French, Berber or Arabic Moroccan- Marrakesh’s food influences are nothing if not diverse. But for a truly Marrakeshi meal, head out into the Djemaa el-Fna and sample the harira (a soup of lamb and lentils), merguez (spicy sausage), deep fried fish, snails, or sticky sweets. Beware of the communal washing up bucket at most stalls and ask for your meal to be served on paper.


Slurp down your mint tea strong and sweet like the locals and accompanied by traditional French patisserie at any one of the French accented cafes around the medina, including Patisserie des Princes on rue Bab Agnaou – just minutes from the Djemaa el-Fna.


The tap water is not safe to drink in Marrakesh. You should opt for bottled water and say no to ice at all times.