Dinner with a Local Family in Fes, Fes

4.6 (53 reviews)

Overview

Morocco sits at the geographical and cultural crossroads of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. So it's no wonder Moroccan gastronomy is one of the greatest in the world, thanks to this mix of cultures, flavors, and nations! While in Morocco, you'll find many restaurants serving beloved dishes and recipes. But the best food is found in family homes, complete with secrets and techniques passed down by generations.

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in a culture is with food. So go the extra step and join a local family for dinner in the Fes Medina, an incredibly unique experience that not many visitors do. You'll learn about authentic gastronomy, recipes, and ingredients from the direct source as you chat and mingle with a joyful Moroccan family.

This experience is an excellent way to understand the Moroccan culture first-hand, and the family's hospitality and generosity will, without a doubt, touch you. Discover the secrets behind several famed recipes, understand the local culture, and explore the unique etiquette of visiting a family in Morocco. Then polish it all off with a delicious meal and conversation!

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Travelers often mention

Summarized by AI based on kimkim traveler reviews

Warm and Welcoming Family

Many reviews highlighted the hospitality of the host families, noting that they were warm, welcoming, and made guests feel at home. (29 mentions)

“The family we visited was super nice.” — Clara Y.
Delicious Home-Cooked Meal

Travelers consistently praised the quality and taste of the home-cooked meals, describing the food as delicious, authentic, and plentiful. (26 mentions)

“Dinner was absolutely delicious” — Jennifer M.
Memorable Experience

Many guests described the experience as memorable and one of the highlights of their trip, appreciating the personal and intimate nature of the visit. (18 mentions)

“Visiting Moroccan homes was one of the highlights of the trip.” — Mary Arlene W.
Unique Cultural Experiences

Some travelers enjoyed unique cultural activities such as wearing traditional clothing, dancing, and getting henna tattoos during their visit. (13 mentions)

“We ate and talked and asked so many questions and wore kaftans and danced.” — Janelle T.

Traveler reviews

53 total ratings, 43 with reviews
4.6
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4.6
Food
4.8
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4.9
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Jennifer M.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Jun 23, 2024
This was the perfect activity for our first night in Marrakech. Dinner was absolutely delicious and our kids enjoyed the chance to talk with the young son of the family who prepared our meal. Read more

This was the perfect activity for our first night in Marrakech. Dinner was absolutely delicious and our kids enjoyed the chance to talk with the young son of the family who prepared our meal.

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Clara
Clara Y.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Jun 19, 2024
We ended up visiting a family in Marrakech outskirts instead of Fez because the Fez family cancelled on us last minute. The family we visited was super nice. We had cookies in their backyard and they showed us how they cooked the food and we had dinner at the living rooms. The food was super home made and tasty. I wish I get to hang out more with the ladies of the house more but they mostly stayed in the kitchen only and didn’t eat with us. Read more

We ended up visiting a family in Marrakech outskirts instead of Fez because the Fez family cancelled on us last minute.

The family we visited was super nice. We had cookies in their backyard and they showed us how they cooked the food and we had dinner at the living rooms. The food was super home made and tasty.

I wish I get to hang out more with the ladies of the house more but they mostly stayed in the kitchen only and didn’t eat with us.

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Kathy B.
Dallas, TX | Reviewed on Jun 19, 2024

The dinner at the Moroccan home was okay. The family was hospitable, and the food was fine, but the experience felt a bit awkward. It was interesting but not something I would want to repeat multiple times.

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Elizabeth A. B.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Jun 09, 2024
The family was lovely, so I don't want this review to take away at all from them. However, KimKim made it sound like our family would be eating and spending time with another family (and we were told that they had two young kids around the same ages as ours). However, what we actually got was a family with a 19 yro, and we were really "served" food by the family, not really chatting or spending much time together. To be honest, this felt pretty weird being served by a Moroccan family...we had... Read more

The family was lovely, so I don't want this review to take away at all from them. However, KimKim made it sound like our family would be eating and spending time with another family (and we were told that they had two young kids around the same ages as ours). However, what we actually got was a family with a 19 yro, and we were really "served" food by the family, not really chatting or spending much time together. To be honest, this felt pretty weird being served by a Moroccan family...we had really wanted to spend time with them instead. The food though was delicious!

