Ethnic Supermarkets in and around London, especially South
Hi. I just moved to Croydon from NYC. I am looking for various ethnic markets in and around London, even better if closer to Croydon.
I am interested in Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, and Middle Eastern/Lebanese ingredients, particularly fresh vegetables, herbs, spices, noodles, rice balls, etc.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
indian/bangladesh/pakistani-brick lane/whitechapel area e1 is the postcode' loads of asian supermarkets there, very cheap.
caribbean- brixton sw9
turkish-dalston or green lanes e9, n16 postcodes
lebanese/middle eastern- edgware rd w2
chinese-gerrard st wc1
please let me know if you need any more info!
If you are also interested in food, desserts and vegetables from the Indian sub-continent, Tooting is good, and not too far from Croydon.
A bit furhter away, Talad Thai in Putney is worth a visit.
For middle eastern you'll need to go to Peckham for Persepolis - a lovely shop - or to Golborne Road - a long way from Croydon, but fun.
One of the best Chinese supermarkets in the London area (it's huge) is right in Croydon - Wing Yip. It also has Japanese and Thai things, too. Their restaurant has excellent Cantonese food - closest thing I've found to what's common in NYC.
I live a bit south of there so can't help much with the other cuisines. There is a large Korean population in New Maldon, which isn't too far if you have a car.
Welcome to London.