When I travel i try to stay away from the overpriced and most times tasteless tourist food joints and centres. I prefer to wander the streets to find where the locals are eating and dive in and try their cuisine. Where locals eat usually means it is good fresh tasty food served up in a simple manner and very reasonably priced.
After a mornings walking up and down the streets of Chefchaouen, I was on my way back to Hotel Yasmina where i had taken a room. Right next door to the hotel i discovered a “hole in the wall” eatery that had no name or sign board outside, that i hadn’t noticed before….. maybe because it was closed…… and since it was time for a mid day snack i entered making sure i didn’t bang my head on the low door opening.
The interior was only small with 6 small tables around the room but it was full of locals and other local shopkeepers would pop in for a “takeaway” and return to their shop to eat and bring the dishes back afterwards. This is a true sign of good local food. The food was simple and home made in the tiny kitchen manned by one elderly owner. On a double gas burner he had a very large pan of soup and fish being deep fried and some chips frying away on a seperate single gas burner.
There were also several pre-prepared pans of dishes like chicken soup, potatoes and carrots and mutton stew.
I opted for a plate of chips, some pea soup and a plate of olives. The meal also came with a round of Moroccan bread. The pea soup was really delicious and spiced with cumin, and the olives home made with lemon. The cost of this simple and filling meal was 9 dirhams (£0.75 p/$1)
So if you find yourself feeling peckish while in Chefchaouen head down Rue Lalla Horra which is just off of the main square of Place Outa al Hammam, walk down the narrow street to the Hotel Yasmina and it can be found right next door. There is no name for this eatery and if the dorr is open you should be able to find it easily.