When your grocery list demands more than milk, eggs, and bread, you should turn to one of these specialty grocery stores to restock your fridge.
Nothing against Giant Eagle and Kroger, but shopping at these larger chains can feel a little impersonal and boring. Unique grocery stores are a way to get both high-quality food and a great local experience.
Here are the best specialty grocery stores in Columbus:
About: Weiland’s Market was founded in 1961 by John Williams and George Weiland. It’s been a staple of the Clintonville Community ever since. Weiland’s has it all: fresh seafood, great meats, a huge deli selection, and lush produce. Not to mention the wine and spirits departments! But what really sets them apart is the customer service. Everyone who works there is always so delightful.
Location: 3600 Indianola Ave
Website: Weiland’s Market
About: This place has been around forever! Carfagna’s was founded in 1937 and continues to be Columbus’ best place for all things Italian. Carfagna’s Pasta Sauce is said to be the best pasta sauce in the world. Don’t believe me? Just watch these commercials. “Carfagna’s. It’s the sauce!”
Location: 1440 Gemini Pl.
About: Trader Joe’s might be a chain, but it doesn’t mean it can’t have that small town grocery-store feel. That’s how the company got it’s start in 1958 in Monrovia, California. It’s bright and colorful and the staff is friendly. Plus, shopping at Trader Joe’s will make you feel sophisticated and healthy.
Location: 3888 Townsfair Way, Columbus; 6355 Sawmill Rd
Website: Trader Joe’s
About: Lucky’s Market brings fresh foods to their shelves so you can bring it to your table. They truly want to help their customers eat healthy, and promote a healthy lifestyle. Thinking about starting a cleanse? Lucky’s has a whole bunch of healthy recipes to help get you started.
Location: 2770 N High St.
Website: Lucky’s Market
Saraga International Grocery
About: Going grocery shopping at Saraga is like going grocery shopping all over the world. This international food haven is the place you should go to when you’re going to whip up a dinner with dishes from every continent! Plus, Saraga has the best Tibetan and Nepalese dumpling around at a little restaurant inside called Momo Ghar.
Location: 1265 Morse Rd.
Website: Saraga International Grocery
The Hills Market
About: The Hills Market is a wonderful place to go shopping whether you’ve got a list that requires a shopping basket or a cart. Even better, the downtown location is a wonderful place to grab a bite if you work in the area. Both locations offer an array of classes so you can be as good at cooking and baking as the folks on The Great British Bake Off.
Location: 95 N Grant Ave.
Website: The Hills Market
About: The North Market is a collection of a whole bunch of specialty shops. Meat from butcher shops, to produce, to sea food, there are so many fun places worth stopping in. Once you’ve checked everything off your list, you can reward yourself by visiting one of the many places to grab a bite to eat in North Market.
Location: 59 Spruce St.
Website: North Market
About: Yes, I realize that farmers’ markets are not grocery stores, but that’s just a technicality. They’re some of the best places around to get your hands on fresh produce and homemade goodies. You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten a pie that you picked up at a farmers market. Farmers’ markets tend to be seasonal, so make sure you go visit on before it’s too late!
Website: 14 Fun And Fresh Farmers’ Markets And Where To Find Them