La Maison Arabe
La Maison Arabe is a luxury boutique hotel in the Marrakesh medina just a few minutes from iconic Place Jamaa al-Fna. It’s a renowned foodie destination, with a famous cooking school and three fine-dining restaurants. The cozy Piano-Jazz Bar is a good spot for a pre-dinner cocktail or some lighter bites; and yes, there is a live pianist! Le Restaurant also has live music—unobtrusive lute and guitar melodies—and serves a mixture of traditional and upscale modern Moroccan cuisine. Les Trois Saveurs offers French and Asian dishes alongside Moroccan.
By nr, AFAR Contributor
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We did the well known cooking school at the Maison Arabe riad and loved it! The native chef has worked in New York and Chicago and speaks flawless English with a good sense of humor. Classes are small, around 10 students, and do fill up, so call the hotel in advance to reserve a spot. These beautiful lamps were in a hallway at the lovely Riad. They were very fine. You can find them in the medina, but rarely this intricate. The light they made was magic.
Famous cooking school.
The set up for my chicken tagine that I made in the well known cooking school at the Maison Arabe. It's taught by a wonderful local chef, who used to cook in New York and Chicago, has a great sense of humor, and flawless English. Classes are small, around 10 people, lots of fun and lunch is served afterwards! We picked up lots of tricks with the tagine and spices.
Cook your way around a Moroccan kitchen
If you’re going to eat your way around Marrakesh, why not go one step further and learn to cook like a Moroccan? Many restaurants and riads offer great cookery classes, including Maison Arabe, Café Clock and Souk Cuisine. The best offer the chance to go shopping for ingredients with the chef and finish with you dining out on your creations. Learn the secrets of hand-rolled couscous, the special blend of spices and preserves that make a classic tajine, and maybe even take your own bread to be cooked in the community wood-fired ovens. Just make sure there’s enough space in your luggage for a tajine dish at the end of your trip.
By Paul Clammer
Derb Assehbi, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco