Are you ready to go international food shopping and experience a trip around the world without leaving the Austin metro? With vibrant and diverse international markets right in our backyard, you can do just that! Join us on a virtual tour of some of the most interesting markets, where you’ll find treasures, learn about other cultures, meet interesting people, experience new cuisines and ingredients, and maybe even master a few words in a foreign language. So, get our shopping bags ready for this exciting journey together!
This post was inspired by my son who loves geography and food. For his 13 birthday, he wanted to visit as many international markets as we could in one day to gather up all his favorite snacks. We also had his favorite lunch, Pho. We hope this post inspires you to get out and enjoy exploring the bounty of international markets in our area.
Filipino Asian Mart
615 W Slaughter Lane Suite 110, Austin
Once you step inside this mart, you’ll discover a wide range of Filipino and Asian goods. This place offers a variety of Filipino snacks, frozen foods, and pantry staples as well as household items and clothing inspired by Filipino culture. You will be welcomed by the very kind owner who will make sure that you get everything that you need. The food here is fresh and authentic–you should definitely try their adobo, lumpia, and egg rolls!
11331 N Lamar Blvd, Austin
This is one of our favorite shops where we go quite often. International Foods is the place to go for all your halal Indian, Mediterranean, and Pakistani food needs. From exotic fruits and vegetables to international spices and sauces, this store offers a diverse selection of global foods and ingredients that you won’t find anywhere else. Their tea selection is also outstanding!
Manpasand Indian Pakistani Halal Groceries Supermarket
13945 North, 183 Lakeline Mall Dr, Austin
Manpasand is the place to go for high-quality Indian and Pakistani groceries. The produce, spices, and meats are all halal; they also have a wide selection of prepared foods, snacks, and desserts. Their fruits and veggies taste fresh, too! You can order ready-to-eat meals at their food stalls inside the market. This is a weekly stop for me to get spices, paneer, and easy-to-make frozen foods for a quick and tasty dinner.
11301 Lakeline Blvd, Austin
This Korean-American supermarket offers customers a wide variety of Korean foods, including fresh produce, seafood, meats, packaged foods and more. The seafood department has live fish and shellfish, mussels and clams, and frozen squid. Their staff are friendly and helpful. Inside the same building is the Food Court with numerous vendors for ready-to-eat meals and a seating area is provided. Hmart also offers a vast selection of Korean skincare and beauty products, a fun K-Pop shop, a hair salon, arcade games, and occasionally live music in the food court.
6105 Burnet Rd, Austin
This authentic Japanese grocery store brings a slice of Japan to Austin. You can find an extensive range of Japanese ingredients, snacks, and drinks, as well as unique Japanese pottery and dishware. They also serve takeout Japanese food and snacks. There are a lot of varieties of Japan’s popular snacks, food, and many imported goods. their Onigiri is a must-try!
Hana World Market
1700 W Parmer Ln Suite 100, Austin
Discover a vast selection of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese foods. This supermarket is not just any ordinary grocery store – as you stroll down the aisles, you’ll find a vast selection of imported snacks, drinks, and beauty products from these Asian countries that are sure to delight your senses. If you’re a K-pop fan, you’ll love their K-pop booth, and if you need a quick trim or a fresh new hairstyle, their hair salon will take care of you. But the real star of the show here is their food court. They offer a variety of freshly prepared sushi and bento boxes that will make your taste buds dance with joy.
10901 N Lamar Blvd G, Austin
This Vietnamese grocery store offers a wide variety of Southeast Asian foods, including fresh produce, seafood, meats, and prepared foods. It is known for its extensive selection of Asian ingredients, ranging from hard-to-find herbs and spices. It also offers a vast selection of Vietnamese cooking equipment, including rice cookers, woks, and other specialty tools. You can also browse through their selection of Asian beauty and personal care products, including skincare and hair care.
99 Ranch Market
6929 Airport Blvd #110, Austin
Discover a diverse selection of fresh produce, seafood, and meats, including hard-to-find ingredients used in authentic Asian dishes at this Chinese-American supermarket chain. You’ll also find Chinese herbal remedies, imported beauty products, and a lively atmosphere filled with bright colors and enticing aromas. Don’t miss the expertly prepared meat cuts and the exotic fruits and vegetables, along with the live fish and shellfish available in-store.
