Sugar Cane Treat
Rabat's souk is not as cavernous as those of Fez and Marrakech, but it is frequented far more by Moroccans than by tourists, and for that reason it has some unique pleasures. One fo my favorite things to buy in the souk in the old city, especially on a hot day, is sugar cane juice, which the vendor makes fresh to order. He spears each stalk he blends with a slice of lemon, and when the machine is done eating away at it you have yourself a mildly sweet, slightly citrusy, cold and refreshing drink which you can even walk with (the cups are plastic). It only costs 5 dirhams, and along the longest stretch of the medina between the Oudayas and Bab Al Had there are two juice vendors within about 50 feet of each other. (I have tried each multiple times and I don't think there is a difference.) Absolutely something to try if you need something refreshing to counter the dizzy chaos of Rabat's souk.
By Elèna Ruyter
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