Where To Shop For International Groceries In Charlotte

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Charlotte's Growing International Community


Charlotte's ever-growing international community has resulted in a growing demand for stores where you can buy various ethnic foods and ingredients. These days you can find Asian, Caribbean, African, European, Indian, grocery stores all around the Charlotte area. So if you've thought Charlotte is only about grits and barbecue, think again.


Since 2000, Greater Charlotte's foreign-born population has grown by more than 118%. Today, one in six residents of Mecklenburg County (where Charlotte is located) is foreign-born. More than 230,000 foreign-born people live in the Charlotte metro area and approximately 23% of residents speak a non-English language.


Five countries account for 47% of Charlotte area's foreign-born population -- Mexico, India, Viet Nam, El Salvador, Honduras. India has become the second largest source of foreign-born residents, having grown an astounding 451% between 2000 and 2016. 14% of the Greater Charlotte's residents are Hispanic; 7% are Asian.


1,000+ companies from 45 countries are based or headquartered in the Greater Charlotte area, employing over 82,000 people. German firms account for 217 of these companies, employing over 22,000 people. And then there are some 600 firms that are Chinese, Japanese, British, French and Italian.


No doubt about it... Charlotte has become a major global hub in the past 20 years. The influx of immigrants and foreign-born residents has led to the rise of ethnic markets where people could find familiar foods,  as well as where adventurous Charlotteans could explore new cuisines.



"How a people eats is one of the most powerful ways they have to express, and preserve, their cultural identity...To make food choices more scientific is to empty them of their ethnic content and history."

...Harvey Levenstein 




Where To Shop For International Groceries In Charlotte


International grocery shopping in the Charlotte area is getting easier all the time. We see new stores popping up each year and you don't have to travel far to find ethnic foods. Here's a partial list of where to shop in and around the Charlotte area.    


Asian Grocery Stores In Charlotte


  • International Supermarket located in the Asian Corner Mall at 4520 N Tryon Street in Charlotte.

  • Han's Oriental Foods & Gifts located in the Fullwood Plaza Shopping Center at 11229 E Independence Avenue in Matthews, specializing in Korean food.

  • Anh Dao Sakura Oriental Market located 4325 South Boulevard in Charlotte, specializing in Vietnamese food.

  • New Asia Market located at 4400 Potter Road in Stallings.

  • Asian Market located at 4430 The Plaza in Charlotte.



Indian Grocery Stores In Charlotte


  • Around The World Market located at 6514 N Tryon Street in Charlotte, also offering British, Thai, and African food items.

  • Suvidha International Market located at 10008 University Boulevard in Charlotte, specializing in Indian and Pakistani food items.

  • India Grocers located at 509 N Polk Street in Pineville and at 8215F University City Boulevard in Charlotte.

  • Central Market Charlotte located at 6413 Albemarle Road in Charlotte, specializing in Indian and Nepali food items.



African/Caribbean Grocery Stores In Charlotte


  • Charlotte Market International located at 4740 Old Pineville Road in Charlotte, specializing in West African and Caribbean food items.

  • Sierra International Market located at 1125 E Sugar Creek Road in Charlotte.

  • Jamiles Cuisine & Grocery Store located in the Plaza Central Shopping Center at 4808 G&H Central Avenue in Charlotte, specializing in East African food items.

  • South African Food Shop located in the Fullwood Plaza Shopping Center at 11229 E Independence Boulevard in Matthews, specializing in South African food items.

  • Island Grocery located at 5861 Albemarle Road in Charlotte (includes a Caribbean restaurant as well as grocery).



European Grocery Stores In Charlotte


  • A&A International Foods located at 1636 Sardis Road in Charlotte. Specializing in Russian, Central and East European foods, A&A is the oldest European store in the Charlotte region.

  • Zygma European Groceries & Deli located at 212 N Polk Street in Pineville, specializing in Polish and German food items.

  • European Market located at 9792 Charlotte Highway in Indian Land, SC, specializing in food items from 25 countries including Poland, Greece, England, Italy, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, Latvia, France, Austria, Armenia, and more.

  • Pasta & Provisions located at 1828 Providence Road in Charlotte, specializing in Italian foods and delicacies in addition to its popular fresh pasta.

  • Agora Greek Market located at 5122 E Independence Boulevard in Charlotte.



Hispanic Grocery Stores In Charlotte


  • La Adelita Tienda located at 5316 South Boulevard in Charlotte, specializing in Mexican foods.

  • Supermercado El Ray located at 6300 South Boulevard in Charlotte (Suite 200B).

  • La Unica Super Center Internacional located at 5323 E Independence Avenue in Charlotte.

South American Grocery Stores In Charlotte

  • Supermercado Brasileiro Taste of Brazil located at 10915-Suite C Monroe Road in Matthews. 

