Marrakesh, Morocco

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Marrakesh, Morocco

Marrakesh, Morocco

Eat It: Tagines reign supreme in Marrakesh. Look for classics simmered in the conical clay cookware, like chicken with preserved lemons and olives or lamb with prunes -- but keep an eye out for more home-style varieties, including one with little meatballs called kefta. Try to dine at least once in a traditional restaurant, where the meal starts with an array of appetizer salads, like carrots with cumin, or taktouka with tomatoes and peppers (restaurant Al Fassia is famed for salads). Dar Yacout and Riad Kniza are also good choices for traditional cuisine. Must-try foods include pastilla (a savory-sweet meat pie) and couscous topped with an array of vegetables and meats. If you're adventurous, sample the food stalls on chaotic Jemma el-Fna square in the evening.

Experience It: Beautiful riad Dar Les Cigognes offers individual cooking classes where you can choose which dishes you'd like to learn. Owner and cookbook author Eben Lenderking is working to preserve old recipes and cooking methods. For a cooking tour that takes you to multiple cities in Morocco, including Marrakesh, Access Trips is a great choice.

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