Gandhi Bazar 620
12809 N FM 620 #3, Austin
This is a one-stop shop for Indian groceries, spices, and prepared foods. Inside the store, you’ll find shelves stocked with a variety of spices, grains, flours, and other essential ingredients for cooking authentic Indian dishes. It’s very famous for its bakery, which offers a selection of fresh-baked naan, roti, and other traditional Indian bread. They also have a wide selection of Indian and South Asian foods, as well as fresh produce.
El Rancho Supermercado
8752 Research Blvd, Austin
Step into this lively Mexican grocery store and immerse yourself in the vibrant Hispanic culture of the area. You’ll be greeted with friendly smiles and the mouth-watering aroma of freshly baked traditional Hispanic bread like pan dulce and bolillos from the bakery section. The store is a treasure trove of Hispanic ingredients, including fresh produce, meats, and prepared foods. Their selection of Mexican snacks, drinks, and household items is impressive and diverse. It’s the perfect spot to stock up on your favorite Hispanic products, discover new ones, and enjoy a taste of Mexico right here in town.
DB World Foods Indian & International Grocers
15609 Ronald Reagan Blvd B310, Leander
This Indian grocery store is stocked with a variety of international foods and ingredients, including a wide selection of African, Indian, Pakistani, and Middle Eastern spices, grains, flours, and other essentials. The store also carries a variety of international snack foods, frozen foods, and beverages, as well as a selection of fresh produce, meats, and dairy products.
Ziggy’s Kielbasa House
2403 S, S Hwy 183, Leander
It’s a cozy and welcoming meat market and deli that offers the traditional Polish cuisine of the area, with a focus on high-quality, handmade kielbasa sausages. You’ll find a variety of meats and sausages, all made in-house using traditional Polish recipes and techniques. The store also carries a selection of other deli items, including pickles, sauerkraut, and a variety of Polish condiments.
La Chaparrita Meat Market
1909 S Hwy 183, Leander
This Mexican grocery store that specializes in fresh meats, produce, and traditional Mexican foods offers a wide variety of Mexican snacks, drinks, and household items. The store also carries a selection of pre-marinated meats, as well as a variety of Hispanic spices, herbs, and seasonings. It is also famous for its homemade chorizo sausage, which comes in a variety of flavors and is made using traditional Mexican recipes and techniques.
Quality Halal Market
12920 W Parmer Ln UNIT 106, Cedar Park
This Middle Eastern grocery store is famous for its freshly prepared Halal meat dishes, including shawarma, kabobs, and falafel. Customers rave about the store’s kebabs, which are made using high-quality meats and authentic Middle Eastern spices. Shoppers can also find a selection of Middle Eastern desserts, dried fruits, and nuts.
Southwest Farmers Market
9821 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin
It’s a vibrant and diverse farmers market that offers a variety of fresh, locally grown produce. The market also offers a selection of artisanal bread and cheeses, as well as handmade crafts from local artisans. All of the vendors are local and many have been selling at the market for years, creating a sense of familiarity among both vendors and customers.
825 E Rundberg Ln # A-1, Austin
It is a one-stop shop for Caribbean and African groceries. The store carries exotic fruits and vegetables, as well as a variety of specialty meats, including goat, lamb, and poultry. It also has a selection of spices and herbs, as well as flours, grains and sauces. The store is known for its freshly prepared African and Caribbean dishes including jollof rice and jerk chicken. The curries are bursting with flavor thanks to their authentic spices and seasonings.
Selam International Mart & Cafe
10009 N Lamar Blvd b, Austin
The store offers an authentic shopping experience, including spices, herbs and seasonings; specialty foods such as injera (a type of sourdough flatbread), lentils and berbere (a spicy seasoning blend); fresh fruits, vegetables and African groceries such as flour and grains. The store is also famous for its delicious Ethiopian coffee, which is roasted on-site and served in the store’s cozy cafe area. Customers rave about the store’s traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony–a special experience that offers a glimpse into Ethiopian culture and hospitality.
