World Spice Merchants

★★★★★
  • 1509 Western Ave

    Seattle, WA 98101

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  • 206-682-7274

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Sun 12pm-5pm, Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

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Tucked into a charming brick building downhill from Pike Place Market is a superb collection of spices from around the globe. Your nose is tantalized with elusive scents like cardamom, juniper berry, allspice, and so much more. Browse the extensive collection of spices, samples of which are presented in glass jars on rows of shelves. World Spices offers scores of different herbs and spices, plus many delectable blends just right for barbecue, stir-fries or curries, or turning a slab of tofu into a crispy piece of heaven.

As you go, jot down how much you want of each thing on a handy little card. Then take your card up to the front counter to have your order filled, including grinding your spices fresh for you if you want them ground. If you have a larger order, they will write down your cell phone number and give you a call when your order is close to ready, if you want to walk around for a bit while they're grinding.

A great experience for anyone who loves to cook, eat, or just smell exotic scents from around the world.

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★★★★★

Tucked into a charming brick building downhill from Pike Place Market is a superb collection of spices from around the globe. Your nose is tantalized with elusive scents like cardamom, juniper berry, allspice, and so much more. Browse the extensive collection of spices, samples of which are presented in glass jars on rows of shelves. World Spices offers scores of different herbs and spices, plus many delectable blends just right for barbecue, stir-fries or curries, or turning a slab of tofu into a crispy piece of heaven.

As you go, jot down how much you want of each thing on a handy little card. Then take your card up to the front counter to have your order filled, including grinding your spices fresh for you if you want them ground. If you have a larger order, they will write down your cell phone number and give you a call when your order is close to ready, if you want to walk around for a bit while they're grinding.

A great experience for anyone who loves to cook, eat, or just smell exotic scents from around the world.

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If you can get past the absolute rude arrogance and snotty attitude of the owner, Tony Hill, then you are in for a wonderful experience and variety of herbs and spices. Since Mr. Hill was raised in Arkansas, you would think he would have genteel Southern manners, but unfortunately that is not the case. If however, you can go on a day the owner is not there, you will have a wonderful experience for the senses of sight and smell. Once you try the spices from World Spice Merchants, you will have a very hard time going back to the grocery store spices.

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★★★★☆

If you can get past the absolute rude arrogance and snotty attitude of the owner, Tony Hill, then you are in for a wonderful experience and variety of herbs and spices. Since Mr. Hill was raised in Arkansas, you would think he would have genteel Southern manners, but unfortunately that is not the case. If however, you can go on a day the owner is not there, you will have a wonderful experience for the senses of sight and smell. Once you try the spices from World Spice Merchants, you will have a very hard time going back to the grocery store spices.

Pros: Great variety of spices that excite and please the senses

Cons: Most arrogant and rude owner on the planet

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I love this place! The fact that they will grind fresh spice blends on the spot tells you they aren't afraid to show you what's going into what they sell. Sure the stuff they sell is more expensive than your run of the mill supermarket spice jar, but you get what you pay for. I especially recommend their Mayan drinking chocolate, pearl jasmine tea, 'zahtar', and kashmiri garam masala.

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★★★★★

I love this place! The fact that they will grind fresh spice blends on the spot tells you they aren't afraid to show you what's going into what they sell. Sure the stuff they sell is more expensive than your run of the mill supermarket spice jar, but you get what you pay for. I especially recommend their Mayan drinking chocolate, pearl jasmine tea, 'zahtar', and kashmiri garam masala.

Pros: Fresh, fresh, fresh, Knowledgeable staff, not rushed

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World Merchants carries a wide selection of spices, herbs and teas that I have ever seen. Their herbs are freshly harvested and they offer so many varieties to choose from. Their spices and teas are no different. They can even mix special blends for you according to your tastes. The staff is very knowledgeable too. They can help you make a selection and tell you the differences between the different flavors and smells.

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★★★★☆

World Merchants carries a wide selection of spices, herbs and teas that I have ever seen. Their herbs are freshly harvested and they offer so many varieties to choose from. Their spices and teas are no different. They can even mix special blends for you according to your tastes. The staff is very knowledgeable too. They can help you make a selection and tell you the differences between the different flavors and smells.

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If you are a professional chef or just appreciate good cooking this store is a MUST. The staff is informative and helpfull. The selection of teas and spices is wonderful AND the prices are great. If you are ever tempted to buy your spices at the supermarket, stop yourself now and go to World Merchants!!!!

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★★★★★

If you are a professional chef or just appreciate good cooking this store is a MUST. The staff is informative and helpfull. The selection of teas and spices is wonderful AND the prices are great. If you are ever tempted to buy your spices at the supermarket, stop yourself now and go to World Merchants!!!!

Pros: great selection, friendly staff, great prices

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Across the street from Pike Place, World Spice is a cooks dream, but kids will love it too. Its endlessly fascinating, and while there are no bathro...

 

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