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Greenville guide to international food markets

Spices | Photo by Shantanu Pal from Pexels
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One thing you should know about our team is that we love to travel, especially to other countries. Grace had to cancel trips to both Japan and Spain this year, and Ana had plans in the works for an adventure in Greece before the pandemic hit. So, even though we’ve been practicing our airport hustle at home, we’ve found ourselves looking for new ways to incorporate global cultures into our day-to-day lives during this unprecedented time. 

Fortunately, Greenville is a great place to experience the world through international cuisineno airplane required. So, we’ve compiled a list of the amazing international groceries and supermarkets in our area, so you can add some global flavor to your home cooking. If you know of a place we missed, let us know.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions, some businesses may currently be closed or offering limited services. Check their websites and/or social media for possible changes. 

African-Jamaican-Caribbean Foods Fish & Meat Market

1368 N. Pleasantburg Drive | Mon.-Sat. 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Sun. 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | (864) 534-1290

“This is a neat little place to visit! Interesting variety of items and very friendly employees!!” – AWalkAroundTown from Google

Asian Pacific Supermarket

420 North Pleasantburg Dr. | Daily 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. | (864) 603-1377

“Our meals here are always delicious. We love how friendly the staff is. The supermarket always has our take home faves and we usually leave with something new to try. The restaurant serves both authentic and americanized dishes. All are absolutely delicious.” – Brandi R. from Google

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We're winding down our #GVLAtoZ food tour of #yeahTHATgreenville, and it's time to get real — really real! . 𝗧 𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 "𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹, 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗖𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗲-𝗦𝘁𝘆𝗹𝗲 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗮𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝗶𝗮 𝗣𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰" . Catching a craving for Chinese here nets you lots of locally-owned options with the quality you'd expect from an unsung-yet-worthy-of-a-record-deal international culinary scene. Yet there is but one on Greenville's global grub stage differentiating itself with authentic Cantonese-style Chinese food. . Walking into @asiapacificgreenville, you'll notice its meticulously clean, pristine, and organized shelves and aisles. Much of the place is a massive international supermarket filled with ingredients your local Publix does not stock. We highly encourage looking through it all. . Owner Alva Mak (pictured), originally from Hong Kong, has lived in Upstate SC since 1976 and her restaurant experience always involved pleasing the American palate, which doesn't always mesh with the traditional style she grew up with. When she opened Asia Pacific in 2017, she did so with her childhood memories in mind. . In the restaurant area, a glance at the menu reveals Chinese-American chicken classics, like sesame and General Tso's, for those a little less adventurous. It won't take long to find those traditional Cantonese-style dishes, however, because they take up the lion's share of the list. . Locals in-the-know would make their last meal ever the roast duck, which you can see on @asiapacificgreenville's profile. Popular options also include the roast pork, spicy salt pepper shrimp, and scallion pancakes. Soup dumplings are a must! The taste may send you straight to Hong Kong — but the temperature may send you straight to the ice bin, so be careful with the delicious yet molten-hot soup inside. . The live seafood area of Asia Pacific is an experience in itself. A favorite is the dish pictured — sautéed deep fried lobster. We'd tell you more but the phone is gonna short if we drool on it any more, so we'll see you at Asia Pacific for some top traditional Cantonese creations! . [📷: @fisheyestudios / @offthegridgreenville]

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Asian Supermarket

30 Orchard Park Dr. #13 | Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Sun. 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. | (864) 297-8382

“Very nice store! Clean, well stocked. Items are marked in English which is helpful and thoughtful. Their selection is always fresh. Love shopping here. My weakness is the dishware.” – Beth S. from Google 

Chavez Market

101 East Lee Rd. | Daily 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. | (864) 283-6518

“Best Hispanic store I’ve ever been to!! Wonderful customer service, prices, and food. 10/10 would recommend!” – Ella W. from Google

El Horno Bakery

3058 Wade Hampton Blvd. | Mon.-Sat. 6:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Sun. 7:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. | (864) 568-5445

“Recently moved upstate from the Lowcountry.  First time here and the pastries and bread are delicious! Everything looks beautiful and fresh baked. Young woman who assisted me was very friendly. Will be back soon to try other baked goods. Most definitely telling my friends about this hidden gem!!” – Whitney W. from Google

European Market #4

1635 Woodruff Rd. | Mon.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun. 12:30-5:00 p.m. | (864) 520-1033

“If there is a flavor you miss, they’ll likely have it or try to get it for you! Great prices, and authentic! Plus they have fresh baked goods like rye bread that is divine.” – Raye H. from Google 

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Try our delicious Homemade Poppyseed Rolls!

