Today I made my first trip to the market inside the Medina. There is a large covered area with small booths and tables for the variety of goods. The walkways between vendors are very narrow and it gets crowded. Cats roam freely.
There are supermarkets in Tangier, but the ones that I visited have terrible produce. It’s much better to buy it in the medina where it is fresh and turns over quickly.
Butcher shops sell beef, lamb, and poultry. Fragrant spice shops with barrels of colorful spices piled high where you buy by the gram are scattered throughout. There are vendors for olives and there are dozens of varieties with different types of marinades and spices.
I walked down to the Grand Socco this morning and had a coffee before starting my shopping.
Everyone was helpful and friendly and I spoke bits of English, Italian, French, and Darija. Somehow, it all worked out. Communicating what I want (usually just pointing), how much (a raised hand for that’s enough or fingers for how many pieces goes a long way. For the vegetables, the vendors handed me bags to fill with what I wanted and that was easy.
Since today was my first time, I didn’t get too adventurous. I bought tomatoes, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, fresh green beans already cleaned and in a bag, zucchini, garlic, some chicken legs and thighs, ground turkey, and chicken breasts. That’s enough to get us through two or three days.
The market is very large and there are housewares and packaged goods as well. I’m sure that soon I will have my favorite vendors and be comfortable shopping there. I felt a real sense of accomplishment after today’s visit!