Sakuraya and Kim's Mart
December 3, 2021
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International food shops to give you a taste of home

There’s nothing more comforting than a home-cooked meal, prepared just the way your family does it. 

Food brings us together, and is often the culmination of a busy day.

Whether you’re sitting down with your family, partner, or others in your COVID bubble this season, a good meal allows us to slow down and appreciate the simple things in life. Our favourite foods can also connect us with some of our most important memories—just think about how evocative the aroma of a particular dish can be, conjuring up images of your home and loved ones.

Returning to your favourite meals can be a great way to combat end-of-semester stress. Cooking can be a soothing break from studying, and a kitchen full of steaming pots and pans can make your house a little cozier when the rain is making you feel grey. Additionally, if you’re not able to go home to see your loved ones this winter, recreating some family recipes can help bring home to you. Video call a friend or family member while you make the same recipe!

If you’re in the Vancouver area right now, we’ve compiled a list of some independent shops that carry food from all over the world. Take a study break, get some fresh air, and visit a shop that carries food you’re interested in—whether that’s staples from home or ingredients for a dish you’ve never tried before!

Afra on Main

Afra on Main store front

Address: 3046 Main St
Hours: Mon to Sat: 10 am to 8 pm | Sun: 10 am to 7 pm

Go here for: Mediterannean and Middle Eastern eats. Try their fresh baked spinach pies, baklava, and falafel; pick up a variety of specialty spices; treat yourself to Persian sweets, and more! 

Alenka Eastern European Foods

Storefront of Alenka
A mural on the side of the Alenka storefront

Address: 701 Kingsway
Hours: Mon to Sat: 11 am to 8 pm | Sun: 11 am to 7 pm

Go here for: Perogies, perogies, perogies! They also carry a wide variety of Eastern European staples like sauerkraut and spreads, baked goods, cheeses, and other specialties. 

Kim’s Mart

Storefront of Korean Kim's Market
Kim's Market from across the street on Broadway

Address: 519 E Broadway
Hours: Mon to Sun: 9 am to 9 pm

Go here for: Korean groceries like fresh produce and seafood, teas, spices, kimchi, fresh tofu, noodles, and a whole lot more!


Parthenon's store signage
Parthenon Store front

Address: 3089 W Broadway
Hours: Mon to Sun: 10 am to 7 pm

Go here for: Greek and Mediterranean delicacies. Whether you’re looking for spanakopita, olives, feta cheese, pasta, or a delicious snack, you’ll find it here!

Mediterranean food illustrations

Persia Foods

Persia Foods store front
Fruits and vegetables that are stored out on display

Address and hours: Check their website for locations and hours

Go here for: Affordable groceries, fresh produce, and ingredients for your next Michelin-star worthy dish! 


Storefronts of Sakuraya Japanese Supermarket and Korean Kim's Mart

Address: 523 E Broadway
Hours: Mon to Sun: 10 am to 8 pm

Go here for: Japanese grocery items like rice, ramen, seasoning, tea, curry, treats, and all the dried and frozen goods your heart desires.

Asian food illustrations

Tama Supermarket

Storefront of Tama Supermarket
Tama Supermarket

Address: 698 Kingsway
Hours: Mon to Sun: 10 am to 8 pm

Go here for: Filipino and Southeast Asian goods! Along with fresh produce, stock up on Filipino canned goods, snacks, and even beauty products! 

Whether you’re feeling homesick or just need a pick-me-up, we hope you’ll be able to find some delicious treats in the aisles of these great local shops! Remember to wear a mask and practice physical distancing when you’re out to keep these shops safe for everyone to enjoy.