Our trip to Mellah came to be when we asked the general manager of the Riad Noir d'Ivoire, the wonderful Rebecca, where we could buy some good authentic saffron and other spices. Knowing that we like a little adventure and dont mind getting a little lost (isn't that half the fun?), she sent us to Mellah, which we reached by walking through the Souks and then all the way down Riad Zitoun. After a few minutes, it feels like you are in another world...there are apparently 40 Jewish families living in this region of the city, amidst many other locals and vendors that cater to locals, not tourists. Tucked away on the left, near a hip looking restaurant, is a covered market where the spice vendor we were seeking had his shop. Several other spice merchants tried to steer us to theirs, but we held onto our little piece of paper which had his name (Khalid) on it, and finally we were presented to him. We took a few photos of his shop to help others, since his family business has been there for years and he was clearly an honest man with authentic prices and very high quality spices. We stocked up on saffron, eucalyptus crystals, and Ras el Hanout, along with a lot of other rubs he invented himself. What a find!
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