World's Best Spice Shops

Here, the best shops and markets for spices in the world. —Erin Mosbaugh
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S.O.S. Chefs 2020; New York City

Squeezed between two apartment buildings in Manhattan’s East Village, this unassuming shop has been supplying the city’s top chefs, including David Chang and Gabrielle Hamilton, with imported spices and rare products for 18 years. Owners Atef Boulaabi and Adam Berkowitz have stocked the pristine shelves with rarities like Liberian bush pepper and white cardamom pods, as well as blends ranging from Ethiopian Berber spice to vadouvan curry. The shop also offers dried mushrooms and truffles, more than 100 varieties of heirloom beans and grains, honey from around the world and distillations of 50 flowers and spices. The shop’s mascot is a cat named Myrrh, after the fragrant resin common in incense.

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