27 Specialty Grocers and Markets in Cincinnati You Should Have Visited By Now

The Greater Cincinnati area is home to dozens of international markets and specialty grocers offering products for every kind of meal. Many of these markets have been serving the neighborhoods around Cincinnati for decades. Whether you're looking for something unique, in need of something for specific dietary restrictions, craving a taste of home or want to try diving into the cuisine of a different country or culture, you won't regret adding these markets to your shopping routine.
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La Mexicana Restaurante Cantina & Tienda
642 Monmouth St., Newport, Kentucky
La Mexicana is a market and taqueria in one. No-frills in décor or any websites, but all serious with the cuisine, La Mexicana is thought to be one of the most authentic Mexican restaurants in the area. From asada to bistec to milanesa, they've got the meats, but they also serve up a host of veggie options.

La Mexicana Restaurante Cantina & Tienda

642 Monmouth St., Newport, Kentucky
La Mexicana is a market and taqueria in one. No-frills in décor or any websites, but all serious with the cuisine, La Mexicana is thought to be one of the most authentic Mexican restaurants in the area. From asada to bistec to milanesa, they've got the meats, but they also serve up a host of veggie options.
Dean's Mediterranean Imports
108 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine
Dean’s Mediterranean Imports is packed so full of wonderful tastes, smells and textures that it’s hard to fit more than a few folks at a time inside the store’s narrow aisles. Maybe you’ve seen bags of their awesome roasted nuts at bars around town. Maybe you’re a regular patron drawn by the aromatic wall of hard-to-find spices behind the counter. Or heck, maybe you just like dropping by to chat with Dean and his daughters, the charming folks who run this one-of-a-kind gem. Whatever the reason, this Mediterranean shop is the perfect place to pick up Mediterranean spices and Dean’s own unique blends. Dean's owner Kate Zaidan recently announced they would be opening a new location in Northside in the summer of 2023.

Dean's Mediterranean Imports

108 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine
Dean’s Mediterranean Imports is packed so full of wonderful tastes, smells and textures that it’s hard to fit more than a few folks at a time inside the store’s narrow aisles. Maybe you’ve seen bags of their awesome roasted nuts at bars around town. Maybe you’re a regular patron drawn by the aromatic wall of hard-to-find spices behind the counter. Or heck, maybe you just like dropping by to chat with Dean and his daughters, the charming folks who run this one-of-a-kind gem. Whatever the reason, this Mediterranean shop is the perfect place to pick up Mediterranean spices and Dean’s own unique blends. Dean's owner Kate Zaidan recently announced they would be opening a new location in Northside in the summer of 2023.
Happy Asian Mart
355 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights
This little market may be small, but it's stocked with the essentials, including cheap produce and a wide array of imported goods. Open since 2014, Happy Asian Mart focuses on providing customers with fresh food.

Happy Asian Mart

355 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights
This little market may be small, but it's stocked with the essentials, including cheap produce and a wide array of imported goods. Open since 2014, Happy Asian Mart focuses on providing customers with fresh food.
The Rhined
1737 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
The Rhined is a little cheese shop located across from Findlay Market. It's great for grab-and-go goodies, but also features indoor seats and a seasonal outdoor patio. Guests can choose from assorted cheese board options or from a variety of snacks, including a sandwich menu. And the lovely staff can not only recommend a particular cheese based on your preferences, but a perfect wine pairing, too.

The Rhined

1737 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
The Rhined is a little cheese shop located across from Findlay Market. It's great for grab-and-go goodies, but also features indoor seats and a seasonal outdoor patio. Guests can choose from assorted cheese board options or from a variety of snacks, including a sandwich menu. And the lovely staff can not only recommend a particular cheese based on your preferences, but a perfect wine pairing, too.
Al-Madina Market and Grill
6 W. Corry St., Clifton
This grocery-plus-restaurant boasts a humble yet comprehensive selection of Middle Eastern staples alongside its open kitchen. The chicken shawarma is lauded by savvy students from nearby University of Cincinnati's campus. Paired with the spicy garlic potato side dish, this chicken shawarma is a formidably flavorful meal.
Photo: Paige Deglow

