Whether celebrating Lunar New Year, honoring Black History Month or simply cooking for family and friends, you may be seeking special ingredients to make culturally relevant and traditional foods. But where can you find these items to celebrate your heritage?
We curated a list of specialty markets for your international grocery needs. Missing that one ingredient for your Ethiopian injera, where's the best place to get kafir lime leaves, who sells authentic Honduran pastries? We have your back, arranged by continent.
Africa and the Middle East
Amy’s Merkato — Amy makes injera for many of the Ethiopian restaurants in Seattle. She also runs a deli and restaurant on Rainier Ave. S. in Hillman City. It includes a small market of Ethiopian goods, and she roasts her own coffee beans for sale.
Goodies Market — This North Seattle market features Halal meats and Middle Eastern and Mediterranean specialties, including some really fine pita bread.
Bah African Store — Located in Kent, this shop sells goods from Africa -- both edible and non, including clothing and wigs.
Simba Safari Marketplace — Located on International Blvd. in SeaTac, this shop is a go-to for African staples like fufu mix, but also has African art, cosmetics, and toiletries.
NW Halal Mediterranean Grocery — If you’re interested in trying out some camel meat, this is the place for you, located on Military Road in SeaTac. If camel is a mammal too far for you, they also have Halal beef and chicken.
Tana Market — Located on E. Cherry Street, this is a great spot to eat in, but also get injera to take home, or spices for your Ethiopian cuisine.
Vegetable Bin — Located at S. Henderson and MLK Way S., this is a go-to shop for Polynesian specialty groceries. The ready-to-eat selections include highly-rated Spam musubi.
Mekong Rainier Supermarket — Located on Rainier Ave. S near Walden, this store specializes in products from Southeast Asia.
Seattle Super — Located at Columbian and Beacon Ave. S, this is a great spot for Asian staples and a great fresh seafood section.
Fou Lee — Located on Columbian very close to Seattle Super, Fou Lee is known as a hot spot for Filipino products, as well as other Asian goods.
Murata — Specializing in Japanese products, both edible and not, this Georgetown shop is a great go-to for your sushi to-go needs.
Ba Mien Seafood Market — In a strip mall near Myrtle on MLK, it sells more than seafood. Fresh meat and produce are available, too, and customers rave about the helpful and kind staff.
Ravi Video — Sure you can get videos from this Kent shop, located on 104th Ave. SE. But you can also find Fijian and Indian groceries here, including homemade Indian sweets and Fijian and Samoan hair care products and cosmetics.
Bombay-Fiji Bazaar — Located in Kent on 36th Ave S., you can get Indian, Fijian, Polynesian & Micronesian groceries. Customers rave about the spice selection in particular.
Phnom Penn Market — This store is on MLK near Myrtle and features a wide array of fruits, vegetables and spices used in Asian cooking, especially Lao and Cambodian ingredients.
Spice SPC — If you like to cook Indian cuisine, stop in to this Central District location for spices and other ingredients. You can also order online.
Shimohns — A Renton location for all your Fijian or other Polynesian grocery needs, whether its fish, or a particular sweet you thought you couldn’t get here. Located on SW 43rd St.
Central and South America
Mi Ranchito — This store specializes in Mexican and Central American store on Rainier Ave. South and S. Kenyon. People rave about the tamales and panaderia.
La Heurta — With locations in both Kent and Tacoma, La Huerta features Hispanic goods from throughout Central and South America.
Big John’s Pacific Food Imports — European specialty foods, especially meats and cheeses, are a feature at this S. Dearborn St. shop.
Shop Agora — Mediterranean specialty foods and wines, especially ports and sherries, located in Madison Valley. Look for their chorizo and Iberian ham, too.
Mendoza’s Mexican Mercado — This North Seattle store has both prepared food and ingredients.
Paris Madrid Grocery — Located downtown on Western, this shop carries edible and cookware and gift products primarily from France and Spain. Check out their deli.
British Pantry — Located in Redmond and long a staple for important goods to British and Irish expats in need of good tea, the shop features food, gift items, sweets, and a deli case. A sit down restaurant is attached, and a British pub is next door.
Marvel Food and Deli — A variety of Eastern and Western European goods are available at the Auburn and Tacoma stores, but people often refer to this as a Russian specialty store because of its emphasis on that nation’s food products.
George’s Deli — located downtown on Madison and 9th, George’s specializes in Eastern European food. Check out their deli sandwiches, too.
Han’s Deli — Featuring sausages, groceries and baked goods from Germany, this Burien shop is located on 148th Ave. S. In addition to ingredients, the deli offers sandwiches and other ready to eat goods.
Balkan Market — This is the spot for your southeastern European needs, whether Albanian, Bulgarian, or Slovakian. It’s located in Burien on SW 153rd St. and has a deli as well as shelf-stable items.
Eurasia Deli House — This Kent store on 102nd Pl. SE sells Eastern European and Central European specialties, with an emphasis on Russian and Ukrainian goods.
All of the Above
DK Market — If you can’t decide which nation’s food you want to eat, this is a great place to go. Russian deli, Mexican staples, Persian goodies, Chinese herbs – it’s all there. Located on Lind Ave. SW in Renton.
The Souk — Located in Pike Place Market, the Souk includes goods from the Middle East, Turkey, India, and other parts of Asia. There are fresh goods, as well as canned, and gifts from places far and wide.
Saagar International Groceries — Located in Kirkland’s Totem Lake area, you can also order online from hundreds of products from around the world.