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World Spice Merchants

1509 Western Ave., Seattle, WA (Downtown)
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Ranked #21 of 111 Shopping in Seattle
Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
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Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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English first
Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

If you are someone who enjoys cooking and experimenting with new recipes and spices or are new to the world of cooking and just beginning to "find your way" in the kitchen, World Spice Merchants, just below the Pike Street Market, is a fun place to explore and shop. Anyone serious about cooking will tell you, rightly so, that having... More 

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Shelby Township, Michigan
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93 reviews 93 reviews
34 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

My husband did have to stand outside because the smell of the store was a little more than he could handle, but I loved walking up and down the aisles of this spice shop. I purchased some curry powder and also wine mulling spices -- not something I thought I'd find here but glad that I did.

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43 reviews 43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I was overwhelmed when I first entered, but a helpful employee made me feel right at home. When she realized that we were tourists and correctly surmised that we couldn't carry much home with us, she handed me a little clipboard so I could take notes. Then she took us on a tour of the shop, inviting us to open... More 

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

This was my first visit to World Spice Merchants and I was delighted!! I went, list in hand, and bought 8 hard to find spices for Indian and African cooking. They have single spices (teas also) or mixed blends from all over the world, and I am particularly excited to try a blend of Arabic Baheret that would have taken... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Truly amazing spice shop.... nothing is too much trouble from the amazing staff. I went looking for a mole mix for mexican chicken and was overwhelmed with choice.. lots of ideas from allover the world... the staff quite rightly also push there wonderful website ..

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Seattle, Washington
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90 reviews 90 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

I am a nut for spices and food items from the international market and you will find them all here. Spices, Wine, Snacks, Meats, Dishes, and other sundry items line the shelves for your perusing. Enjoy!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Wonderful place if you are into spices and cooking. Their Thai tea was great. Take one whiff and you'll buy some to fix at home. Loads of different curries. Spent a lot of money there. A definite "visit again" next time I am in Seattle.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

I went here on our trip to Seattle it was impressive. They grind the spices right there and you can tell they are very fresh. I will be ordering online they have some really good spices and herbs. I am excited I found this gem.

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Seattle, Washington
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

Walking down Western Ave, long before I saw the sign I smelled exotic spices. Following my noise I found World Spice. What an exoerience, what choices...very helpful and friendly staff. If you're looking for a spice you can't get in the usual stores, this is where to go. Thier tea selection is impressive too.

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78 reviews 78 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

I go here every time I am in Seattle. They have spices that I can not find in other stores. Their mild chili powder and fenegreek spice and the ir great teas are my best buys! I can purchase as much or as little as I need. It is great to get small bags of spices one needs to take... More 

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