From the perfect ras el hanout to a Russian newspaper to a 25-pound sack of rice, these five local international markets provide what you need when you’re looking for the exotic and the unusual.
Dean’s Mediterranean Imports
Bulk bins of nuts, beans, rice, flour, dried fruit, spices, and sweets almost overwhelm the senses inside this busy spot across from Findlay Market, run by the second generation of the Zaidan family. Carryout wraps and bowls are available from the counter.
108 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 241-8222
As with Dean’s, this tiny storefront market sits across from the main markethouse at Findlay Market. Aisles are jammed with Asian sauces, cooking oils, potted meat, tea, noodles, and frozen foods, plus 25-pound sacks of rice for when friends drop by.
119 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 721-8053
La Mexicana Grocery
Enter through the restaurant or via a separate door off the back parking lot, and you’ll find a packed selection of imported Mexican and Guatemalan grocery items, including canned and frozen food, snacks, and cleaning supplies. A small deli and meat counter features fresh bread from La Antigua bakery.
642 Monmouth St., Newport, (859) 261-6112
Marina’s International Deli
In a strip mall in the Harper’s Point area, you’ll find Eastern European food items and cultural connections, from Ukrainian and Serbian pierogies to Polish and Estonian candy to German pasta to Russian-language newspapers, plus fresh sausages, salami, fish, and bread.
11426 Montgomery Rd., Symmes Township, (513) 469-6100
Jagdeep’s Indian Grocery
Easily accessible to UC’s international students and fans of Clifton’s Indian restaurants, Jagdeep’s offers a surprisingly robust selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices, in addition to shelves of curry mixes, packaged rice, and heat-and-eat meals.
270 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, (513) 961-2699