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Ethiopian Groceries in TO?

j2brady Feb 4, 2008 02:37 AM

Hello all,

I am wondering if anyone can help me source some Ethiopian staples in and around the city.

I am not looking for particular items but just anything really.

Also, if you have a suggestion/recommendation for your favourite Ethiopian, please feel free to share!


  1. dinin and dishin Feb 10, 2008 12:19 PM

    In Jamestown (or is it St. Jamestown?) One block south of Bloor and one block east of Sherbourne there is a little grocery store there that has fresh injera (flat bread) in two different types. I think they service the local Ethiopian market, so they likely have other things as well. Their injera is very good and fresh.

    1. SherylKirby Feb 8, 2008 03:41 AM

      There's a place in Kensington Market, not sure of the name, it's on Baldwin Street in the old George Brown building on the north side, just west of Spadina. It's all Ethiopian spices. You'll need to know what you're looking for though, as none of it is labelled.

      As well, the Hasty Market at King & Dufferin carries a small amount of spices, coffee beans etc, and plenty of injera.

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        js288uk Feb 6, 2008 11:49 AM

        Desta Market - Danforth and Jones - groceries, ingera, fresh meat, and lately, some delish and unusual cooked food for take-out - I can recommend their beef dish and their sheep stomach.

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        1. re: js288uk
          hungry_pangolin Feb 7, 2008 05:21 AM

          What do they do with sheep stomach? I'm intrigued.

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          hungry_pangolin Feb 6, 2008 09:12 AM

          Kabul Farm at 242 Parliament St carries injera, and some other ingredients, and one I haven't yet visited, but which seems to be Ethiopian from the signage is Kullubi, at Parliament and Shuter.

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            piccola Feb 5, 2008 05:24 PM

            There are a couple Ethiopean stores in Bloor West Village. I don't know the names, but I've seen signs advertising fresh injera, etc, in the windows.

            1. laurelmcg Feb 4, 2008 09:13 AM

              I've seen a couple merchants at St. Lawrence market carry Berbere...of course I can't remember what they're called. One is a cheese/specialty item shop on the south-west side, right across from the vendor who sells all the kitchen supplies. Sheba on College is by FAR my fave and I've tried most Ethiopian places in the city. Great food and the owners are awesome!

              1. grandgourmand Feb 4, 2008 04:39 AM

                There's a place, I forget the name, on the south side of Gerrard, between Logan and Carlaw. Pretty much across the street from the Beer Store. They had raw coffee beans and a bunch of other stuff. Pretty sure it's ethiopian.

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                1. re: grandgourmand
                  singe Feb 4, 2008 06:09 AM

                  Yup, Arsema's on Gerrard is Ethiopian. There are a couple on the Danforth near Greenwood and on Queen E. near Parliament.

                  1. re: grandgourmand
                    DishyDiva Feb 10, 2008 11:36 AM

                    By chance, do you recall if they have berberre at Arsema's?


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