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African Market Directory: Where to Buy Food Locally



Are you looking for stores that sell online, or for wholesalers? Follow the links at the right to go to those pages.

When people move to a new and possibly strange country, the first thing they often miss is their food. If enough of a population group moves in, you will start to see grocery stores pop up carrying the vital ingredients that are needed to prepare the foods they know and love. What a joy it is to walk into a small grocer and find an aisle filled with palm oil, pounded yam, or garri. This experience is the same no matter what culture you are from.

On this page you will find local markets in several countries that sell African food products. Most of my listings come from recommendations by business owners and patrons. See the menu at the right for an easy reference to the listings on this page. Do you know of a great African market, or perhaps own one? Let me know using the "list your company" link.

Information on this page is provided by the companies listed or by their customers. Since I have not visited or done business with these markets myself, I make no claims or recommendations regarding their products or their services. These are merely listings, not referrals or recommendations.



Local Markets in Africa

Finally, my first listing of a local African food store in Africa. I feel like this site has come full circle.

Spicy Delites
1a City Way Shopping Complex
Yaba, Nigeria (Yaba bus- stop opposite Yaba Presbyterian church)
Tel: +234(01)8712088, +2348035364400
eventdelites@yahoo.com
We sell and supply foodstuff and spices. Our products are naturally processed and packaged in clean and hygienic environment. Our prices are very affordable. Our products include shrimps (could be ground), hot pepper, cameron pepper, melon seeds (egusi), pepper soup, spices, suya spices, ogbono, achi, garri, ijebu, urah, plaintain flour, elubo (white or brown), groundnuts, groundnut sauce, snails, smoked fish, dried vegetables such as ukazi and pumpkin, scent leaves such as nchawu, ugu, utazi and bitterleaf. Fresh vegetables are also available on request.

Local Markets in Australia

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Kumusha African Food and Gifts
2100 Logan Road, Upper Mount Gravatt
Brisbane, Australia, 4114
Phone: 07 3420 3422
Our goal is to bring all the popular foods from Kumusha to Australia and provide a friendly, family based store with great pricing and a central location.

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Springbok Delights
656 Mowbray Rd, Lane Cove West NSW 2066
P: 02 9427 5168
This South African butcher in Sydney, Australia has an amazing range of products. They are recommended by a patron who has been buying her meats and baked goods there for several years. You can also order online, either for delivery or to be picked up in-store.

Local Markets in Poland

There are currently no listings in Poland.

Local Markets in the United Kingdom

Friends
22 Plumstead Road
Woolwich
London
SE18 7BZ
Telephone: 0208 309 8202
Fax: 0208 854 7279
Mobile: 07943 47456
This is a family run shop which sells all kinds of West African food, especially Nigerian, Ghanian and Cameroonian. Some of their products are Ugo, scented leaf, bitter leaf and other vegetables, with a choice of fresh, frozen or dried. They also sell Nigerian and Ghanaian Milo, Nido, Peak, Indomie noodles, akam, custard, bournvita, and tolly boy rice.

Linal Food Store
Unit 2, 8 Roumelia Lane
Boscome, Bournemouth
Dorset, England
phone: 07920405275
dakoru2002@yahoo.com
We are a family business, newly started in the South of England. We provide both wholesale and retail of African and Caribbean foodstuffs. Our products include pounded yam flour, smoked fish, egusi, ogbono, ogi, ukazi leaves, ugwu, utazi, ackee, saltfish, callaloo, hot pepper sauces, jerk sauces and more.

D4 FOODS
Woolwich Market
Beresford Square
London SE18
or...
69 Austen Close
Thamesmead
London
SE28 8AY
E-mail: d4foods@hotmail.com
Specialises in wholesale and retail african raw foods, like gari, ijebu, elubo, palm oil, snails, agbo for different ailments, obi, orogbo, ogi and others.

