Syria: Damascus – Midhat Pasha Souq (aka Spice Bazaar)
The Roman-built Straight Street (Via Recta) ends smack into the covered market that has existed here from the medieval times. You get a total sensory overload of smells, visuals, sounds, and combinations thereof. Grains, coffee with cardamom seeds, honey with nuts, dates and more dates, colorful sugary candies, halva, all imaginable nut varieties, pepper and spices of all colors – it’s just awesome! Full of people shopping, bargaining, and dealing!