Unlock Fez’s Foodie Doors in Africa’s Largest Medina
19 Jun 2017
- The car-free medina of 10,000 streets is filled with diverse dining destinations
- Fez is Morocco’s foodie city packed with Street Food, Pop Ups and Riad Cooking
- Palais Amani an art deco hotel in the medina offers foodie souk tours and cookery classes
- A new four night foodie break at Palais Amani has been unveiled
Fez is Morocco’s foodie city and most foodie discoveries can be found here in one of the world’s most fascinating medinas, a listed UNESCO World Heritage site.
With its roots in 13th-century Arabo-Andalusian cuisine, Fassi gastronomy combines sweet with savoury, treating fruits as vegetables and making great use of a whole range of spices and condiments, including cumin, coriander, pepper and cinnamon among other ingredients. A local delicacy is pigeon and almond pastilla and a must try whilst in Fez.
Located at one of the most significant entrances to the medina is Palais Amani, Fez’s leading independent hotel. Home to 15 suites and bedrooms, this art deco building was partly rebuilt in the 1930s and is today one of the main destinations in Fez with its restaurant, roof top bar and basement hammam open to non-residents also. Palais Amani showcases the finest authentic and traditional Moroccan decoration. A large garden of 600m2 is at the centre of the palace filled with orange trees where birds, permanent residents here, provide the birdsong in this tranquil haven.
At Palais Amani, guests can enjoy a Cookery Break and are invited to seek out traditional ingredients which will later be used within a cookery class. Fez is full of history and still maintains an authentic Moroccan feel, throughout a morning tour of the souks gathering ingredients with the head chef, guests will also encounter some hidden foodie spots that tourists may not always find. With all the ingredients in a basket it is back to Palais Amani for a two hour cookery demonstration with the chef. Here guests will learn how best to use Moroccan ingredients including a vast selection of spices to create traditional dishes. Guests later sit down to enjoy their own lunch on the stunning terrace. All guests on the Cookery Break take home a Palais Amani apron, a mini basket of spices and detailed recipe sheets to recreate the new recipes back home. Cookery classes include:
- Tajine and side dishes (€97 private or €77 part of a group)
- Moroccan breads and pastries (€67 private)
Within the medina Palais Amani recommends the following authentic hidden foodie gems: Berrada, a family restaurant in the Chaabine district where diners can enjoy a wide selection of grilled meats and a daily selection of tajines, which diners can taste in the kitchens. Just around the corner from there is a Bessara seller, a hole in the wall shop that makes 200 litres of soup a day, a heavy dose of olive oil, paprika and garlic puree are added on top. Finally, ‘la cremerie de la place’ is the perfect spot for a mint tea or a fresh orange juice and is a great place to stop and watch the copper workers on the Place Seffarine.
Eden Restaurant at Palais Amani offers ‘Market Moroccan’ local produce. Here diners can enjoy Moroccan signature dishes from an a la carte menu along with a weekly changing three-course bistro menu. A diverse tapas menu is also available daily and celebrates the 13th-century Arabo-Andalusian cuisine of this area. Diners have the option to dine in the outdoor hidden paradise under the majestic citrus trees for a truly unforgettable culinary adventure.
Foodies are invited to step into the medina and open many foodie doors in the magical city of Fez.
www.palaisamani.com 12 Derb el Miter, Oued Zhoune, Fes Medina, 30000, Morocco
B&B is priced from around £180 per room per night
Cookery Break – 4 nights B&B, A La Carte dinner on first night, tapas dinner on last night, cookery class including souk tour and lunch priced €880 based on two guests
Getting to Fez from the London: Ryanair operate flights on Wednesdays and Sundays from Stansted. Air Arabia Maroc operate flights on Saturdays from Gatwick. Internal flights with Air Arabia Maroc connect Fez and Marrakech.