Traditional Moroccan Food and Drinks to Try in Morocco

traditional moroccan food and drinks to try in Morocco

I don’t consider myself much of a foodie, but I love eating different foods when traveling. Locals always seem to direct me to fast-food restaurants and going to Morocco was no different. On our free afternoon in Marrakech,  my friends and I ate our way through the Medina with Marrakech Food Tours to taste Moroccan cuisine. In addition to visiting the local baker who bakes and sells bread for shop owners and neighbors, we ate Moroccan street food, snacks, and desserts. If you’re interested in what to eat in Morocco, here is a list of some traditional Moroccan food and drinks worth tasting.

What to eat in Morocco + Traditional Moroccan food and drinks - Moroccan Avocado smoothie and snacks
Moroccan Avocado smoothie and snacks from Marrakech Food Tours
What to eat in Morocco + Traditional Moroccan food and drinks - Dates and nuts
Dates and nuts from Marrakech Food Tours

Couscous

Couscous is the National Dish of Morocco. It is traditionally Berber food from the North African region served with slow-cooked stewed meat or vegetables on top. The couscous in Chefchaouen was so good and I had it again during our food tour in Marrakech. The shop on the tour was located in a special souk area for widowed women and mothers. Men are traditionally the breadwinners in Moroccan culture, but it was nice to know that there is an opportunity for women to generate a source of income for themselves and children. The restaurant owner also collects lunch orders and caters to souk shop owners.

What to eat in Morocco + Traditional Moroccan food and drinks - Moroccan Couscous
Vegetable Couscous meal

Moroccan Mint Tea

Often served as a welcome drink, Moroccan Tea is one of the most traditional Moroccan drinks. You can find it in coffee shops, hotels or when entering a local’s home. Green tea is the most typical type of Moroccan tea brewed with fresh mint and lots of sugar.

Traditional Moroccan food and drinks - Moroccan Mint Tea
Moroccan mint tea

Cafe Noir or Nous nous

If you prefer coffee over tea, Morocco there are two types of coffee that you can order in a Moroccan cafe: cafe noir or nous nous. Cafe noir is a small cup of espresso. Nous nous translates to half and half and is half milk and half espresso. Visiting a local cafe and ordering cafe noir or nous nous coffee will get you to be served as a local. Nous nous was one of the traditional Moroccan drinks that came in handy for our early mornings especially on the drive from Fez to Marrakech. Find out how to make impress your friends by making nous nous coffee at home in this post by Maroc Mama.

Pastilla

One meal in Morocco I wish I had a taste of is Pastilla. Pastilla is a stuffed pastry from Morocco, also known as b’stilla or bastilla. Itis traditionally made with pigeon, but commonly served as a sweet, savory meat pie or spicy seafood pie. On my day trip to Chefchaouen from Fes, others from the tour were able to have pastilla for dinner in a Moroccan home. It is more reason for me to go back.

Tangia & Tagine

Tangia & tagine are common Moroccan foods named after the earthenware pots in which they are cooked. Tagine pots have a conically shaped top while a Tangia pots look like vases. Tangia is a local dish in Marrakech of mainly beef or lamb. Our tour guide mentioned that Tangia is often called a “bachelor’s meal” since it only consists of meat; we ate ours with olive oil and freshly baked bread.

What to eat in Morocco + Traditional Moroccan food and drinks - Lamb Tangia
Lamb Tangia dish on Marrakech Food Tours
traditional Moroccan food and drinks - Chicken Tagine
Chicken Tagine in Rabat

Poms Drink

Poms is an apple-flavored Moroccan soda. Dining in restaurants, coke products were recommended, but when we were offered poms, we really liked it! The Poms soda honestly reminded me of a Solo Apple J from Trinidad. My friends loved it so much, they bought bottles from a local supermarket to take home.

What to eat in Morocco + 5 Traditional Moroccan Food and Drinks You Must Try - Poms Soda
Poms Drink

Most of the food in Morocco that we ate during our trip was filled with spices and very flavorful. If you’re visiting Morocco, I suggest going on a Moroccan food tour or find a Moroccan cooking class on sites Viator,Airbnb Experiences, or Expedia. Learn how to make these Moroccan dishes first hand and come home to share the recipes for these meals with friends and family. We stumbled across places to eat and had some suggestions from our tour, but you can see the restaurants with the best Moroccan dishes and where to eat in Morocco from sites like TripAdvisor.

5 traditional Moroccan Food and Drinks You Must Try

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What to eat in Morocco + 5 Traditional Moroccan Food and Drinks You Must Try

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21 thoughts on “Traditional Moroccan Food and Drinks to Try in Morocco

  1. Kiwi says:

    I am a big foodie so thanks for this! I have always wanted to go to Morocco so this food list I need to try to get a sample of some of this food.

  2. MUAKimPorter says:

    I love tangia. We had the best one at Riad Gallery 49 in Marrakesh. Moroccan Mint tea for the win. I love Pastilla too. I was having a conversation with a friend yesterday about the vegetables. It was honestly not one of our faves because we thought they cooked them too done.

  3. Mimi Green says:

    It looks yummy! I’ve never had Moroccan Food, I’ve heard of couscous and seen it in the store but I’ve never tried it. I would go for the tea first because I am a tea lover.

  4. Carissa (The Green Eyed Lady) says:

    Ive never had Moroccan Food…but it looks delicious! I wonder if we have some Moroccan restaurants in my city!

  5. Sheena Steward says:

    All this looks good! One of the best things about travel is food. Glad you were able to find some good spots and delicious food.

  6. Ashleigh.Noelle says:

    I’ve been wanting to try new foods. That was my goal. Try a new dish every month from a different culture. Thank you for regrounding my focus! This post is everything

  7. E. Jones says:

    All of the dishes looked good and I never tried Moroccan food before…..well I had couscous but it didn’t look like what you posted, LOL. I will have to look up to see if there is any Moroccan restaurants in my area. Thanks for sharing love.

  8. Ashley C. says:

    All of these look delicious! I’m a huge fan of trying new dishes from other cultures and Moroccan food is now on my list. Thanks for sharing!

  9. JustErinSmith says:

    I consider myself a foodie and I love to try new food when traveling too! I went to Disney in Florida this past summer and Epcot has a Moroccan village! I tried Couscous there and it was pretty delicious! They also had a belly dancing show while we ate. So much fun!

  10. Donyell says:

    The Chicken Tangine and Couscous looks so good!! I’ve never tried Moroccan food before. I would have to try the Nous Nous as well since I’m more of a coffee person.

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