Savannah-African Food Stores Ltd.
17 Church Road
Lawrence Hill, Redfield, Bristol
BS5 9JJ
07776324388 / 07950584569
A new African foods retail shop, the first in Bristol, selling all West, East and South African foods.

Zambezi Foods
Birmingham Store: Limpopo Foods, Birmingham, Great Britain
Phone: 0121 434 5253
Luton Store: Zambezi Foods, 76 Hightown Road, Luton, LU2 0BW, Great Britain
Phone: 01528 419 284
sales@zimfoods.co.uk
Zambezi Foods is Britains leading household name for Southern African soul food, beverages and memorilibia. Through consistently valuing our customers needs and demands we are now online delivering Africa`s finest foods straight to your doorstep.

Local Markets in Canada

Eat-Sum-More, Inc
7700 Bathurst Street, Unit #6
Thornhill, Ontario
L4J 7Y3
eatsummore@bellnet.ca
Located in Toronto, Canada, we are ex South Africans who help other ex South Africans who have a craving for their favourite South African foods fulfill their cravings.

Serengeti Specialty Foods
Serengeti Trading Outlet Northern BC
1840-1st Avenue
Prince George, BC
V2L 2Y9
Phone:250-277-8051 Fax: 250-562-2782
This market supplies top grade biltong, boerewors, dry sausages and other South African specialty foods to the Canadian market.

Local Markets in the United States




Alabama

Africanese LLC
226 18th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 324-7880

Choi's Oriental Food and Gifts
402 Jordan Lane
Huntsville, AL 35805
(256) 533-9118
A good selection of West African foods, including stock fish and bitter leaf.

Arizona

Ako International Market
1400 S. McClintock Dr. Ste.14
Tempe, AZ, USA
(480) 317-9000
We sell lots of african groceries, authentic clothing, arts + crafts, black cosmetics and beauty care, pre-paid phone cards,african movies on vhs, dvd and vcd,african music cd's. Including the following; kenkey(dokono), yams, fufu flour, rice flour, corndough, cassava dough, stockfish, fried fish, smoked fish, semolina, farina, maggi cube, spices, shito(black pepper sauce), plantains, palmoil, egusi, ogbono, ukazi, plantain chips, frozen snails, gari, dry shrimp, crayflish, ginger beer, malta, shea butter, dermovate, lemovate, black soap, mercy cream, wigs and Auntie Lizzie hair extensions.

California

African Hut
27601 Forbes Rd. Suite 20
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949)582-9546 Fax (949)582-5616
sales@africanhut.com
African Hut sells Southern African foods including beers, beverages, cereals, samosas, jams, wines and sweets. You can order online.

Brookside Grocery (Afrimart)
2085 23rd Street
San Pablo California 94606
(510)776-1916
This is an ethnic shop selling African and Caribbean foods.

Motherland African Foods Market
80 West Grand Ave. Suite 124
Corona, CA 92882
(951) 280-0222
This market is recommended by a patron. They sell all sorts of African foods including yams, palm oil, chin-chin, egusi and more. The owner's wife also has a hair and makeup business and does African styles and head-wraps (gele).

Tropical Foods African Market
(web site may be still under construction)
4511 Orange Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807
(562) 492-1129
tropicalfoods@yahoo.com
A wholesale and retail store of all African food items, imported from Africa. The items include Ukazi, bitterleaf, egusi, colanuts (goro and Igbo), bitter cola, Ugu (okongobong), crayfish, roasted peanuts, smoked fish, nzu (kalaba chalk), natural african black soap, Snails, stock fish, and various other products are available. We also carry African music and movies.

We Yone Foods Convenience Market
251 E. Baseline Road
Rialto, Ca 92376
(909) 879-0242
Specialize in all African, Caribbean and Central American foods. Come find us-we'll find whatever you are looking for.

Yinkus African and Caribbean Market
869 E. Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 798-5212
This market run by a Liberian woman offers many selections of African foods.