Al-Madina Market and Grill

6 W. Corry St., Clifton
This grocery-plus-restaurant boasts a humble yet comprehensive selection of Middle Eastern staples alongside its open kitchen. The chicken shawarma is lauded by savvy students from nearby University of Cincinnati's campus. Paired with the spicy garlic potato side dish, this chicken shawarma is a formidably flavorful meal.
Saigon Market
119 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine
One of the first Asian grocery stores in Cincinnati was Saigon Market. Beyond the reddish orange exterior at the Findlay Market storefront are tall shelves holding products from Vietnam, Thailand, China and more. The parents of the store's current owner, Nghiep Ho, immigrated from Vietnam in 1976 and started their business the same year.
Photo: Lauren Moretto

Saigon Market

119 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine
One of the first Asian grocery stores in Cincinnati was Saigon Market. Beyond the reddish orange exterior at the Findlay Market storefront are tall shelves holding products from Vietnam, Thailand, China and more. The parents of the store's current owner, Nghiep Ho, immigrated from Vietnam in 1976 and started their business the same year.
Taste on Elm
227 Elm St, Ludlow, Kentucky
Stop by Taste on Elm for a selection of locally produced wine, cheese, charcuterie, specialty foods and more. The items served in their market come from small businesses that create delicious offerings like Madisono’s gluten-free ice cream, American Spoon’s sauces, plus tons of specialty grains. They also have a dine-in and carry-out menu that features soups and sandwiches served on local Allez Bakery bread.

Taste on Elm

227 Elm St, Ludlow, Kentucky
Stop by Taste on Elm for a selection of locally produced wine, cheese, charcuterie, specialty foods and more. The items served in their market come from small businesses that create delicious offerings like Madisono’s gluten-free ice cream, American Spoon’s sauces, plus tons of specialty grains. They also have a dine-in and carry-out menu that features soups and sandwiches served on local Allez Bakery bread.
Avril-Bleh Meat Market & Deli
33 E. Court St., Downtown
This historic butcher shop has been serving Cincinnati homemade sausages, smoked meats and more since 1894. Avril-Bleh offers tons of varieties of sausages ranging from Irish bangers to Cajun chicken or smoked Polish kielbasa. The shop steers clear of additives or fillers and even use their own blend of all natural herbs, spices and seasoning. Find their metts on the menu at restaurants like Zip's, Senate and Moerlein Lager House or just grab one to go from the butcher shop.
Photo: Sami Stewart

Avril-Bleh Meat Market & Deli

33 E. Court St., Downtown
This historic butcher shop has been serving Cincinnati homemade sausages, smoked meats and more since 1894. Avril-Bleh offers tons of varieties of sausages ranging from Irish bangers to Cajun chicken or smoked Polish kielbasa. The shop steers clear of additives or fillers and even use their own blend of all natural herbs, spices and seasoning. Find their metts on the menu at restaurants like Zip's, Senate and Moerlein Lager House or just grab one to go from the butcher shop.
Sen by Kiki
1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Sen by Kiki is a fish and seafood butcher shop “focused on sustainably and responsibly caught seafood” that opened June 30. The name Sen translates to “fresh” in Japanese, which harkens to the shop's sashimi-grade seafood (meaning it can be eaten raw) and its oysters — some of which can be enjoyed at the connected oyster bar. Sen was brought to the market by chef Hideki Harada and will act as a branch of the Japanese restaurant Kiki College Hill, which he owns with his wife Yuko.
Photo: Maggy McDonel

Sen by Kiki

1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Sen by Kiki is a fish and seafood butcher shop “focused on sustainably and responsibly caught seafood” that opened June 30. The name Sen translates to “fresh” in Japanese, which harkens to the shop's sashimi-grade seafood (meaning it can be eaten raw) and its oysters — some of which can be enjoyed at the connected oyster bar. Sen was brought to the market by chef Hideki Harada and will act as a branch of the Japanese restaurant Kiki College Hill, which he owns with his wife Yuko.
Morsel & Nosh
4183 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Morsel & Nosh, located in Northside, is now open for folks to find a treasure trove of fine cheeses and cured meats. The shop features specialty groceries such as fresh produce and pantry items, and the deli offers grab-and-go soups, sandwiches and salads. Charcuterie and cheese boards are available as well as made-to-order dishes in Morsel & Nosh's kitchen. Food items are offered in various diets such as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.
Photo: Catie Viox

Morsel & Nosh

4183 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Morsel & Nosh, located in Northside, is now open for folks to find a treasure trove of fine cheeses and cured meats. The shop features specialty groceries such as fresh produce and pantry items, and the deli offers grab-and-go soups, sandwiches and salads. Charcuterie and cheese boards are available as well as made-to-order dishes in Morsel & Nosh's kitchen. Food items are offered in various diets such as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.