The Spice Shop / by Brea Persing


Moroccan Spices. There isn’t much better in the spice world than Moroccan Spices. At last from what I have tasted so far. They make everything taste better. I bought some cinnamon and brought it home as gifts for some friends and they LOVED it, and then kept asking when I was going to get more. I’ve even done a comparison between regular cinnamon and Moroccan cinnamon and I could definitely taste the difference, and so could others! 

My favorite place to buy spices is in Chefchaouen, Morocco. There is a two story shop called Aladdin (on TripAdvisor it is called La Botica de la Abuela Aladdin) that has the highest quality and taste I have found yet. I discovered the store through some friends who had visited multiple times before. And I’m so glad they shared it with me! I was enamored with it. You walk in and it’s wall to wall with soaps, lotions, bath salts, oils, spices and more! It’s such a beautiful sight, though very overwhelming to the eyes and nose.

It’s where I would buy all my spices like turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, pepper, ginger, and so much more. They even had one shelf dedicated to saffron from different countries to choose from. I wouldn’t just buy spices there though, but Argan oil, soap and bath salts. Those were my favorites. They were great! A tip about their bath salts, only use a little bit, NOT a lot. They are potent.

Even better, it’s set in the beautiful “blue city”. If you’ve never been to Chefchaouen, I highly recommend it. Each time I was there for more than just a quick day trip, I stayed at Hostal Gernika. I HIGHLY recommend it. It’s clean, there are multiple rooms, and has a great view.

Chefchaouen is one of my favorite cities in Morocco. It is beautiful, there is so much to see from the old city to hiking in the mountains. There is so much to see and experience. I’ve been there with a tour, with American friends and with some Moroccans in tow. Each time was different and fun.