Connecticut

Kristodia Market
818 First Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
kristodia@live.com
This beautiful, well organised, well stocked African/Caribbean Market comes recommended by a patron.

Florida

Africa On The Bay
1908 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 374-9614
africaonthebay@yahoo.com
We are a wholesome African marketplace, providing a variety of products and services to the African and Caribbean communities in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Products include African and Caribbean food and grocery items such as meat, seafood and poultry, fresh produce from the farmer's market, latest African movies and music, health and beauty products, African attire and materials, African arts, and services such as money transfer, airline tickets and shipping services.

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Meal in a Pie - South African Groceries and Food
4440 NE 20th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33308
(954) 202-9178

Georgia

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Broadway Tropical Foods
3565 Austell Rd
Marietta, GA 30008
Broadway Tropical Foods is an Afro/Caribbean grocery store located in Austell/Marietta in Atlanta area. We provide you with fresh and best raw food directly from African and the Caribbeans. We also have original African movies as well as cosmetics.

Chez Nou Market
4015 Holcomb Bridge Road #640
Norcross, Georgia 30092
(770) 449-4114
manager@cheznousmarket.com
We are certified C.A.M and UNI-Transfer wire agents. We add minutes to cell phones in the Caribbean by the carrier 'Viola'. We sell West African food, beauty products and cooked food in a separate section in the store. Chelie (the owner) is from the Island of Haiti, her husband is from Mali and all our friends are a mixture of Ghanaians, Senegalese to Gambian. We enjoy every minute of serving the African community.

Sheba Foods
3420D East Ponce De Leon Ave.
(770) 982-1000
Sheba Foods is the first and only company with ready to eat African cuisine in major supermarkets, for example, Wal Mart and Whole Foods Market. Visit their gourmet store at the Georgia location listed above.

Illinois

Aboasa International Market
221 South Green Bay Road
Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: (888)205-4868 OR (847)596-2032
Fax: (847)599-1632
accentafrica@aol.com
Aboasa International Market is an authentic African store dealing in various African and Caribbean groceries, clothing and crafts. We also sell various electronics products including GMS phones for Africa and Europe at competitive prices. Visit our web site for more information. We ship throughout continental United States at reasonable prices.

Chika International Food Market
522 E Boughton Rd
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Phone: 630-739-7799
The store is well stocked with a variety of African food products and hard to find African Cosmetics. It has the largest line of Ghana products in Chicago. Also does money transfer to most African countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory coast and Sierra Leone.
Hours:Monday: 5pm-8pm, Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 8pm, Saturday: 10am to 7pm, Sunday: 11am to 5pm

Devine Food market, Inc.
4445 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 600640
(773) 334-7906 Fax: (773) 334-7917
anike.anthony@yahoo.com
We carry all African, Caribbean, Mexican and Jamaican food products. We are the source of hard-to-find African food products such as fresh kola nuts, bitter kola, alligator pepper, etc. We sell retail and wholesale.

Flo Tropical Foods
1652 Sibley Blvd.
Calumet City, IL 60409
708-730-1070
flotropical@aol.com

La Fruteria, Inc.
8909 S. Commercial Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60617
(773) 768-4969 Fax: (773) 768-0734
Email: sales@lafruteria.net
La Fruteria brings you the very best imported products for delicious tasting Caribbean, African, and Mexican foods. Experience real cooking with our imported authentic food ingredients-hundreds of products ready for your table.

Old World Market
5129 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 989-4440
Specializing in fresh, frozen, canned and dry West African and Carribean foods.

Riteprice African Food Market
2227 West Schaumburg road
Schaumburg, IL. 60194
Phone: (847)352-4951
riteprice@talkamerica.net
Serving African descendants in the heart of the northwest suburb of Chicago. They offer all types of African foods, both in retail and wholesales prices.

