Choosing a Marrakech cooking class can be a challenge; there are so many to choose from so where do you begin?
What to look for with a Moroccan cooking class
The most important thing to consider is what is it that you want to get out of the class.
- are you a casual cook that wants to try something new?
- do you want a fun activity for a group or with other people?
- are you a serious cook that truly wants to learn and develop a skill to take home with you?
Once you get a sense of why you're doing the class it boils down to a few other important factors.
- how much time do you have or want to dedicate to this experience?
- do you like groups or prefer something more private?
- do you want to be in the city or would you rather be on a farm or in a different neighborhood?
- what do you want to make. Not all classes offer a flexible menu so it's important to know this ahead of time.
Above all else, you'll want to have fun! Taking a few of these points into consideration can help you do just that!
Cooking Classes in Marrakech
I've collected a few of my favorites here and given you some reasons why you may want to consider each one. I will add to this list through time.
La Maison Arabe Marrakech
One of the oldest cooking schools in Marrakech, La Maison Arabe is centrally located and can accommodate large groups of up to 10 people for courses. They offer express and half day cooking courses. In the half day course you learn how to make an appetizer and main dish or main dish and dessert. For the express course, just one dish is made.
Dar Les Cigognes
If you're looking for a private cooking experience than I would highly consider booking with Dar Les Cigognes. Not only is their kitchen staff excellent but you'll have the chance to try some of the lesser known Moroccan dishes – if you'd like. Each course is customized. This is a great course for beginning cooks but also for those that are very confident in the kitchen and truly want to challenge their skills and learn new dishes.
Best for: Serious cooks/chefs as well as people that would prefer a private experience.
This Moroccan cooking class takes place at the restaurant Libzar under the supervision of head chef Assia Kabous. You can choose from a morning or afternoon class depending on your schedule. Everything is professionally arranged and you learn how to make multiple dishes. The restaurant is in Gueliz, not the medina so it's also quite easy to find via walking directions or taxi.
Best for: Those that want an in-depth cooking experience with multiple courses and don't mind leaving the medina.
Amal Women's Training Center
This local cooperation helps train underserved women in the culinary arts. This is done through various ways such as running a successful restaurant, teaching cooking classes focused on the Moroccan kitchen, as well as providing trainees with the soft skills needed for and assistance with securing jobs after their training is complete.
Their classes start earlier in the day at 9am and are in Targa, outside of the medina so you will need a taxi or transportation to bring you to and from the location. Tajines are traditionally prepared and they do accommodate children being included. There is no market component to these courses but it does include a tea ceremony and cooking traditionally over charcoal.
Best for: Travelers who want to give back, families, and those don't mind a group setting
Cafe Clock Marrakech
This Marrakech cooking class includes instruction as well as a visit to the market. The class has a variety of menu options that you can choose from to make. If you are a vegan or vegetarian they are also able to cater for your needs and tailor the options to fit.
The menu is chosen as a class so this could be a slight draw back however the classes tend to be smaller so easier to reach a consensus. Courses are held at Cafe Clock in the Kasbah of Marrakech which is a great location that not many people visit (unless staying nearby) but well worth seeing!
Best for: Travelers that want to meet others and be in a smaller neighborhood of Marrakech
Ourika Organic Kitchen
Take a trip outside of the city to enjoy a cooking class on this private, organic farm. Chef Amanda is an expert on Moroccan food and runs and operates both the farm and cooking classes. You will be able to adjust the menu to your liking as courses are private.
If you'd rather not cook, you also can visit the farm and enjoy a Moroccan lunch in the garden or by the pool. You're also welcome to stay after you eat to enjoy the Marrakech sun and sit poolside for a bit!
Best for: those that want a more intimate course in a quiet setting
L'Atelier Faim d'Epices
This is a full day cooking experience for people that want to really understand Moroccan food and spice profiles. The course is held on a farm outside of Marrakech and is available daily (except for Tuesdays).
The menu is set each day so you won't have the chance to choose what you'd like, but you can choose based on what's offered which day. It is a working farm so there are cats and dogs on site if this is a concern. One big bonus is they also provide transportation so you don't have to worry about getting to and from the location.
Best for: people who want to spend a full day out of the city.
Have a delicious time in Marrakech! If you'd rather have the food prepared for you and just show up to eat join one of our Marrakech Food Tours!