kinds of crêpes (Malwi, Harsha, Msamen, etc.), the various sorts of olives, and learn about the art of seasoning in the spices’ souk.
You will learn also about some traditional cooking methods like furnatchi, and you will visit an ancient bakery.
The tour finishes at Tlaa Kbira, one of the most popular meeting places in the medina, where you will enjoy lunch in one of its small restaurants for locals.
A similar tour, conducted by our star chef Tarik, can also be arranged in Marrakech –
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