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World's Most Delicious Street Food


Risk Factor: low

The Scene: Food safety is a point of pride at the Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh’s iconic central square, where there are frequent inspections and leftover food is routinely disposed of nightly. In the surrounding streets of the mazelike medina, the rules are more difficult to enforce.

Where to Go: Djemaa el-Fna, in the medina; Rue El Kassabin, off the Djemaa, known for mechoui (slow-roasted lamb or mutton).

What to Order: Brochettes (kebabs of lamb, beef, or offal); harira (a hearty bean soup); stewed escargot; merguez (sausage) sandwiches; thin, Moroccan-style macarons filled with vanilla or coconut.

What to Avoid: Fish and seafood, which must be transported across the desert into land-locked Marrakesh.

Spotlight: Rue El Kassabin

Fabrizio Ruspoli, owner of the culinary institute Hotel La Maison Arabe, offers his insider tips on a hidden street food haven.

This tiny street, right off Djemaa el-Fna, has some of the best vendors. There’s plenty of offal for sale here, but the draw is mechoui (the street is also known as Mechoui Alley). Mutton is baked underground for five hours and served from a tandoor-like pit. Order by weight: one serving is about 500 grams and comes with bread for sopping up the goods. The best stalls? Numbers 26 and 28.


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