10 Best Ethnic Markets in Metro Phoenix

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Natalie Miranda
Get some new flavor in your cooking at Lam's.
The best part of traveling is indulging in food we've tried to imiitate at home. But let's face it: How many of us really have the time or funds to get to our dream locations? Luckily, we don't have to pull out those dusty passports to get a taste of India or Japan. Phoenix is full of convenient ethnic markets with their shelves full of foods from its native countries.

We sought out 10 markets to give you the most ethnic experience without having to leave the Valley.

See also: Ten Favorite Metro Phoenix Farmers' Markets

Lam's Seafood Market
Fresh seafood can be kind of hard -- and let's be real, a little scary -- to find in the middle of the desert. Enter Lam's Seafood Market. They have a vast selection of fresh and frozen seafood. Pick up squid, octopus, shrimp (peeled or not), live tilapia or fresh catfish or lobster. The prices are reasonable as well, and they have two entire aisles full of thick or think noodles to pair with your fresh seafood. So the next time you're planning fresh seafood, stop by Lam's.

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Natalie Miranda
Yasha From Russia
A deli case with more than 20 types of sausages and cheese sits in the center of the little market. Pastries fill one section of the case, with sweet breads filled with cream and nuts. For $9.99 a pound, the Russian servelat sausage is a softer sausage with a smokey flavor. Of course Yashas has an extensive supply of Russian beer, one in a mini keg. They also carry products from other European countries such as Germany and Ukraine. One wall is full of jams and jellies from Europe, as well as an assortment of teas and herbal drinks. Looking for Russian entertainment? Yasha has you covered with a collection of Russian music.

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Natalie Miranda
Tienda Centroamericana
Right off the freeway is this little shop with small shelves full of supplies to make Central and South American favorites, such as Donarepa for arepas, and frozen pupusas. Of course they sell the inexpensive packets of seasonings we love. In the back where the refrigerated section is they have Inca Cola, the quintessential Peruvian drink that tastes like banana bubble gum. Get a taste of Colombia with Pony Malt, a non-alcoholic wheat drink made to mimick beer.


Location Info

Yasha From Russia

10240 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Tienda Centroamericana

2439 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Zam Zam World Food

1638 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

The House of Rice Store

3221 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Little India

1813 E. Baseline Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket

2025 N. Dobson Road, Chandler, AZ

Category: General

Los Altos Ranch Market

1602 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Fujiya Market

1335 W. University , Tempe, Tempe, AZ

Category: General

French Grocery

5345 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Lam's Seafood Market

6740 W. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General


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ExpertShot
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Caribbean Marketplace - Guyanese, Jamaican, Trinidadian, Haitian, African, Caribbean goods and products.  Just East of 43rd Ave. on Northern.  This place is AWESOME!!!!  Always grilling going outside.  Had the ox tail lunch - friggin unbelieveable!


Jeff Butler
Jeff Butler

The grochery store in china town plaza is good

Jeanne Mahaffey
Jeanne Mahaffey

Middle Eastern Baking Co. Has a neat little market attached.

Jenny Francine
Jenny Francine

I was hoping to see Romanelli's too! A lot of Asian markets.. I get the point lol

Stephanie Rodriguez
Stephanie Rodriguez

No mention of Romanelli's on Dunlap? Great for Italian cooking needs and I feel like I'm in a deli/store in NYC or Philly.

Jared Slaff
Jared Slaff

A few I've been to or are on my list, but surprised no mention of Asiana Market on 43rd Ave & Union Hills..??

artelphx
artelphx

Thanks for the list (didn't know about the Russian market). BAIZ was left out, it's one of the best in the valley for Middle Eastern and has a butcher...

Katie Roe
Katie Roe

Anna Shuvalova-Lewis have you been to the Russian Market? I think we should take a field trip!

Tim Ness
Tim Ness

Agree that Asiana may as well have been picked up out of Korea and dropped in Mesa.

Pete Koblinski
Pete Koblinski

Asiana Market has both Lee Lee's and Mekong beat for Korean. It's no Paldo Market (sniff) but it's THE Korean market.

Tommy Schaeffer
Tommy Schaeffer

Love this! and seriously, proofread your articles :) "...two aisles of thick or think noodles to pair..." uhm....I'll take the pensive noodles please? :)

C.k. Liu
C.k. Liu

You forgot to mention Super L Ranch Market - Phoenix, AZ.

Sarah J. Hough
Sarah J. Hough

Love Haji Baba, Ranch 99, Defalco's and Cafe Phoenicia too!

Barb Walters Harris
Barb Walters Harris

we found, that at least for Filipino food and Asian produce Mekong Market on Dobson is superior to Lee Lees.

Sarah J. Hough
Sarah J. Hough

I've only been to two of these. Need to remedy that....

Marilyn Ostrow
Marilyn Ostrow

I've been to most of these, but believe it or not, I've never been inside Ranch Market - I eat mostly Asian food.

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