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World's Best Spice Shops

Here, the best shops and markets for spices in the world. —Erin Mosbaugh
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Mellah Spice Souk; Marrakech, Morocco

The spice merchants at this covered souk are charming and less aggressive than the peddlers surrounding the touristy Place Rahba Kdima (also known as Place des Epices). Located at the edge of the Mellah (the old Jewish quarter), this spice souk is where locals come to buy exceptional Moroccan saffron and ras el hanout, an exotic spice blend comprised of more than 30 ingredients. The restaurant at the boutique Marrakech hotel La Maison Arabe uses ginger, cinnamon and saffron sourced from the Mellah to make its famous lamb tagine with preserved tangerines and baby eggplants. In the area of Rue Bahia Bab Mellah, Marrakech.

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