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The Best Specialty Grocery Stores In Columbus

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 10 best specialty grocery stores in Columbus:

Weiland’s Market

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About: Weiland’s Market as 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. Weiland’s employees will get to know you and care about you. I might be a little biased because my first job was bagging groceries and stocking shelves at Weiland’s, but hey. It just means I’m an authority on the matter.
Overall Rating on Facebook: 4.7 Stars
Hours: Monday–Saturday: 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Location: 3600 Indianola Ave
Website: Weiland’s Market


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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!”
Overall Rating on Facebook: 4.7
Hours: Monday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: 1405 E Dublin Granville Rd
Website: Carfagna’s

Trader Joe’s

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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.
Overall Rating on Facebook: 4.7 Stars
Hours: Monday–Sunday: 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Location: 3888 Townsfair Way, Columbus; 6355 Sawmill Rd
Website: Trader Joe’s

Lucky’s Market

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.
Overall Rating on Facebook: 4.6 Stars
Hours: Monday–Sunday: 7 a.m.–11 p.m.
Location: 2770 N High St
Website: Lucky’s Market

The Market Italian Village

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About: The Market isn’t just a market. They call themselves an “urban eatery, old-world market, deli counter, and coffee shop all under one roof”. You can stop in for a delicious meal. The word on the street is that the fish n’ chips are absolutely amazing. Next time you have a light grocery run, go to the Market and eat a meal so you’re not hungry while you shop. Then pick up all the little odds and ends your cupboards need.
Overall Rating on Facebook: 4.6 Stars
Hours: Monday–Sunday: 9 a.m.–10 p.m.
Location: 1022 Summit St
Website: The Market Italian Village

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.
Overall Rating on Facebook: 4.5 Stars
Hours: Monday–Sunday: 8 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
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.
Overall Rating on Facebook: 4.3 Stars
Hours: Monday–Saturday: 8 a.m.–9 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Location: 7860 Olentangy River Rd; 95 N Grant Ave
Website: The Hills Market

North Market

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About: The North Market is a collection of a whole bunch of specialty shops. Meat from Two Brothers Butcher Shoppe, produce from Little Eater, and sea food from The Fish Guys. 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. My favorites are Brezel, Hot Chicken Takeover, and Jeni’s.
Overall Rating on Facebook: 4.6 Stars
Hours: Sunday–Monday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday: 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Location: 59 Spruce St
Website: North Market

Farmers’ Markets

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!
Hours: Various
Location: Various
Website: 14 Fun And Fresh Farmers’ Markets And Where To Find Them

Time to get some fresh fruits, veggies, meats, and cheeses!


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