Top 7 Best Moroccan Dishes to Try While in Marrakesh + Tips

Last Updated on January 3, 2022

Here you can read our guide on eating out opportunities in Marrakesh, including top best dishes Moroccan cooking has to offer while you are Marrakesh. Morocco is a melting pot of different cultures, but when it comes to North African cuisine there’s no place better to go than Marrakesh.


At a few pennies a bowl, this traditional fava bean soup is served for breakfast, topped with a swirl of olive oil, cumin and bread fresh straight from the oven.


Tagine refers to a type of North African cookware traditionally made from clay or ceramic. The bottom is usually a wide shallow circular dish used for both cooking and serving, while the top of the tagine is distinctively shaped into a rounded dome or cone.

The word tagine also refers to the stew-like dish which is slow-cooked in the traditional clay dish.  Typically, a tagine is a rich stew of meat, poultry or fish, and most often includes vegetables or sometimes fruit.

Fish chermoula

This traditional fish dish is perfect for those cold winter’s nights and also light enough for the summer. Chermoula is a North African marinade made of a mixture of Moroccan herbs, oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt and preserved lemons.


Harira is a traditional soup originally from Morocco.  Popular as a starter but also eaten on its own as a light snack, Harira has many different variations and is mostly served during Ramadan, although it can be made throughout the year.

There are many different ways to make Harira Soup and the recipes vary from family to family.

Kefta tagine

Also known as a Moroccan Meatball tagine, this famous dish it properly one of the most well known and loved.

A favorite of children and adults alike, Kefta Mkaouara is a beautiful dish of petite, cherry-sized meatballs in a zesty homemade tomato sauce.  Delicious!


A North African staple couscous is used a lot in Moroccan cooking and is incredibly versatile.


B’stilla is pronounced pas-tee-ya.  This delicious pie is traditionally made with young pigeon for special occasions, however, while in Marrakech you will find chicken and lamb versions as well. Pastilla is said to be unique to Morocco, it’s intricate and grand, fabulously rich and totally delicious.