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Dubai Spice Souk, Dubai

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Explore the scents, flavors, and colors of Emirati cuisine at Dubai Spice Souk, a traditional market. Wander the multitude of covered streets, taking in sights of sacks overflowing with spices, herbs, and fruits. Independent vendors will offer you a glass of tea and tell you all about their proudly displayed stock. If something strikes your fancy, remember that haggling is the norm here, so try your best to get a fair price. Take your camera with you to snap shots of the artfully arranged stalls and the traditional local produce. Dubai Spice Souk is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , online itinerary creator Edition.
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  • Visited Spice Souk, interesting experience with many kinds - unimaginable - of spices on display and for sale. Got to go around and compare - make sure you know what you are buying before conmiting... 
    Visited Spice Souk, interesting experience with many kinds - unimaginable - of spices on display and for sale. Got to go around and compare - make sure you know what you are buying before conmiting...  more »
  • We had a fantastic time in the spice market. We came to experience the scents and not to buy anything. Make sure you know your spices (especially the saffron) before you buy them. 
    We had a fantastic time in the spice market. We came to experience the scents and not to buy anything. Make sure you know your spices (especially the saffron) before you buy them.  more »
  • Very good. We caught a taxi to the old district where we spent some hours getting lost in the alley ways of the Spice and other Souks (markets). We did well to fend off the stall owners, who are... 
    Very good. We caught a taxi to the old district where we spent some hours getting lost in the alley ways of the Spice and other Souks (markets). We did well to fend off the stall owners, who are...  more »
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  • Old Dubai is just wonderful its has so much character and wonderful hidden gems around ever corner. Great people with great shopping with a lot of authentic products like spices and more that fill the market with such great aromas. I will say don’t buy at first sites best to shop around until you get the best bargain. Which there is so many bargains to find. So much history and great food.
  • Dubai’s Spice Souk is a colourful, aromatic and sensory experience. Discover new flavours and recipes as you explore the traditional spice market in Dubai's heritage area. Savour the atmosphere of the past as you are introduced to the mounds of aromatic herbs and spices, all spilling from large baskets at every turn. Spices are sold both by weight and in packets. Like other souks, you can save money when you buy in bulk quantities – and vendors expect you to haggle. Find flavourful additives at the Spice Souk Wander among many different stalls and chat to the vendors who will give you plenty of ideas on how you can use the exotic spices on offer. Some may be rich and powerful, whereas others light, airy and sweet. A wide variety of fragrant teas from all over the world are on offer and you are sure to learn all of this as you go. Lots of Arabic spices are on offer, as well as those from the subcontinent. Whether you’re a cooking expert or looking to experiment a bit with your favourite recipes, you’ll discover many new tastes at the Spice Souk – with a great selection of nuts, oils and saffron also available.
  • Visiting this old dubai market was a wonderful thing for me. The stacked spices and the aroma that filled the market is so appealing. One cannot refrain oneself from tasting all of them. They seem amazing and also, taste amazing.
  • Must see when visiting Dubai. Parking is a nightmare so I strongly suggest parking elsewhere and catching a taxi. Also, be prepared to be harassed by nearly every vendor you pass. That said, still absolutely worth the visit. Get everything from textiles, souvenirs, makeup, perfumes, handbags, spices, teas, gold, silver, diamonds and more. Don't be afraid to haggle prices, as most vendors will start high on the prices. Also, don't be afraid to flat out say no when vendors try to stop you, otherwise, you'll end up in every shop you pass. If you're going for gold, be sure to check international gold prices and research VAT.
  • I guess I expected more. I thought the place would be teeming with people and stalls, with much more produce, instead of trinkets. On the other hand, we're still in the pandemic and it was January, so maybe that's why. Our tour guide gave us pointers on how to haggle with sellers, and what prices are appropriate for different kinds of things, so we wouldn't overpay. I got a variety of chocolate covered dates with almonds (the ones in white chocolate are the best!), spices and camel milk lip balm in mango lassi flavor. It's an official product of Expo 2020 Dubai (which, funnily enough, was happening at the time of my visit), so it was a bit pricy, even with a discount, but it's so wonderfully nourishing. I'm very particular about my lip balms, cos my lips are prone to drying out and having allergic reactions, but this one works for me so well. I already used more than half of it, so I regret I only bought one.

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