Fodor's Expert Review Pepper Exchange

Kochi Market/Bazaar

Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.

The New York Stock Exchange it's not, but the Pepper Exchange does allow a glimpse into the world of spice trading. Its the world's only existing pepper exchange and most of the trading is now done through the Indian Commodities Exchange. Monitors in a small room display the going rate of pepper, and men sit by phones in cubicles that line the walls. When a bid comes in, the yelling and finger pointing starts. Then, just as suddenly, everyone goes back to reading the newspaper. You must obtain a visitor's pass from the secretary and remove your shoes before entering. The Pepper Exchange is between the Dutch Palace and the Synagogue.


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Jew Town Rd.
Kochi, Kerala  India