LIST: International Marts for Your Next Trip to the Grocery
The Philippines has always embraced and welcomed diversity in many forms—the affinity for such is apparent especially when looking at the influx of people from different parts of the globe who chose to live in the country.
For this matter, specialty grocery stores have acquired their own spaces to serve the diverse community around Metro Manila. It’s worth noting that these specialty stores are not limited to just Asian brands.
If you need Japanese snacks or some Indian spices for your special meals, we got you covered! Here’s a quick guide to some of the Metro’s International marts that you can use for your next trip to the grocery:
McAsia Foodtrade Corporation
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Founded in 2012, the McAsia Foodtrade Corporation is one of the major suppliers of Asian (dry/frozen) food items, kitchen utensils, industrial cookware, and commercial kitchens. They carry items from countries such as Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
To date, they have been wholesaling to restaurants, hotels, caterers, and grocery stores in the Philippines.
Address: 158 Apo St., Sta. Mesa Heights, Brgy. Maharlika, Quezon City
Contact: 02-8251-3625 / 02-8252-0439 / 02-8252-0441 / 02-8252-0451
Operating Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Sat.)
Teppen Korean and Japanese Grocery Store
Teppen Korean and Japanese Grocery Store offers imported products from Japan and Korea. The products that they carry range from condiments and chocolates to canned goods and cooking ingredients. This is the ideal grocery store to visit if you’re fond of making Japanese and Korean dishes or if you’re looking to stock up on goods.
This place is your best bet to find ingredients that can easily mimic the flavors that are exclusive to the said cuisines. It’s also noteworthy that Teppen houses raw udon and eggs that can be eating without being cooked!
Address: 2153 Don Chino Roces Ave. cor. Herrera St., Makati City.
Contact: 02-8553-4673 / 02-8808-1140
Operating Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Sat. and Sun.)
New Hatchin Japanese Grocery
While its mostly known for serving authentic takoyaki, salmon, and sashimi—the New Hatchin Japanese Grocery also houses deli treats and goods like vegetable tempura, sweet egg, and seaweed among others. They also distribute products to various supermarkets, restaurants, and households.
Address: 7602 Sacred Heart St., cor. Metropolitan Ave., San Antonio Village, Makati City
Operating Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Kobeya Japanese Food Mart
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The Kobeya Japanese Food Mart offers a variety of fresh and quality Japanese products. It’s the ideal place to find your favorite Japanese meat products, seasonings, liquors, noodles, seafood, vegetables, and snacks. They also offer Asian and Italian seasoning products that you can use to spice up your dishes.
Address: G/F 1 Juno cor. Makati Ave., Bel-Air, Makati City
Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Yamazaki Ramen House & Grocery
This grocery in Little Tokyo is frequented by locals and foreigners alike primarily because it has almost everything from treats such as candies, snacks, and instant noodles to condiments, frozen food, and personal care items that are not usually available in regular supermarkets.
It’s also worth noting that the grocery has its in-house restaurant called the Hoka Hoka Bento Ramen Shop that serves affordable and filling dishes.
Address: Little Tokyo, Chino Roces Ave., Legazpi Village, Makati City
Operating Hours: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Other Japanese Grocery Stores
Darumaya Japanese Foods Center
Address: Plaza #5 Cartimar Shopping Center, Cartimar Ave., Pasay City
Contact: 02-8831-8382 / 0995-449-7081 / 0923-698-9259
Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.); 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sun.)
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Asuka Japanese Grocery
Address: Unit 7, Cartimar Plaza, Cartimar Ave., Pasay City
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.); 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sun.)
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Founded in 2015, Euro Rich is a European ingredient company that is a one-stop place to get the freshest supply of European ingredients such as canned tomatoes, pasta, olive oil, and truffle oil. At Euro Rich, authenticity and product quality are guaranteed as their products are directly imported from Italy and Spain.
Euro Rich is mainly a wholesale supplier but they also accept single purchases for those who are looking to try their products.
Address: #156 Speaker Perez St., cor. Alcaraz, Brgy. Maharlika, Quezon City
Contact: 02-8252-0316 / 0917-871-5995
Business hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.)
No Brand is a Korean grocery store that first opened in Korea in 2015. Its Philippine branch is its first overseas venture that caters to most of what the public loves about K-Culture which includes home goods, beauty and personal care products, and snacks.
Address: Level 2 Robinsons Galleria, Edsa cor, Ortigas Ave., Quezon City
Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Other Korean Grocery Stores
Address: G/F, The Fort Strip, 28th St., Bonifacio Global City, The Fort
Hours: Open 24/7
ASSI Fresh Plaza
Address: 4th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Hours: Open 24/7
Bee Tin Grocery
Bee Tin Grocery specializes in Chinese and Asian products such as spices and seasonings, dried fruits, and other vegetables. Drop by this grocery if you’re looking to score authentic Korean ingredients without having to go through the struggle of ordering from overseas.
Address: #735 Ongpin St., Brgy. 295 Zone 028, District III, Binondo, Manila
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Other Chinese Grocery Stores
Address: 2F-6 7th Ave., cor. 25th St. & Federation Dr., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Address: G/F The Beacon-Roces Tower, Arnaiz Ave. cor. Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City
Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Assad Mini Mart
Assad Mini Mart is one of the metro’s most well-known Indian grocers that primarily offers a variety of Indian ingredients, snacks, cosmetics, and even incense. Further, the store also carries Indian spices that are normally hard to find.
Address: 31 Timog Ave., Diliman, Quezon City
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (closed every Sun.)
Other Indian Grocery Stores
Mustafa Mini Mart
Address: Store #5, Paseo de Magallanes, Makati City
Contact: 0917-814-3447 / 0965-540-5913
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Anmol Indian Grocery
Address: 7819 Makati Ave., Makati City
Hours: 9 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
TPE Market Place
Image grabbed from TPE’s official Facebook page
The TPE Market Place is located just a stone’s throw away from the Makati Medical Center. The market sells products that are of Taiwanese root but they also carry various Japanese food and goods. The market, aside from its grocery store, also features a mini Chinese delicatessen inside which will treat you to an Asian-flavor voyage.
Address: Jaka Center, 2111 Chino Roces Ave. cor. Urban Ave., Makati City
Hours: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Image grabbed from Hummus Elijah’s official Facebook page
Hummus Elijah aims to bring Mediterranean cuisine to the shores of the Philippines. Everything that you’ll find at the store mirrors the Mediterranean culture and brings the flavors exclusive to it. The store is dedicated to uplifting the health of their customers which is why their offerings both at the grocery and the restaurant all lean towards nourishing one’s overall well-being.
Address: 7850 Makati Ave., Makati City
Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Mon. to Fri.); open 24 hours (Fri and Sat)
Image grabbed from Aldimashqi Grocery’s official Facebook page
Aldimashqi Grocery offers Arabic food and goods that include a variety of spices, Basmati rice, perfume, beauty products, and even hookah and shisha. It’s also worth noting that their products are readily available for online purchases which makes their products more accessible if you can’t personally drop by the store.
Address: The Grand Towers Manila, 790 Pablo Ocampo St., Malate, Manila
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
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