Kansas

African Tropical Market
901 N 7th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101
913-371-0061
This market is owned by Paul Abanishe, a Nigerian. Mr. Abanishe carries a large selection of East, Central and West African foods. He is fluent in Spanish and carries many Central and South American and Caribbean products. Mail orders shipped within 48 hours. Mr. Abanishe has been serving the Kansas City area since 1998.

Kentucky

ValuMarket Iroquois
5301 Mitscher Ave
Louisville, Kentucky 40214
phone:(502)361-9285
fax:(502)367-8552
iroquois@valumarkets.com
This is an international grocery store with over 200 authentic West African products.

Maryland

Sorry, there are no listings for Maryland at this time.

Massachusetts

Tropical Foods
2101 Washington St.
Roxbury, MA 02119
(617) 442-7439
This large market in Boston sells Caribbean, Spanish, West Indian and a number of African products. Here you can get your gari and egusi and do the rest of your weekly shopping as well. They carry palm oil, meats, fresh tropical produce, cosmetics and more. They plan to do online sales in their upcoming web site.

Mississippi

Ijaw Smoke Fish and Meats
51 Sunrise Lane
Silver City, MS 39166
ijawsmokefish@hotmail.com
(662)247-0881
We provide smoked fish to all of the African Stores around the United States. We sell all kinds of meats and fish, smoked just the way you want it. You set the smoke quality and we deliver great taste. All product are smoked slowly with the finest oak wood available. Call to order.

Phamega African Caribbean Market
4253 Robinson Road, Suite 102
Jackson, MS 39209
(601) 923-8787
We specialize in African and Caribbean groceries, international money transfer, African clothing, calling cards, beauty supplies, current African movies.

Missouri

African Depot
9944 West Florissant Ave (near the corner of Chambers Rd and W. Florissant)
St Louis MO 63136-1432
phone: (314) 868-9555 fax: (314) 867-2330
cell (314) 249-3176
Best source for African food items, art and clothing

Global Foods Market
Fine Imported Products from Around the World
421 N. Kirkwood Rd.
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Phone: (314) 835-1112 Fax: (314) 835-1113
This shop is open 7 days a week. It offers a good variety of international foods organized by country, with each section marked by that country's flag. Reports say this store is superclean and an exciting place to shop. It includes an American section.

Jay International Food Co.
3172 S. Grand Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118
Retail: (314)772-2552 Wholesale: (314)772-9393
This market is an excellent source of several kinds of West African and other exotic foods.

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WorldWide International Foods and African Market
8430 Olive Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63132
(314) 994-0229
This store sells African and Jamaican foods, phone cards, cosmetics, skin care, braiding supplies, African movies and more.

New Hampshire

Tropical Markets
58 Chestnut Street
Nashua, New Hampshire 03060
(603) 880-0270
This Spanish grocery carries many tropical foods such as yams, plantains, fruits, all sorts of dried peppers, dried shrimp, frozen tropical fruit purees, frozen yams (peeled and cut in chunks), banana leaves, and more.

Spanish and American Grocery Store
50 Whitney Street
Nashua, NH 03064
(603) 881-9531
Some of the tropical foods you'll find in this Spanish store are yams, plantains, chorizo, guava paste wrapped in banana leaves, and canned whole guavas in syrup.

New Jersey

3J's African Food Market
350 Route 33
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
(732) 807-4750
We specialize in African and tropical food products at affordable prices, all under one roof. We sell pounded yam, fresh yam, parboiled and basmati rice, garri, white and brown beans, smoked chicken, dry fish, fresh fish, blue fish, bitter leaves, melon seed (egunsi), Nido, Milo, British Heinz Baked Beans, original African and Christian DVDs, Tura Soap and Cream and Alafia bitters.

Ade International African Market
590 Central Ave
East Orange, NJ 07018
(973)674-3031 Fax: (973)674-2653
Herbs, medicine, food products, clothes, jewelry, shea butter, black soap, haitian products, religious articles and outfits, catering. They have some great Nigerian palm juice!