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Janelle
Janelle T.
Plymouth, MN | Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024
Do this experience! Spending time with the family was so special. We ate and talked and asked so many questions and wore kaftans and danced. Very memorable. Read more

Do this experience! Spending time with the family was so special. We ate and talked and asked so many questions and wore kaftans and danced. Very memorable.

Quality of Experience
Food
We loved experiencing the family recipes and traditions!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Logan
Logan J.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Apr 03, 2024
We were very excited to be invited to a Moroccan home, especially because it was during Ramadan so we got to have Iftar with the family. Our driver, Reda, also attended with us because the family that hosted us did not speak English. The food was amazing and plentiful. We ate so much that we skipped breakfast the next day! Our host, Said, and his family were welcoming and hospitable and their home inside the Medina was beautiful. This was a great educational, culinary, cultural experience. Read more

We were very excited to be invited to a Moroccan home, especially because it was during Ramadan so we got to have Iftar with the family. Our driver, Reda, also attended with us because the family that hosted us did not speak English. The food was amazing and plentiful. We ate so much that we skipped breakfast the next day! Our host, Said, and his family were welcoming and hospitable and their home inside the Medina was beautiful. This was a great educational, culinary, cultural experience.

Tips for future travelers

Said and his family don't speak English, but he does speak Arabic, Spanish, and Italian. This might be helpful to know in case you know any of those languages and would like to communicate with him.

Quality of Experience
This was one of our favorite experiences on our trip because of how special it felt to be invited into Said's home. He and his family were so nice!
Food
The food was delicious! We had dates, lots of variations of bread, a Moroccan soup, a chicken and pea dish, pastilla, potatoes with cumin, fruit, tea, juice, and a delicious Moroccan dessert called Chebakia.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The host family was kind, accommodating, and welcoming! We were honored to be able to eat with them.
Transport
Our host, Said and our driver, Reda, met us at our riad and guided us for the short walk to Said's home. They also walked us back to the riad after dinner.
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Mary Arlene W.
Canada | Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024
Visiting Moroccan homes was one of the highlights of the trip. You really get the taste of the culture, and we tried dishes that you couldn't try anywhere else. Read more

Visiting Moroccan homes was one of the highlights of the trip. You really get the taste of the culture, and we tried dishes that you couldn't try anywhere else.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Janet
Janet M.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Mar 02, 2024
This was a terrific experience. Being welcomed into a local family's house was an honor. After the family warmed up to us (and we to them), the visit was fun. We were joking and laughing. Couldn't have been better. Read more

This was a terrific experience. Being welcomed into a local family's house was an honor. After the family warmed up to us (and we to them), the visit was fun. We were joking and laughing. Couldn't have been better.

Tips for future travelers

Come with some questions to ask the family like - "What are your favorite movies/tv shows?" "Tell me about weddings in Morocco" (this question led to a fun conversation with photos of their daughter's wedding pulled out to show us). Also, have a list of recommendations of movies/tv shows that you like. We were surprised that we couldn't come up with movie titles when we were asked about our favorites.

Quality of Experience
Food
The visit wasn't really about the food. It was about meeting a Moroccan family.
Transport
The son of the family picked us up and dropped us off.
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Nigar Y.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Feb 10, 2024
Wonderful, warm and welcoming family. Word of caution for those who are claustrophobic and have physical limitations climbing stairs. Read more

Wonderful, warm and welcoming family. Word of caution for those who are claustrophobic and have physical limitations climbing stairs.

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M. Javaid Y.
West Bloomfield Township, MI | Reviewed on Feb 10, 2024
Visit to an actual home in Fes Medina was a delight. A family opened its doors to us and met us with Grace and love. We really appreciated it. The only handicap is "Language" - wish we had an Arabic speaker with with us. The family's young son Hatim was fluent in English but too young to realize his much needed role to translate and facilitate conversation. Read more

Visit to an actual home in Fes Medina was a delight. A family opened its doors to us and met us with Grace and love. We really appreciated it. The only handicap is "Language" - wish we had an Arabic speaker with with us. The family's young son Hatim was fluent in English but too young to realize his much needed role to translate and facilitate conversation.

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Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport

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