Spice up your life
Collected by Adriana Yampey, AFAR Local Expert
Spices look and smell beautiful. These are a few places in the world where you can find spices that make food (and life) more interesting.
Rüstem Paşa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Smaller than the Grand Bazaar but more intense, the Spice Market is equal parts tourist trap and necessary shopping stop for cooks and foodies. Meet the original spice girl at Ucuzcular (remember Area 51 to find her booth), one of the few...
Shopping in the food markets of other countries is always interesting to us. Across the street from the Mahane Yehuda Market, aka the Shuk, is a small shop called The World Spices. We found several spices that were new to us, including a Moroccan...
26 34 St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Dubai Spice Souk is a traditional market located in Deira, near the famed Gold Souk. It's easy to overlook the Spice Souk if you're not looking carefully; tucked into alleyways off of Baniyas Street, the souk is small, but manages to pack a...
Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Our neighbors Peter Bahlawanian and his wife, Bronwen Tawse, import exotic ingredients and the freshest spices I’ve ever tasted: paprika, flavored salts, and black limes. They have an amazing store, and I see top chefs shopping here. We get...
Comércio, Salvador - BA, 40015-310, Brazil
The São Joaquim market in Salvador, Brazil, offers a broad spectrum of merchandise. At the far end of the market you can even purchase live animals. While walking through this area I saw goats, chickens, ducks and doves. A baby goat costs around...
El-Gamaleya, Qism El-Gamaleya, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
This gentleman caught my eye from his stool in the back of the store as I wandered through the narrow alleys of the Khan el-Khalili souk in Cairo, and he beckoned me to come in. Thinking of my already overstuffed suitcase and still a bit skittish...
11 Rue Saint-Michel, 22200 Guingamp, France
So after seeing an absolute 4 star restaurant near St. Michele in France we decide to go. The food and location was amazing. nearby the chef owns his spice shop and when you walk in the spices are on display. This shot represents more than just a...
Shop No. 245, INA Market, Sri Aurobindo Marg, INA Market, Aviation Colony, Laxmi Bai Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023, India
Live crabs from Chennai? Fresh turmeric, bamboo shoot, bitter gourd? The Indian National Army Market, or INA, carries nearly every spice, meat, fruit, vegetable, and grain on the planet. Here are a few ingredients to stash in your suitcase....
1 Phường, Phường 1, Thành phố Đà Lạt, Phường 1 Thành phố Đà Lạt Lâm Đồng, Vietnam
Dalat in Vietnam is a food producing area for the country, with many greenhouses and small farms where vegetables are grown. A visit to the Central Market is a highlight. This two story building has everything for your home and kitchen. Here a...
75 Derb Rahba Lakdima, Marrakesh Medina 40000, Morocco
If the Djemaa el Fna is the epicenter of Marrakech, the Rahba Lakdima—otherwise known as the Place des Épices, or Spice Traders Square—is surely the epicenter of the medina itself. Bursting with rambunctious energy and...
Himalaya Mall-gurukool Near, Indraprasth Tower, Drive In Rd, Nilmani Society, Memnagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380052, India
You will find everything here in much lesser price than the big brands though quality maybe compromised. But this is a fun place to visit if you want to see the old structures, small shops, hawkers and street vendors selling myriad things.
Nehru Rd, Mombasa, Kenya
I am drawn to spice markets for the colors and the smells. Because of it's location on the Kenyan coast and once an important trade route, Mombasa has some culinary influences from India starting with the spices. You'll find that clearly at the...
Souk Laksour, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Like multi-colored crayons ready to create art, the spice bins in the Souk of Marrakesh offer the promise of of exotic taste. The collected spices, should they be able to talk, would tell thousands of stories of cultivation, growth and creation.
Clock Tower, Girdi Kot Front Gate, Rawaton Ka Bass, Rawaton Ka Bass, Jodhpur, Rajasthan 342001, India
The lively local Sardar Market near the clock tower in Jodhpur's city center was a great place for aimless wandering. I passed up the spices (although the friendly spice dealers did their best to entice me), tea, and rolls of glossy sari fabric...
Trains don't seem to be the number one choice in transportation, at least not for passengers, in Georgia. From what I was told, there is not a very extensive rail system in the country. In this particular train yard, where there were maybe 15-20...
This was a great little market in Antibes with lots of fresh produce. Antibes is a great spot to go and look at the superyachts down at the dock. Huge boats. Close to the market as well is the "Absinthes Bar," which is a must-visit for an amazing...
HaCarmel St 11, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
If you are on the hunt for a great local market, definitely head to Carmel's open-air market. Sample some of Israel's local delicacies and splurge on candies and other desserts. From my experience the vendors are friendly and don't pressure you to...
La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
As you enter Barcelona's famous Mercat de Sant Josep de La Boqueria from La Rambla, one of the first stalls you encounter is Tocineria Marcos, purveyors of Iberico ham and a stunning array of other cured, cooked, and fresh meats. It's just one of...
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