After leaving the first cafe we meandered through the souk and stopped to look at the array of mint, specifically sold for mint tea. It is sold in great quantities and a mint stall is found every few meters. It is sold in quite big bunches. Mixed bunches of mint with either/or thyme, verbena, sage can be purchased, also for making tea. Very sweet mint tea [called Maghrebi] is an essential part of the traditional Moroccan culture, virtually a national symbol and always offered to visitors.
Recipe for mint tea - I prefer no sugar !
Next we moved on and found a very tucked away tiny cafe serving their speciality - sardines. Local workers were sitting down eating plates of biggish grilled or fried sardines. A very popular Moroccan dish served also is Sardine Meatballs in Tomato Sauce or Boulettes aux Sardines. Sardine fillets are processed with onion, cumin and garlic and other herbs and the balls are baked in a home made tomato sauce. We tried their meatball sandwich. Alas, alack I am not a sardine person but I had a mouthful ! When in Rome........ It tasted very, very sardine-y and if you are a lover of fishy fish then this cafe would be paradise for you. What I discovered is that Morocco is the worlds largest exporter of sardines.