Longing to cook up a traditional feast but can’t find that one vital ingredient? Read on to find out the best specialty stores in London that’ll see you cooking up a storm like a true local.
From London’s newest Italian food hall to Japan Centre’s Westfield branch, here’s where to go shopping for traditional spices, flavours and ingredients in the capital.
As soon as the warmer weather hits, every Londoner opts for an alfresco feast that’s often influenced by the sun-kissed country of Italy. From fresh pasta and meats to pastries and sweet treats, Eataly is a brand new Italian food market and restaurant concept that’s helping to bring a slice of Italy to London.
At Eataly, you’ll find restaurants, coffee shops, gelato bars and a mammoth selection of quality Italian and local food products. A first of its kind in London, the venue boasts over 5,000 products to peruse, including fresh produce from their on-site butcher, fishmonger and cured meat and cheese counters.
Eataly is helping to bring a slice of Italy to London...
Only at Eataly will you find the finest Italian produce you could dream of. Make sure you make pitstop by the La Via del Dolce – the Sweet Spot – that boasts freshly baked cakes, pastries, cannoli and handmade gelato as it’s sure to step up your dinner party.
The venue also boasts several takeaway spots and three restaurants, including a fine dining restaurant opening that’s scheduled to open in September. If you can’t make it to the store, Eataly can bring the goods to you with their online shop and delivery service.
135 BISHOPSGATE, EC2M 3YD
Helping you to perfect your ramen making skills is Ichiba, Europe’s largest Japanese food hall. The flagship store boasts everything from Japanese staples and kitchen essentials, from rice and miso to tea and sake. They also boast several handpicked ceramics for those wanting to mix up their tableware.
For Japanese speciality cakes, look to the traditional Japanese bakery and cafe that’s on site. You’ll want to make sure you try a plate of dorayaki pancakes and an iced matcha latte on your visit too.
For those hungry while shopping, there are several fresh food counters offering takeaway services. Pick and choose from noodles, sushi and curries. Can’t venture down? Order your supplies online.
Ichiba 0220 Relay Square Westfield, W12 7HB
A favourite among the foodie set, Panzer’s has become renowned for its stylised hampers, culinary delights and smoked salmon bagels. With over 75 years under their belt, Panzer’s champions only the finest products, ranging from over 80 countries, to bring us Londoners the best quality ingredients that have since become our foodie favourites. London’s original Jewish deli can be found serving up these delights in St John’s Wood.
Widen your tastebuds, deepen your cookery skills and venture to Tian Tian, the superstore that brings modern East Asian living to London.
Tian Tian first arrived on the scene back in 2016 and has since become a place that’s helping to broaden Londoners minds to a different style of cooking that they are perhaps used to. Here you’ll find premium products from East and South-east Asia, as well as hot food options to enjoy on site too.
Tian Tian opened their second store this spring in Aldgate and they’ve recently announced they’ll be bringing another store to Canary Wharf later this year too.
Isle of Dogs & Aldgate
For a traditional taste of the sandy Spanish isles, look to R Garcia & Sons, the Portobello Road supermarket and deli that specialises in Spanish goods. Peruse the stacked shelves and stock your basket full of fresh charcuterie meats from the deli counter, biscuits and olive oils.
Here you’ll find everything you need to replicate your favourite Spanish dish from scratch.
You’ll find everything you need to replicate your favourite Spanish dish from scratch.
Stocking the largest selection of Lebanese and Middle Eastern delicacies since 1986, Green Valley is the place to go for delicious, authentic produce.
Having started life as a humble 800 square foot shop, they’ve since expanded and now occupy a store that’s almost 5,000 square feet. The delicatessen boasts fresh salads, ready-to-eat dishes and a bountiful selection of olives and pickles, while the fresh meat counter will provide you with everything you need for your next family bbq.
Helping to level up your dinner party plans is Colette, the gourmet traiteur and delicatessen in Chelsea. Head here for charcuterie meats, decadent cheeses and fresh seafood from some of the best producers in the UK.
To improve your picnic dates, they boast some charming hampers available for nationwide delivery. Serving two, there are three delicious options to choose from – our favourite being the ‘Picnic for the Carnivores’, made up of a fresh selection of items from the Colette Deli Counter. Expect ham hock terrine, scotch eggs, pork pies, vintage cheddar, ham & gruyere baguettes, and wagyu beef & honey crisps.
For authentic West African goods, head to Bims African Food Store. Located in Peckham, the store sells African products, from jumbo to potato leaf from their fresh fruit and vegetable section. The foods are imported from Africa, along with trinkets, baskets and homeware goods.
102 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4RZ
Wanting to prove that open sandwiches deserve their rightful place in London is Scandi Kitchen, the Scandinavian food outlet just off Oxford Street.
The brainchild of Bronte, who’s Danish, and Jones, who’s Swedish, the pair began life by importing their favourite foods and treats that they missed dearly from their home countries. The store has since grown into a space to find delicious and healthy Scandi options, from soups and pates to classic meatballs.
Whatever cuisine you’re looking to rustle up this weekend, Taj Stores on Brick Lane has the ingredients you’ll be after. Founded all the way back in 1936, it’s now one of the oldest grocers in the UK.
From speciality spices to exotic fruits, Taj Stores boasts over 1,000 products from across the world in store.
112 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 6RL