(Courtesy Spice Ace)
Considered by some to be one of the best spice shops in the world, this locally owned store on Steiner Street has more than 400 of the finest spices, herbs, blends, salts, peppers, chiles and extracts from around the globe. Tasting jars offer a chance to experience every spice. Try the customer favorites: Pacific Heights spice blend, Calabrian sea salt and smoked sweet paprika from Spain.
Heralded as one of the “World's Best Spice Shops by Food & Wine Magazine” and clinching the win as “Best Spice Shop in San Francisco Magazine's Best of 2016”, this unique shop on Steiner Street has more than 400 quality spices, herbs, blends, salts, peppers, chiles and extracts from around the world. Each has a tasting jar so you can both smell and taste every ingredient in the store.
You are greeted with a delicious scent and crisp, clean, white décor with floor-to-ceiling walls, filled row by row with freshly ground Organic Cumin, Turkish Bay Leaves, Vietnamese Cinnamon and Black Peppercorns from every corner of the world.
As fellow culinary explorers, proprietors Olivia Dillan and Ben Balzer source gorgeously delicious seasonings, spices, herbs and other epicurean accoutrement from the far reaches of the world. Where a roster of Michelin starred-chefs who use this shop as a secret culinary weapon, come to find Urfa Biber Chile Flakes from Turkey, French Tarragon, Smoked Sweet Paprika from Spain. It is a very welcoming place for the everyday cook - evoking memories of times with family, friends, or past travels - explore the shop and turn simple dishes into taste bud-wonders.
Pick up one of their fantastic spice blends, like the cult favorite Pacific Height Blend - named after the neighborhood that houses this shop, or grab one of their 35 wildly popular gift sets for friends for special occasions. A favorite is “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” or you can customize your own.
With a staff of flavor curators, that provide the most careful knowledge of their offerings, stellar customer service and spot-on suggestions of how to use that fantastic spice in your hand – you will be led on a taste journey of a lifetime.
Shop online anytime & whatever fits in a box ships in a box. Visit Spice Ace in San Francisco at 1821 Steiner Street bet. Sutter & Bush Streets in Lower Pacific Heights. Store hours: Open 7 days a week. Mon.-Sat. 10:00 am-6:00 pm & Sun. 11:00 am-5:00 pm PST. Phone 415.885.3038.