Calabash
45 Edison Place
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 643-7828 You can get just about any West African foods from this shop, including daddawa!

Makola African Market Imports
375 Lyons Ave. (Exeter Plaza)
Newark, NJ 07112
(973)926-3919 fax:(973)926-2520

U Save International foods, The African Market
266 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ
You can buy your egusi, stockfish and bitter leaves here, for a propa African meal that will make you remember your Mma's cooking.

New York

African Heritage Foods
D.B.A. Country Cottage Savories
PO Box 497
Jefferson Valley, NY 10535
(914) 228-1584

Almacenes Shango
661 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029
(212) 722-4275

Osa Adolor African Market
774 Lenox Road
Brooklyn, NY 11203
(718) 363-2148
Osa Adolor sells authentic African food supplies and ingredients, such as stock fish, cray fish, gari, ogbono, yam, kola nuts, bitter leaves, palm oil and more. They also sell African artwork, materal and clothing.

North Carolina

Eki African and Caribbean Market
1705 Ramsey St
Fayetteville, NC 28301
(910) 484-4278
Health and beauty products, Nigerian movies and music and an outstanding selection of African food.

A bowl filled with crunchy chin chin. Motherland Cuisine and Market
6024A The Plaza
Charlotte, N.C 28215
(704) 532-4279 cell (704) 236-5999
dollywey2000@yahoo.com
This combination market/restaurant is newly opened by the previous owners of Flapper International Market in Charlotte. They carry mostly African groceries and serve authentic African (West African) and continental dishes. They also claim to make the best CHIN-CHIN in U.S.A.! I think they might be right about this. I have had their chin-chin, and it's delicious. See the photo of their chin-chin to the right, and a description on my blog.

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Safarique
7945-106 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28262
(704)469-1095 / (704)340-3893
safarique@yahoo.com
This shop in Charlotte is recommended by Kenneth, a patron.

Sankofa International Market, Inc.
3209 Yanceyville Street
Greensboro, NC 27405
(336) 375-4111 Fax: (336) 375-6699
Email: Mariagbie@aol.com
This local market carries African and Caribbean food, arts and crafts.

The South African Food Shop
11229 East Independence Blvd.
Matthews, NC 28105, USA
(704) 849-2660
Retailers of traditional South African foods and grocery products in the USA.

North Dakota

African Market
1230 23rd St.
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 298-7909
e-mail: noahkpena@yahoo.com
Products include bottled red palm oil, powdered yams, and REAL fresh yams from Ghana.

Oklahoma

Ebute Metta Tropical Market
6930 South Lewis Avenue
Spectrum Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136
(918)495-1181
From meats and fresh produce to staple foods and spices, we offer a wide selection of African, Jamaican and Trinidadian foods to stock your pantry and satisfy your appetite. Please visit our website for more information.

R.K. Supermarket, Inc.
2328 N. MacArthur
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
Phone: (405) 946-1996 Fax: (405) 942-6916
This African market sells wholesale and retail products.

Oregon

African Food Market
1910 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217-4437
(503) 283-8585

Pennsylvania



ACI Market
79 North Progress Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17109
(717)540-1449 Fax: (717)540-1688
This market sells african foods and meats, clothings and treasures. They also help convert video to either ntsc or pal, and sell african movies.

The African Market
121 1/2 E. Beaver Ave
State College PA 16801
(814) 238-1938
Newly opened in November 2007, this market carries african groceries, fair trade art and decor, fabrics and movie rentals.

International Market
328 S. Allen Street
State College, PA 16801
(814)238-7679
This Chinese market run by Clara Wang has a little African corner where you can find foods such as dried fish, palm oil, egusi or ground pepper.

Royal International Food Market
1132 N George street
York, PA 17404
(717) 848-1764
This African and Caribean food market sells african foods and meats, clothing and treasures. We also rent and sell african movies.

