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Marrackech's street food a highlight of Morocco tours

Marrakech is a popular part of Morocco tours for a wide variety of reasons. Aside from offering a rich sense of history, the country's fourth-largest city is hotbed of cultural activity. While both are surely good enough reasons to visit Marrakech, you should also make a point to add it to your itinerary thanks to its place among the best destinations in the world for street food. With vendors spread throughout many of Marrakech's streets, you'll get to sample food you can't find anywhere else.

The unquestioned center of the street food scene in Marrakech is Djemaa el-Fna square. Often regarded as the heart of the city, Djemaa el-Fna is home to about 100 open-air food vendors, but their culinary offerings are about as far as you can get from your typical hot dog and pretzel stands you'll see stateside. Instead, you'll encounter everything from sheep's head to couscous to fried eggplant. The square has much to offer besides food, however. Once the sun sets, entertainers ranging from dancers and story tellers to snake charmers and magicians begin to populate the area - making for a truly unique experience.

While Djemaa el-Fna may be the most well-known street food hotspot in Marrakech, it is not the only place where you can get a taste of the local culinary offerings. A small street located just a short distance from the square, known as Rue El Kassabin, is often regarded as a hidden gem. Experts recommend trying a food known as mechoui, which is a type of slow-roasted lamb. Of course, there is much more to try including escargot and Moroccan-style macaroons. 

Whether you're an adventurous eater or a first-time foodie, there's no denying that the food vendors of Marrakech will leave a lasting impression long after you've completed your tour of Morocco. 

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