  • A Brazilian Place located at 7201 E Independence Boulevard in Charlotte.

  • Tropical Bakery located at  11100 Monroe Rd E in Matthews.




Middle Eastern Grocery Stores In Charlotte


  • Halal International located at 3120 N Sharon Amity Avenue in Charlotte.

  • Zaytuna Halal Market located at 10227B University City Boulevard in Charlotte.

  • Yafa Halal Market located at 10703 Park Road in Charlotte.

  • Cedars Specialty Grocers & Restaurant located at 4832 Central Avenue in Charlotte.

  • Alasam Market located at 10901 #104 University Boulevard in Charlotte.



Kosher Grocery Stores In Charlotte


  • Gleiberman's Gourmet/Kosher Market located in the Galleria Shopping Center at 1816-G Galleria Boulevard in Charlotte.



"Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go." 

... Anthony Bourdain



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Comments (47)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Ron and Alexandra Seigel hi Alexandra... I've never seen pelmeni at Trader Joe's here in Charlotte. Interestingly, when I used to buy them in Queens in New York, they were always frozen... but very good once cooked. In St Petersburg, 90% of what's sold is also frozen. I personally make nothing of this sort myself... too time consuming and no one here eats them but me.

Feb 24, 2021 09:07 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I didn't realize how diverce a selection of food choices Charlotte provides. I would be in heaven Nina Hollander 

Feb 24, 2021 11:36 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Nina- what a wonderful post to share with your community. So many of us are experimenting with international dishes in our own kitchens, these international groceries serve all of us. 

Feb 24, 2021 11:45 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nina this is good information.  I try to make myself familiar with all the places I can get Portuguese food and supplies.

Feb 24, 2021 12:12 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS hi Paul... and this is just a partial list of the ethnic grocery stores we have. Add on all the ethnic restaurants and foodies can be in hog heaven!

Feb 24, 2021 01:18 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... increasingly, our Harris Teeter stores are expanding their selection of international foods, but those are still more "generic" items. For the real thing and for spices you have to hit up the actual grocery stores that specialize.

Feb 24, 2021 01:19 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

George Souto hi George... we actually have some very well respected Porguguese bakeries and restaurants in the Charlotte area. The  Supermercardo Brasileiro Taste of Brazil is in Matthews and I understand their people also speak Portugese, but it's more Brazilian than pure Portuguese. Couldn't say if that's close enough.


Feb 24, 2021 01:25 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Nina.

We have several of those in our area.  It is usually limited to three different ones, but they are here.  Of course, we don't have the same amount of people that you do.....

Feb 25, 2021 12:25 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander - nice post about what Charlotte has done for the International Community. Texas is very similar too. I like that Charlotte still has it's southern charm and very welcoming too. 

Feb 25, 2021 02:35 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Nina Hollander - no doubt any nationality or ethnicity can find what is familer to them in Charlotte.

Feb 25, 2021 03:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

James Dray good morning, James.... that's to be expected... as Charlotte grew and as her international population grew, so have stores and restaurants grown around that population.

Feb 25, 2021 04:40 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP hi Patricia... one nice thing about how Charlotte has grown is that while the region has grown quickly it has retained much of its old southern charm and manners.

Feb 25, 2021 04:41 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Grant Schneider good morning, Grant... you might just be right... of course, there are some ethnicities that are still so small you need to be in the "in" to know where to go.

Feb 25, 2021 04:42 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is such a great post and I have to admit that I would not be able to guide people to these places in my area.  I do very little shopping myself, so that is one area that I am not a good guide for, haha.

Feb 25, 2021 04:57 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Brian England hi Brian... I've always found it important to know about places that people might ask about. Some years ago I was working with an Orthodox Jewish family moving from New Jersey... they really needed to know where to buy kosher food products.

Feb 25, 2021 05:21 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a terrific resource, Nina, whether someone was born internationally or not. That's quite a bit of diversity.


Feb 27, 2021 06:03 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jeff Dowler, CRS thanks, Jeff... and this was only scratching the surface... if I listed all the places to buy foreign foods I'd still be writing this post! Happy Sunday!

Feb 28, 2021 05:35 AM
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I love this post.  It is so exciting to be able to explore different cultures and different foods.  My wife has Saag Paneer (spinach and cheese) in our crock pot right now.  We have a small Indian market in Elk Grove that we love to visit and get interesting products, like the Paneer.  This post will be great for those that love to explore. 

                                 Saag Paneer

Mar 14, 2021 12:38 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

There is a really good feeling about going into international grocery stores and having so much to choose from! :

Mar 14, 2021 09:46 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

A good international grocery store is worth their weight in gold.  I am fortunate to have KP (Koreana) International Market near my home.  They have wonderful fresh produce, fish, meat, and spices and other products from all over the globe!

Mar 21, 2021 01:49 AM

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