Food lovers and travelers alike should not pass up the opportunity to visit the Spice Souk. Upon entering you will be overcome with the fresh aroma of traditional Arabic spices. It’s a sensory overload, the colors and smells of the Spice Souk are amazing. You can shop here for seasonings and spices such as cinnamon, cloves and cardamom, pick up some handmade incense or some delicious dried fruits and buts to give you some energy for your travels. The spices are brought to Dubai from all over the Middle East and in fact the world. Straight from the wholesaler, choose your spices and watch the stallholder package them for you straight out of the Hessian sack they were packed and shipped in. You can’t really top that for freshness. Not only are the spices and seasoning on sale of the highest quality, but they incredibly well priced as well.
The Spice Souk is also a great place to shop for fragrances. There are some stalls which specialize in tobacco and shisha. If you have never tried smoking a shisha before, you should certainly give it a go while staying in Dubai. There are a wide variety of styles and flavors available from the Spice Souk.
The Spice Souk is conveniently located opposite the gold Souk in Deira, you may like to visit both on the same day. The Spice Souk is an open aired market. Stallholders are very friendly, and are happy to pack your spices in a secure way; this way you can take your spices home to give as gifts to friends or just to add to your own cooking. The Spice Souk is open from 10am to 10pm daily, extending to midnight on Thurdays and Fridays. The crowds are at their smallest during the early afternoon.