Ethnic Markets in Fairfield County
Where to shop for food when you want to be transported to a different place.
A menu at a local fish market displays various types of ceviche available in Panama City, Panama.
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So you want to try something exotic tonight but the ingredients list has you going crazy. Well fret not—just check out this handy list and then transport yourself to a far away land with your taste buds.
Coelho Plaza is your go-to stop for everything Brazilian—inside the store you’ll find a bakery, butchery, and aisles of books, DVDs, beauty products, and, of course, groceries. No matter what you need, if it’s from Brazil, you’ll find it here.
827 North Ave., Bridgeport, 203-366-5945.
Fairfield Meat Emporium
This market is famous for their wide variety of homemade cold cuts, but you’ll also find Hungarian and other European specialties from Kalocsa paprika and red pepper paste to Bulgarian cheese and Czech beer. Come here to enjoy home cooked Hungarian food, too—Goulash anyone?
849 Kings Highway, Fairfield, 203-696-2322.
Sure, every grocery store nowadays has a Spanish foods aisle. But if you South American products that are hard to find anywhere else, head to La Marqueta. You’ll find goodies like Peruvian coriander paste, plenty of fruits and veggies, and rare cuts of meat.
54 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, 203-298-0595.
At this bodega you’ll find all types of Mexican food from spices and dried goods to sweets and soft drinks. But the real reason to go there is the back counter. There you can enjoy tacos, burritos and other delicious dishes that are as authentic as can be.
49 Fort Point St., Nowalk, 203-854-9283.
This market packs a lot of goodies into a small space. Expect to find Japanese rice, noodles, produce, snacks and drinks. There’s even a fish counter and DVD rental service. Be warned: parking around Fuji Market is notoriously difficult so plan ahead.
1212 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, 203-698-2107.
Oriental Food Market
When you’re trying to recreate your favorite Tengda dish head here. You’ll find Massaman paste, lime leaves, fish oil, tofu and noodles and sauces. There’s even some treats (red bean ice cream bars and candies) and snacks (shrimp chips and wasabi peas), yum!
109 New Canaan Ave., Norwalk, 203-847-0070.
Not sure what you’re looking for? Food Bazaar has aisles and aisles of different ethnic foods: Jamaican, Indian, German—you name it! They also have exotic fruits not found elsewhere and a fish department that makes other fish departments feel inadequate.
500 Sylvan Ave., Bridgeport, 203-683-3740.