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International High End Grocery Stores?? Where do you shop?

I am doing a project at school on high end grocery stores and I am looking for information on international specialty food stores/organic stores/gourmet grocers. For example, I lived in Hong Kong for a while and Taste and Great Food Hall are examples of places I'm looking for. In the US I would classify Whole Foods and maybe Trader Joes. In Canada, (specifically in Toronto) I would say Pussetari's, and Whole Foods. I have no information on European countries, Asia Pacific countries- Any help would be much appreciated!!!

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  1. What about Dean and Deluca in the US?
    In Paris, you can count "La Grande Epicerie" (of Le Bon Marché) and "Lafayette Gourmet". Maybe Fauchon and Hédiard may be stated as well.

      1. re: Gio

        In London, Harrod's Food Hall, definitely qualifies. Also, Fortnum & Mason.

        In New York, add Zabar's to the list.

        You didn't say what exactly is the focus of your paper, but if you'd like to look at a local gourmet chain that recently failed, try Larry's Markets in Seattle. When they started, they were the only game in town for high-end brands and specialty items. Competition from specialty stores and other upmarket grocery chains like Whole Foods and Metropolitan Markets just seemed to sneak up on them, and they didn't keep their edge. They went bankrupt and sold off the stores (several to Metropolitan Markets, others to chains with an ethnic focus more appropriate to their changing neighborhoods) last year. Seattle is full of foodies, but somehow Larry's just missed the boat in keeping their business.

      2. KaDeWe or Kaufhof des Westens in Berlin

          1. i'd disagree about trader joe's. one of their marketing tenets is rock bottom prices.

            1. when i lived in munich, i absolutely hated the supermarkets, considered them substandard and refused to patronize them, prefering instead my local greengrocer, butcher, baker and so forth. but on the other hand, i loved kafer and dallmayr, which were both uber high end and great places to shop and nosh. some people might find them a bit touristy, and they're right but they are worth a look see. i've been back in the us for 18 months so not quite sure what has opened since then.

              i live in new jersey now and we have a great supermarket called wegman's up the street.

              in nyc, i love dean & deluca, which did not fly when they tried to open in philly about eight or ten years ago. i also love balducci's and zabar's.

              i am not a trader joe's fan. my friends are wild about it but as far as i am concerned there are only so many endcaps of kashi go-lean i can take. i'd rather go to my local specialty shops than buy frozen scallops, salmon, reggiano, etc., from trader joe's. just my two cents. i know it's not a popular opinion!

              good luck with your project. it would be great if you reported back to us.

              new jersey!

                1. Check out jungle Jim's in Ohio, just on the north side of Cincinnati, www.junglejims.com
                  The place is truly amazing. Oh and for London, I'd add Selfridge's food halls to the list too. not as glamorous as Harrods but very good none the less.

                  1. The basement of Mitsukoshi in Tokyo, Nihonbashi.

                    Fauchon, Paris.

                    1. Lambersky,

                      The correct spelling is Pusateri's. In Vancouver, there is Meinhardt's, Urban Fare and Caper's (like Whole Foods), and Whole Foods. Good luck with your project.

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                      1. re: sherry f

                        The stores I have been to (US, Canada, Europe) the onse that are "tops" are:
                        Peck in Milan (http://www.peck.it/
                        )KaDeWe in Berlin (http://www.kadewe-berlin.de/og6_engl.php
                        )Meinl am Graben in Vienna (http://www.meinlamgraben.at/meinl.aspx


                        There is apparently a number of v. good food stores in Moscow but I have not had a chance to see them in person....

                        By the way....Meinhardt's, Urban Fare, Caper's and Whole Foods in Vancouver are not in the same league...they are better in terms of selection and quality that what is generally available in Vancouver but still a long shot from "High End".

                      2. Ostermalmshallen in Stockholm is amazing: http://www.saluhallen.com/

                        1. Did anyone mention Kowalski's in Minneapolis? The Woodbury branch makes my local Whole Foods look like a dump.


                          1. have you looked into uwajimaya? it's a great asian foods supermarket on the west coast.

                            1. I remember it was a huge deal when Carrefour opened in Poland...which I think is a French or Belgian chain. It was the first grocery chain to open there if memory serves me correctly. www.carrefour.com For Poland it was considered very high end, but not sure if that's the case throughout the rest of Europe, and I really have no clue how it's perceived in South America and Asia (it does have shops in both).

                              To add to the London list: Partridge's on Sloane Street. www.partridges.co.uk

                              To add to the US list, specifically Asian chains: Han Ah Reum (Korean chain of groceries), Mitsuwa (Japanese chain)

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                              1. re: ballulah

                                Carrefour's opening in Cali, Colombia, was a big deal. Their deli, wine, imported foods, and fresh fish sections were the first of their kind here. The other big national stores (Exito and La14) have had to respond with similar sections and offerings of their own. They first built far away in the south and more recently closer by in the north of the city.

                              2. New Seasons in Portland, OR would be another interesting addition. They would be similar to Whole Foods but with a more genuine emphasis on local than Whole Foods. Pretty progressive and interesting.