With Houston being the largest city in Texas, and the fourth largest city in the United States you are able to experience many different cultures here. With over 90 languages spoken in Houston we are truly a diverse melting pot. Our blend of all these cultures is one thing that makes our city wonderful and unique. We have many interesting markets and stores representing many countries from all over the world. You are able to try new things, or get a taste of your home country right here in the bayou city. Here are just a few of Houston’s most well known international markets and stores.
(Locations across Houston, see here)
With about 43% of Houston’s population being Hispanic there is no denying the influence it has on our city. One of the most popular chain of supermarkets in Houston is Fiesta, the first of these super stores opened in Houston in 1972. Now across the city and surrounding suburbs there are over 30 stores for your convenience. When Fiesta stores opened in Houston they introduced shoppers to specialty cuisine most have never heard of.
You are able to do more than just shop for groceries, they offer a full experience at their stores. In most locations you will find a fresh deli, large seafood department, Taquerias, Salchichonerias (A Mexican style hot deli) in store bakery and even clothing. In their section of International and Specialty Foods you will find foods from numerous countries. Some of the items are: cheese from El Salvador, Mexico and Honduras; soda from Brazil and Jamaica; noodles and bread from Germany and Poland; spices from India, Thailand and Vietnam and even Mexican Coca-Cola.
Houston, Texas 77042
At Houston’s only dedicated Japanese market you will find the best selection of Japanese foods in this international market. You will find not only the freshest foods, but specialty gifts and everything you could imagine for a truly authentic Japanese feast.
For an authentic shopping experience it is definitely worth the trip to Nippan Daido. This tiny little store is packed with the best and freshest Japanese foods. You will find: sashimi-grade tuna, 20 types of tofu, udon, Japanese vegetables, bean sprouts, enoki mushrooms and daikon radishes. They also carry beautiful lacquered-wood chopsticks, green teas, ceramic tea sets, sake sets, imported shampoos and cosmetics, even Japanese beer and sake.
Phoenicia Specialty Food Market
Houston, Texas 77077
When you visit this Houston, Texas International Market and Store it is easy to see why it was named one of Saveur Magazines favorite markets. This enormous 55,000 square foot market located in west Houston carries over 6,000 products from 50 different countries. If you cannot find what you are looking for here, then it is probably not made. You will find imported foods and goods from all over the world. Some countries include: Armenia, Jordan, Chile, Bulgaria, Hungary, Sweden, Brazil, Portugal, Lebanon, Turkey, Argentina, Syria, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia, Germany France, Greece, Netherlands, Romania, Hungary and Poland. You will find food that makes you feel at home, or if you want to try a new cuisine.
Some of the most exciting things you will find is Persian tea kettles, hookah pipes, couscous pot, henna, flavored tobacco, imported soap and even charcoal. The variety of food items are staggering. They offer: over 20 kinds of olive oils, more than 50 kinds of jams and jellies from all over the world. You will also find Russian candies, a dozen kinds of mustard, polish chocolate biscuits, a bakery and other ready to eat items. You can truly get lost in all the exotic foods and goods, but you will surely leave with something unique and interesting and want to go back again.
“Shopping Houston’s Global Markets” Texas Highways,November 2005; 14-21