10205 N Lamar Blvd, Austin
This cozy bakery offers a taste of traditional Middle Eastern pastries and desserts, with an emphasis on high-quality ingredients and flavors. You’ll find a wide selection of freshly baked pastries and sweets, including baklava (a pastry made with layers of phyllo dough and honey syrup), ma’amoul (a type of stuffed cookie), and many other Middle Eastern sweets. The store also carries Turkish coffee and tea to pair with delicious treats. All of the pastries are made using traditional techniques and high-quality ingredients, ensuring that they are rich in flavor and texture.
Afghan Halal Market Austin
9200 N Lamar Blvd #106, Austin
This small but charming grocery store is a must-visit destination if you’re looking to experience the rich cultural heritage of Afghanistan. The store offers a wide selection of spices, herbs, and seasonings, as well as specialty foods including rice, lentils, and naan bread. It also carries fresh fruits and vegetables, flour and grains, sauces, and a variety of Middle Eastern groceries. It also has Afghan handicrafts and artwork including traditional clothing rugs and jewelry.
World Food & Halal Market
9616 N Lamar Blvd # 125, Austin
If you’re a food enthusiast looking to explore new cuisines, then this store is a must-visit! As soon as you step inside, you’ll be greeted by the delightful aroma of exotic spices and fresh produce. One of the best things about this store is its extensive collection of international food items. You’ll find shelves stocked with a wide variety of foods from all over the world, including Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Mediterranean specialties. And if you’re looking for halal meats and products, you’ll be happy to know that they have a large selection available.
African Market/Nigerian Restaurant
10805 N Lamar Blvd J, Austin
This mart and restaurant is a hidden gem that offers visitors a unique glimpse into the rich culture and cuisine of West Africa. The store is located in a modest building, but once inside, visitors are greeted with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. You’ll find a variety of African groceries, including spices, sauces, and snacks. The store also carries a wide selection of African clothing, jewelry, and traditional artifacts. But the real highlight of the African Market/Nigerian Restaurant is its restaurant. The restaurant offers a variety of traditional Nigerian dishes, including jollof rice and pepper soup. The food is authentic and delicious–portions are generous.
Fiesta Mart #25
N Interstate 35 Service Rd, Austin
If you’re looking for a grocery store that caters to a diverse community, then you’ll love this place! They have everything you need, from fresh produce and meat to seafood and bakery items. You’ll also find a fantastic selection of international foods, with dedicated aisles for Latin American, Asian, and African cuisine. They also have a bakery, deli, and hot food bar where you can grab a quick, delicious meal to go.
Phoenicia Bakery & Deli
4701 Burnet Rd, Austin
It is a charming Middle Eastern grocery store that welcomes you with the aroma of freshly baked bread and a warm and friendly atmosphere. The store is filled with colorful displays of exotic spices, nuts, dried fruits, and a vast selection of Middle Eastern products. The store is famous for its bakery, which offers a wide variety of freshly baked goods such as pita bread, baklava, and other traditional Middle Eastern pastries. They also have a deli section, where you can find a variety of Middle Eastern dishes such as hummus, falafel, shawarma, and kebabs, all made fresh daily.
Asia Market Austin
8650 Spicewood Springs Rd # 115, Austin
This store offers a diverse selection of Asian foods, including fresh produce, seafood, meats, and pantry staples. You’ll be greeted by a bustling atmosphere filled with bright colors, tempting aromas, and friendly faces. Discover rare and unique Asian ingredients, from exotic spices to sauces and condiments, that will elevate your cooking to the next level. Don’t miss the small food court, where you can savor classic Asian dishes like dumplings, bao, and noodle soups that are sure to satisfy your cravings.
401 Cypress Creek Road #100, Cedar Park
This unique bottle shop has local, national and international craft beer that you can grab and go. Or you can stay and enjoy over 160+ cold singles on site! With these many options it can take some time to find the one you like, but luckily the owner is super friendly and helpful and will guide you. Put together a fun gift basket for the beer lover in your life.
308 Hazelwood St #3, Leander
It is a cozy artisanal deli offering handmade salumi, charcuterie, and cured meats using traditional Italian techniques. They also have artisanal cheeses, olives, pickles, and a small seating area where you can enjoy a delicious sandwich or charcuterie board with a glass of wine or craft beer. Their famous mouthwatering sandwiches include the Italian-style muffuletta and house-made pastrami, and their knowledgeable staff is always ready to assist you in selecting the perfect meats and cheeses.
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