San Francisco‘s ethnic markets are a delicious way to enjoy the city’s diversity. Whether you want to recreate the flavors of your homeland or introduce your palate to international cuisine, here are 11 of the best places to get your global foodie fix:
Worth it for the European candy and pickle selection alone, Lehr’s is the spot to find wursts, deli meats, sauerkraut and German breads. But it’s not just about food here. Lovers of all things German can also buy beer steins and cuckoo clocks.
One bite of Lucca’s fresh ravioli, and you’ll know just how this Italian grocery has stayed in business on the same corner since 1925. Stock up on fresh pastas, sausages, deli meats, sauces and foccacia made on site, and discover an array of authentic Italian pantry items.
Casa Lucas | Mission
If you’re on the hunt for a particular chili pepper, make your way to this large Latin grocery. In addition to a heavily-stocked produce section teeming with every chili imaginable, there’s also Mexican, South American and Central American ingredients and frozen foods to satisfy every member of your family. Need a piñata for a party? Casa Lucas has got that covered, too.
Mercado Brasil | Mission
This fabulous market is a one-stop shop for those hungry for everything Brazilian — except waxing. Pão de queijo (take-home mix or fresh made), tropical fruits, mate tea and guarana soda share store space with clothes and CDs. Mercado Brasil even offers services for transferring money or sending packages to Brazil.
Samiramis Imports | Mission
Specialties like lavash, Turkish coffee, falafel, olives and zaatar complement a selection of goodies and produce to make this a go-to shop for anyone craving the flavors of the Middle East. For those looking for non-edibles, Samiramis also offers hookahs, Middle Eastern DVDs and hair products.
You’ll feel like you’ve hit the jackpot when you see the low prices on Indian spices and tea at this market. Plus, the freezer section is well-stocked with everything from naan to delightful Indian ice creams.
Nosa Ria | Hayes Valley
Although a little on the pricey side, you won’t be sorry when you get home from Nosa Ria and unwrap Spanish delights such as Jamon Iberica and Capricho de Cabra. Absolutely no paella is complete without this market’s fresh mussels and razor clams.
Nijiya Market | Japantown
This place is huge! From sushi-grade fish to bento accessories, you’ll find everything you could possibly need here to make many delicious Japanese meals. For those uncertain of their chef skills, there’s a mean selection of prepared foods and packaged snacks.
As the name implies, Seakor is the place to go to satisfy your need for Polish sausage and sandwiches. Here, you’ll also find pickled beets, blood pudding and Polish grocery items you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
Richmond New May Wah Supermarket | Outer Richmond
At New May Wah, you’ll not only discover a meat and fish counter complete with live frogs and crawfish, you’ll also find your affordable spot for everything from fresh quail eggs to frozen shumai. Though the supermarket primarily carries Chinese food items, it also maintains aisles dedicated to other cuisines, including Japanese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese and Indonesian.
Smoked dried fish, dark rye bread and caviar are just a few of the Russian foods you’ll find here. The selection of Russian magazines, movies and music will make you feel like you’ve stepped out of San Francisco and into a shop in Moscow.