Association Feminine El Khir: Essaouira Cooking Class: Bake Moroccan Desserts & Pastries

Essaouira Cooking Class: Bake Moroccan Desserts & Pastries

Essaouira, Morocco

Association Feminine El Khir

Non-profit organization

3 hours
From$18 USDper person

Association Feminine El Khir is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help women gain financial independence by teaching them how to cook and start an entrepreneurial undertaking by opening a cafe.

Tour Highlights

  • Learn how to bake traditional Moroccan desserts like baklava while supporting the economic empowerment of local Moroccan women.
  • Visit the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site the Medina of Essaouira, an extraordinary fortified fishing village that has been preserved from the 18th century.
  • Learn about traditional Moroccan desserts and cuisine while enjoying magnificent views of the ocean from a rooftop terrace.

Tour revenue will be invested in the cooperative that teaches local women tactical skills as well as in purchasing materials for cooking classes.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Any day by appointment

  • Start Time


  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Children, Families, Youth, Professionals, People with disabilities

  • Languages

    English, French, Arabic

  • Weather

    Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 30

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Comfortable clothing

  • Volunteer Opportunities


  • This org is new to the travel industry

    Your visit will make an extra impact! Expect off the beaten path conditions.

Tour Description

Immerse yourself in Moroccan cooking culture and support the local community at the same time! After an introduction to Association Feminine El Khir and its work, take a short walk through the Medina of Essaouira, a fortified 18th-century fishing village and UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the organization’s second location, where a beautiful rooftop terrace and kitchen await you. There, you’ll begin your Moroccan baking class while enjoying sweeping views of the ocean.

In this baking class, you will learn to cook some of the most famous and traditional Moroccan desserts. Discover the secret to making the perfect baklava and learn how to bake the perfect Moroccan gazelle horn, a delicious crescent-shaped pastry filled with almond paste and baked until nearly golden. The cooking class will last 3 hours and end with a tasting of your own homemade desserts!

Tour Start Address

Rue Regragua, N3, Avenue Al Massira, Essaouira, Essaouira Province, Morocco

How To Get There

Exit the Medina by the BAB Doukkala gate and take the second street on your right: Boulevard Al Massira, a commercial street. Continue straight ahead and turn right at the first street. The associatioEn is a few meters further on your right, on the first floor.

More About Association Feminine El Khir


To provide women with training in literacy and employability to develop financial autonomy that empowers them to generate sufficient income to cover their daily needs.

Main Programs

  • Cooking classes for underprivileged women

  • Job placement for women

  • Childcare for the women while they’re learning

  • Language courses in French, English, and Arabic

  • Education courses for women who never attended school

Awards & Recognition

Apprentis d’Auteuil