Petit Socco, Tangier, Morocco
Café Central Tangier Reviews
Watching life go by from the central square Oct 22, 2013
We have been wondering through the medina for a while doing sightseeing - but now we are getting a bit hungry so we decide to go for the biggest café we can find on the Petit Socco. The name of the square might mean small - but it is still the biggest square inside the medina walls. So sitting here and have a look at what is going on in the medina with all the people walking by doing their daily business.
The café mainly caters for the locals drinking their mint tea and coffees - this is especially the case when a football match is on in which case the café fills up with local men watching the match on the television inside the café. We prefer the tables outside so we can get some entertainment in the form of the local life.
Since they mainly do tea and coffee they don’t have actual printed menus at the café - so we have to settle with the daily menu presented on a blackboard on the street. Unfortunately the menu is only put up there in French and the waiter speaks no English - but French, Spanish, Arabic and probably a Berber dialect - all to no avail. I attempt to decode the menu using my very broken French and we order something which is probably food - but you never know for certain until it arrives on the plates.
The food arrives and I get some sort of fried fish - which isn’t the best I ever tasted a bit plain tasting and over cooked. We also get some scrimps fried in olive oil and garlic with some herbs. It is tastier than the fish. Both are accompanied with some fries and salad - which seems to be the same for all the dishes on the menu.
After lunch we get a mint tea which is served Arabian style with the waiter pouring it from as high as he possibly can - quite impressive.
We come back in the evening just to look at life go by and drink mint tea and eat some of the local cakes from a pastry shop - which seems quite ok as long as you drink something at the café.
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