Petit Socco, Tangier
Located in the heart of the Medina, this little square is one of the most picturesque sites in Tangier. The noisy bustling crowd in multi-colored clothing really contrasts with those who have time to idle away over a cup of mint tea at the terraces of the cafes. This is an interesting place to have a cup of mint tea and ponder on this busy little squares colorful but sleazy atmosphere.
It’s not hard to imagine artists such as William Burroughs, Jean Genet and Jack Kerouac sipping their tea and dreaming up their fictional worlds.
Also, the Petit Socco - where cafes and hotels crowd around – is as good a spot as any to have a meal. Although it's a Muslim country, alcohol is served in quite a few places in Tangier. Actually the manufacture of beer and spirits was one of its industries so it shouldn't be hard to have a beer with your lunch.
For your meal, try the Moroccan national dish, tagine (pronounced ‘tah-JEEN’), a kind of stew named for the pot in which it's cooked, and whose ingredients vary greatly from place to place. With couscous, a grain-like pasta, and mint tea - the other Moroccan staple - it hits the spot. If you want a bit more refined repast, order up the pastilla, flaky pastry stuffed with pigeon and almonds. Moroccan food is unique and flavorful, and worth investigatin
Rue Siaghine meanders downhill to the Petit Socco (Little Square). In the heart of the medina, this was the meeting place of choice for many of the writers, painters, and other creative types who breezed through the city from the 1930s to 1950s. The coffee houses surrounding the square once served up much sleazier offerings but are today pleasant places to while away an hour and let your mind wander back to how it must have been. Thanks to the many touts and hawkers hanging around, you can even do some souvenir shopping from your seat.