Collected by Andi Fisher , AFAR Local Expert
Spices make the world go round! From the early days of exploration, spices have been sought after for food preservation, medicines and color. You can take a simple piece of chicken and change it 500 ways simply by changing the spice combination!
26 34 St - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
I was lucky enough to visit the gold and spice souks in Dubai with an Arabic-speaking friend who helped me talk the shop owners down on everything from fabric and pillowcases to dried roses and cinnamon sticks. We were impressed by the...
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...
174 Rue Bernard O, Montréal, QC H2T 2K2, Canada
Spice Station smells heavenly of far away exotic places. It is a beautiful little store filled with more than 400 different spices and 100 different kinds of tea. All the spices are all-natural, irradiation and preservatives-free as well as...
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...
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...
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...
A half-day deliciously well spent...Take a food tour of the Kadikoy market on the Asian side. Foodie Banu Ozden was born in Istanbul, college and a little food industry experience in the USA, and back to Istanbul. She takes small groups on a walk...
My roommates and I got really sick of people trying to constantly trying to convince us to go on overpriced tours while living and traveling in Turkiye. At the time we were students, and like most students, we didn't have a lot of money to spend,...
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Hours outside of Saigon after Five days of driving from Hanoi to Saigon. We ended the flight in Qui Nhon leaving each other. My Brother jumped on the crippled motorbike and headed south. I stayed a few minutes as the crowd slowly dissipated after...
HaCarmel St 11, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
On every trip I love to get the freshest spices and teas to take home with me. Always busy but an absolute "must do" even if you are not a foodie. In this mostly open air market, there is an abundance of local foods, drinks and crafts for...
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...
Aswan, Aswan Governorate, Egypt
Frankinsence, indigo, vanilla beans, saffron, coriander...shopping for spices in Egypt gives insights into the food culture and they make a great souvenir. Recreate the scents and flavors when you return to share the essence of your journey with...
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...
Kaccha Bagh Area, Old Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest markets in Old Delhi. Like so many other old city bazaars, it is filled alleyways lined with hundreds of little shops that are clustered into areas according to the items they sell. There is the fabric section,...
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