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I'm traveling to Marrakesh for a week starting the 8th. Right now, I'm trying to research hostels and what to do. Any advice or recommendations from fellow travelers.<br><br><br><br>
Also, any food advice for a vegan traveling with an omni.<br><br><br><br>
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I wasn't able to find much as far as restaurants go. My understand from eating Moroccan food though, is that there are vegetarian options available. You should be able to eat the salads, breads, and many of the couscous dishes. Sometimes the couscous will be topped with a stew that has meat in it--chicken and lamb will be in many of the stews and main dishes. Desserts may often be pastries with honey-based fillings. There may be meatless lentil and chickpea soups available called <i>harira</i><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.africa-ata.org/moroccan_cooking.htm" target="_blank">http://www.africa-ata.org/moroccan_cooking.htm</a> (this is a site with a cook book and some recipes, but it does give some ideas on what to expect of Moroccan food.)<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.concierge.com/destination/marrakesh?mbid=google" target="_blank">http://www.concierge.com/destination...sh?mbid=google</a><br><br><br><br>
As far as hostels, go I can't find anything.<br><br><br><br>
Enjoy your trip.
 

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thanks for the assistance, I'll check out the cooking. Never thought that would be the way to get information for traveling, but it makes perfect sense.
 

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I didn't make it as far south as Marrakech though unless you want 30 dirham (under 3 euro) a night bug infested dives I wouldn't be able to make any recommendations in terms of accommodation anyway! I did find it quite easy to be a vegetarian in Morocco and I think being vegan should be ok too. It gets repetitive eating out though the same went for my meat-eating friends (tagine, couscous, tagine, salad, tagine, you get my drift), but it was defiitely tasty and incredibly cheap.<br><br><br><br>
Walking through the meat markets is an... experience. You will love it though.
 

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I'm off to Marrakesh next month and have been doing lots of research. I'm staying in a riad in the medina that actually has a seperate vegetarian menu. <a href="http://www.darhani.com/" target="_blank">http://www.darhani.com/</a><br><br><br><br>
The easist thing for vegans eating out is to go to the tourist area outside of the medina and to eat a Italian and Indian restaurants. Traditional Morrocon cuisine almost always uses meat, even vegetable tagines will almost always be made with meat stock. A notable exception is Chez Chegrouni in the Jemaa El Fina.<br><br><br><br>
The Jemaa El Fina at night turns into a huge open air food market with a hundred stands cooking and selling food on the spot. You walk around and buy what looks good. It's mostly meat but their is some veggie food if you look carefully.
 

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I thought I would do a final post, so if anyone else is planning on travel they can get some advice.<br><br><br><br>
I've just returned from Morocco, and what a great time, the people are very nice and didn't experience all the scary things one hears about women traveling in Morocco, I dressed conservatively (sp?) and everything was fine.<br><br><br><br>
As far as food goes, I saw a lot of variety of vegetables and fruits for cooking, but didn't necessarily see those items on the menus. I pretty much ate at the Jemaa El Fina every dinner and either had the tagine or couscous with vegetables. Most places serves sides such as tomato-mixed salads, fried eggplant, spinach, french fries, lentils, and other beans mixtures. Though the tagine, couscous, and bean dishes were cooked in broth I ate them (I'm more into experiencing culture than suffering through another protein bar to keep my diet). As far as I could tell, the sides were vegan and one could do very well just eating those.<br><br><br><br>
Hope that helps others.<br><br><br><br>
Darcie
 
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