Navigate Morocco’s second city and its UNESCO medina – the largest in Africa
Learn to cook various dishes at the rooftop Fez Cooking School
Discover a food scene made up of street food, new eateries and traditional dining
Explore healthy Moroccan eating with a new cookery workshop and souk visit
Under three hours from London is an entirely different world. Fez is home to Africa’s largest medina and car free area of almost 10,000 walkways and streets. It is Morocco’s second largest city and has emerged as a foodie destination. 2020 is a great year to visit Fez as there are now more flights than ever. While the medina is still authentic, many foodies are moving in to offer even more dining options to locals and visitors.
The Fez Cooking School at Palais Amani is Fez’s leading cookery school. All foodies start with a guided foodie tour of the medina with a chef from Palais Amani which is followed by a cookery class with a chef at the purpose-built Fez Cooking School located on Palais Amani’s roof terrace. The session ends with lunch and gorgeous views of Fez.
NEW for 2020 – Healthy Moroccan Eating
Spices prevail in Moroccan cuisine, the rich golden yellow of turmeric, the deep red of red bell pepper, and the warm beige of cumin, are not only added for taste but for their medicinal properties as well. The aim of the new Healthy Moroccan Eating Workshop is to introduce guests to some of the dishes and ingredients that are prevalent in traditional Moroccan cuisine. The menu choices have been prepared to allow guests to learn how to create dishes passed down through family traditions and to understand some of the properties that can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Start with a visit out into the medina’s local souks with Palais Amani’s chef. Back to the Palais Amani for a cooking workshop at Fez Cooking School, and finish by enjoying the union of spices and culture in the meal afterwards in the luxuriant Andalusia gardens or on the roof terraces. You leave the workshop with a detailed recipe sheet. €77 for the 4-hour experience including souk guided visit
The Fez Cooking School offers guests a diverse menu of dishes to prepare always under the guidance of a local chef. Starters include Bissara (bean soup), Carrots with Charmoula, Moroccan bread or Zaalouk (aubergine dip). Mains include Chicken Tajine, Chicken Pastilla, Slow cooked Fish Tajine and desserts include Baghrir and Semolina Ghriba (small coconut cakes).
From market stalls to pop up restaurants to traditional riad dining rooms, Fez offers a style of cuisine for most tastes. Moroccan cuisine rules in Fez but new Mexican, Thai and French restaurants have also opened.
Each of the 18 bedrooms and suites at Palais Amani is completely different both in design and layout. The Classic Rooms are cosy offering discreet views of the garden or medina. The second category of rooms are the Luxury Rooms which combine a seating area and bedroom with stunning large windows and doors. The Junior Suites have a master bedroom, elegant salon and bathroom and can accommodate an extra bed so can sleep up to three. The Senior Suites offer an additional single room and the minimum dimensions are from 45m2 and include a salon and dedicated dressing area. Finally, The Grand Suite; this unique splendid room covers the whole 100 sq/m of the south wing. The suite includes a salon, a his and hers dressing room, spectacular bathroom and includes breath-taking views of the gardens and hills beyond. All rooms have their own fragrance and feature local beauty products and a selection of water and wines. Room service is also available.
Possibly one of the finest breakfast experiences of any hotel. Breakfast is a three-course experience and includes a daily changing course of traditional Moroccan dishes. Aside from the wide selection of fruit, pastries, breads, eggs and warm and cold drinks, the Moroccan specials include Harira and Meloui, M’hammer or Bghrir. Breakfast is served both in the restaurant and alfresco to the backdrop of birdsong.
Eden Restaurant at Palais Amani offers 'Market Moroccan' local produce. Here diners can enjoy Moroccan signature dishes from an a la carte menu along with a weekly changing three-course bistro menu. A diverse tapas menu is also available daily. Diners have the option to dine in the outdoor hidden paradise under the majestic citrus trees for a truly unforgettable culinary adventure.
Feast in Fez in 2020 with the leading cookery school and Fez’s number one independent hotel.
www.palaisamani.com 12 Derb el Miter, Oued Zhoune, Fes Medina, 30000, Morocco
B&B is priced from €190.00 per room per night
Getting there: Air Arabia Maroc (from Gatwick x2 weekly), Ryanair (from Stansted x2 weekly) and TAP Air Portugal (via Lisbon Daily) and Air Arabia Maroc (via Marrakech Daily)