South Carolina

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FHG African and International Foods
3160 Hwy 21N Suite 104
PMB #16, Fort Mill, SC 29715
(803)810-0505 or (803)389-8940
This store sells a wide variety of West African foods. See a list of products on their Facebook page. Great tasting food starts here!

Tennessee

Tropical Foods and Convenience Store
467 Bell Road
Nashville, TN 37013
(615) 366-3978
We provide the best services in town, with products ranging from bitter kola to dried fish/stockfish. We take pride in our cosmetic products, luggages, and movies straight from Nigeria. We also ship containments from here to Nigeria. Please come by during our hours from Mon- Sat 10-7pm , Sun 11-5pm.

Texas

Austin International Market
502 Pampa Drive
Austin, Texas 78752
512-453-5487
Supplies food mostly from Africa. Has fresh Kola Nuts almost all the time. Proprietor is from Nigeria. Directions: Pampa Drive is located just off Airport drive. From hwy 183 go south on Lamar. Take a right onto airport just before you get to the rail crossing. Pampa intersects airport from the left, just before a car dealership, and about 2 to 3 streets down. If you get to a shopping center on the left that has some oriental type shops you have gone about a block to far.

Choice Tropical LLC
10631 Harwin Drive, Suite 614
Houston, TX 77036
(281)809-0106
cell: (240)671-3492
lydia@choicetropical.com
Choice Tropical is a specialized wholesale merchant of quality organic African and Caribbean food. We carry over 60 products, including frozen and dried foods and oils. Our main products are red palm oil, frozen snails, ogbono (bush mango), frozen cassava fufu, atiieke, miondo, bobolo, frozen kittely, bitter leaves and other vegetables, smoked fish (Kini, Kuta, Bonga, etc.), banku mix, pap, togbogy oil, egusi, shea butter... and much more.

Classic Taste Harrisa
Trade Mart Kitchen
2100 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207
(800) 553-3784

Feista Mart
This large grocery chain sells palm oil, guavas, yams, plantains and other tropical foods.

Indo-European Market
Intersection of Park Row and Cooper in South Arlington
Lebanese and Indian foods, tropical fruits and vegetables.

Hong Kong Market
Visit them in Dallas or Arlington!
1816 East Pioneer Parkway
Arlington, TX 76010
(817)265-1488 Fax: (817)459-2345

9780 Walnut St. Suite 360
Dallas, TX. 75243
(972)437-9888 Fax: (972)231-9818

This Oriental market has an aisle dedicated to African foods. You can find egusi, bitter leaves, yams, tropical fruits, cassava, pounded yam mix and drinks.

Washington State

Buck's Fifth Avenue
Olympia, Washington 98501
360-352-9301 (Please leave message slowly.)
This market carries all nationalities of spices, ethnic cooking tools etc. Open since 1973, they will find and sell every imaginable spice.

J and B African Market
10327 3rd Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98168
(205) 915-5178
jpappoe@gmail.com or jamesp28@comcast.net
African food market, computer repair and sales, web design, movies, CDs, christian supplies, online phone cards, and moreā€¦!

Oriental Market
3919 E. Trent
Spokane, WA 99202
phone: (509) 535-3936
Afro/Caribbean foods, as well as Asian, Indian and Mediterranean groceries and sundries.

Valley Harvest International Market (2 locations)
23636 104th Ave. S.
Kent, WA 98031
Phone: (253) 856-9117

28855 Military Rd. S.
Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: (253) 839-4570

These markets specialize in fresh produce and ethnic foods of all types. They have recently begun selling African and Jamaican products.

Virginia / Washington DC

There are no listings right now for Virginia or Washington DC.

Wisconsin

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AfroFusion Cuisine
241 N Broadway (in the Broadway Gallery Building)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53202
AfroFusion offers an exclusive line of gluten free, organic, African spices and sauces. The owner, Yollande, also offers African cooking classes at her store, and you can buy her products and other African inspired home furnishings and fashions at her store or online.