Are you looking for a taste of home while living in Washington, D.C.? We have put together a list of cultural food markets in our nation's capital to help out those of you who have been pining for familiar foods from home. As a continuation of our previous guides for New York and Los Angeles, we are now turning to the cultural food markets of Washington, D.C. to help you find what you need to prepare a great meal and ease homesickness all while on a budget!
Some of the most diverse cuisine in the world comes from the Asian continent, and the Asian population in D.C. has ensured that the food supply is well-represented. Find everything you need for Asian-themed recipes at these stores, from lotus root to fresh durian, all at amazing prices:
Hana Japanese Market – U Street Corridor
Eden Center – Falls Church, VA
A massive complex with tastes from all over Vietnam
Hanareum – Falls Church, VA, multiple locations
Large Korean/Asian grocery store with affordable prices
Apsara Gourmet Oriental Food Market – Herndon, VA
Great Wall Supermarket – Falls Church, VA
D.C. boasts the largest Ethiopian community outside of Ethiopia, and there are plenty of Ethiopian food options to prove it. You can find fluffy injera and meat spices to prepare at home, or if you are feeling lazy, you can find ready-made take-out by the experts.
Habesha Market – U Street Corridor
Dukem Restaurant – U Street Corridor
D.C.'s oldest continuously operated market with vendors from all over the world has been in business for over 200 years. You can find local and artisan specialties, as well as produce and goods from all over the world:
Eastern Market Grocery – Capitol Hill
Ginger and Spice Market – Alexandria, VA
Indian beer, wine, legumes and more!
India A-1 Grocery – Arlington, VA
Great selection of spices, rice, lentils and Indian snacks and products
The Italian Store – Arlington, VA
A Litteri – Morse Street
Bestway Supermercado – Multiple locations in the D.C .area
El Chaparral Meat Market – Arlington, VA
Calomiris Fruits and Vegetables - Capitol Hill
Homemade spanokopita and baklava
Lebanese Butcher and Market – Falls Church, VA
A restaurant and specialty meat grocery combined
Le Petit Corner Store - Georgetown
Homemade Turkish delights and Turkish imports
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ani is a fan of exploring new places through photography and the local cuisine. After earning her BFA in photography from NYU and gaining communications experience at International Planned Parenthood Federation, she joined InterExchange in 2012, and worked as the Marketing Producer until 2016.