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10 Best Ethnic Markets in Metro Phoenix

Get some new flavor in your cooking at Lam's.
Get some new flavor in your cooking at Lam's.
Natalie Miranda

The best part of traveling is indulging in food we've tried to imiitate at home. But let's face it: How many of us really have the time or funds to get to our dream locations? Luckily, we don't have to pull out those dusty passports to get a taste of India or Japan. Phoenix is full of convenient ethnic markets with their shelves full of foods from its native countries.

We sought out 10 markets to give you the most ethnic experience without having to leave the Valley.

See also: Ten Favorite Metro Phoenix Farmers' Markets

Lam's Seafood Market Fresh seafood can be kind of hard -- and let's be real, a little scary -- to find in the middle of the desert. Enter Lam's Seafood Market. They have a vast selection of fresh and frozen seafood. Pick up squid, octopus, shrimp (peeled or not), live tilapia or fresh catfish or lobster. The prices are reasonable as well, and they have two entire aisles full of thick or think noodles to pair with your fresh seafood. So the next time you're planning fresh seafood, stop by Lam's.

10 Best Ethnic Markets in Metro Phoenix
Natalie Miranda

Yasha From Russia A deli case with more than 20 types of sausages and cheese sits in the center of the little market. Pastries fill one section of the case, with sweet breads filled with cream and nuts. For $9.99 a pound, the Russian servelat sausage is a softer sausage with a smokey flavor. Of course Yashas has an extensive supply of Russian beer, one in a mini keg. They also carry products from other European countries such as Germany and Ukraine. One wall is full of jams and jellies from Europe, as well as an assortment of teas and herbal drinks. Looking for Russian entertainment? Yasha has you covered with a collection of Russian music.

10 Best Ethnic Markets in Metro Phoenix
Natalie Miranda

Tienda Centroamericana Right off the freeway is this little shop with small shelves full of supplies to make Central and South American favorites, such as Donarepa for arepas, and frozen pupusas. Of course they sell the inexpensive packets of seasonings we love. In the back where the refrigerated section is they have Inca Cola, the quintessential Peruvian drink that tastes like banana bubble gum. Get a taste of Colombia with Pony Malt, a non-alcoholic wheat drink made to mimick beer.



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