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Holy Land International Grocery and Halal Meat 

200 N Pleasantburg Dr. | Mon.-Sat. 10:00 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 12:00-6:00 p.m. | (864) 248-4841

“This place is ABSOLUTELY wonderful. The meat is always fresh and cut to order. I can find spices there that I cannot find anywhere else and they are so affordable. The staff is very friendly as well. This place is a dream and I love them!!!” – Tiffany R. from Google

Korean Market

8590 Pelham Rd. | Hours vary daily | (864) 284-9191

“This store will definitely help you prepare and cook the fundamental Korean dishes! Owner is very nice and helped me find the necessary ingredients to make authentic awesome Korean delights.” – Yong-Yong H. from Yelp

Krishna Grocery

1288 Woodruff Rd. | Daily 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. | (864) 991-8528

“Good store to get all of your Indian spices and cooking ingredients.  They have an abundance of choices and if you need help they are very willing to provide assistance. Also don’t be afraid to dabble in their frozen foods section, you may find something tasty to indulge in.” – John H. from Yelp 

La Esperanza

1152 N Pleasantburg Dr | 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. (food truck hours vary) | (864) 244-9447 

“Most authentic tacos in Greenville! Whether you like the pollo or the pastor, the flavor will echo to the very marrow of your bones.” – Aaron B. from Google 


La Unica Supermarket

5101 Wade Hampton Blvd | Daily 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. | (864) 801-8573

“Great selection of meat!!! If you aren’t buying your meat here for your taco Tuesday or like my family taco every other day you are missing out! Customer service is good and friendly.” – Danielle H. from Google

Lighthouse Bakery

2520 East North St. | Daily 6:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. | (864) 292-9206

“Made fresh everyday. The only truly mexican type baked goods in town. People at the store are great too.” – Suresh M. from Google

Maria’s Kitchen – The Drop In Store

709 N Main St. | Restaurant – Lunch: Mon.-Fri. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Dinner: Tues.-Fri. 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Store – Daily 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m | (846) 242-0111

“Great menu (always changing) ask for a recommendation, if you can’t decide. Have a beer with your meal! Seating is limited but it is great “to-go” as well.” – L. M. from Google 

Oriental Imports

1305 Laurens Rd. | Hours vary daily | (864) 235-6089

“Truly an amazing place! This store has a wide selection of Asian treats, ingredients, and artifacts. The man working there is very nice and is happy to help you with your shopping! 10/10” – Kat from Google 

Panaderia y Pasteleria La Estrella

307 E Poinsett St. | Daily 6:00 -10:00 a.m. | (864) 877-1339

“Traveled quite a bit and missed real Mexican food, bread, and tacos…tortillas made from scratch! Really good ones at that!! Traditional Mexican ‘style’ place…nothing fancy but food was great. I found my go to place :)” – Elizabeth M. from Google 

Pereira Bakery 

1100 East Lee Rd. | Mon.-Sat. 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Sun. 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. | (864) 236-8947

“The best Colombian comfort food you can find anywhere around. Empanadas and chicharrons are so good. You can find just about any kind of Colombian cuisine here. You have to try it and see for yourself.” – Dale B. from Google

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Los postres 🍪🍰🍩🍮🍦😋 The desserts

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Pita House

495 South Pleasantburg Dr. | Mon.-Sat. 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Closed Sun. | (864) 271-9895 

“Great food at affordable prices. The market is also great to stock up on harder to find Mediterranean foods.  Just remember your folding money since this is a cash only establishment.” – Robert E. from Google

Radha Indian Grocers

9 Hendrix Drive | Daily 10:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m. | (864) 284-0098

“Perfect store for Indian food. Almost  everything is in stock whenever you go. I liked the samosas here. Great place for students as there is a huge variety of ready to eat Indian food available here. The staff is also friendly.” – Nilesh K. from Google

Saigon Market

1540 Wade Hampton Blvd J. | Daily 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. | (864) 271-7822

“Love this little store. Always clean, produce is always super fresh and everything is always so well stocked. Great asset to the community.” – Valerie M. from Google 

Swad Restaurant and Store

1421 Laurens Rd., Ste A | Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Closed Sun. | (864) 233-2089

“One of the best local spots in Greenville. This family owned restaurant is one of a kind! The food is fantastic, affordable, and the owners are delightful. They will meet your vegan/vegetarian needs. No meat eating here! If you love quality Indian food with a homey environment, then you’ll love SWAD. We eat here once a week if not more. Five stars! P.S. We order the same thing every time it’s so good. Our go to is the Vegan Thali and an order of Samosas. If you don’t try the Samosas, then you’re not living! :)” – Ryan H. from Google


8590 Pelham Rd. #7 | Mon.-Fri. 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sat. 9:30 am-7:00 p.m., Closed Sun. | (864) 288-2755

“If you need some nori or maybe a broiled eel, Tanpopo is your one stop shop. This family owned and run business is a pleasure to have in our community, and one that has been around for far longer than most realize.” – James B. from Google

VGO Market

55 Park Woodruff Dr. | Daily 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. | (864) 631-1158

“Amazing! Absolutely everything you need for Indian food. For 3 years I have not been able to find ingredients in USA…until today! All the spices, pastes, flours, everything! I’ll be back FOR SURE!” – Kathy P. from Google 

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