A traditional Polish grocer and Deli.
Recommended for their range of Egyptian and Middle Eastrern groceries. It is tiny, crowded and offers specifically Egyptian ingredients - tinned ful, frozen molokhia and plenty of spices, nuts and vinegary pickled vegetables. It also has hubbly bubblies.
The aristocrat of Egyptian food shops is undoubtedly Green Valley, which offers molokhia, tinned or dried ful, Egyptian ghee, tahina, spices and mouth-watering Middle Eastern pastries. It also has pigeon freshly flown in.
The Egyptian-run Greenfields, which comes recommended by the Egyptian embassy, has the cheapest molokhia in London, fresh (it all looks rather like mint leaves), frozen or tinned, and all the other essential ingredients.
A friendly family-run institution, Suroor is the place to seek out authentic Iraqi ingredients. An impressive collection of fruit, herb and flower waters includes the rare ‘seven herbs’, as well as jasmine and bitter orange. It can be a bit difficult to get to, but it’s worth the trip for other essential Iraqi products such as dried barberries (used as a spice) and dried lime powder.
This family-run delicatessen offers a vast range of dried pastas to boxes of biscotti and jars of sundried tomatoes and marinated artichokes. Luckily, owners Antonio and Elena are both charmingly helpful, to both confused locals and Italian regulars who stop by for the buffalo mozzarella, charcuterie, freshly baked breads and properly strong Italian espressos.
This small, well-stocked shop has all the things you need for a great Thai meal. Fresh fruit and vegetables are imported from Thailand, so you’ll be able to buy hard-to-find delights such as mangosteens, the ‘queen of fruits’, as well as essential ingredients such as kaffir lime leaves and Asian holy basil. There is a huge range of curry pastes as well as a comprehensive selection of noodles, rice and seasonings.
This well-stocked Ethiopian food shop specialises in freshly milled flour – including rice, millet and maize flour – used for making traditional breads such as the soft, slightly sour injera flatbread. You’ll also find Ethiopian coffee and more unusual ingredients such as ‘grains of paradise’ (a pungent and peppery West African spice). A good buy is the aged spice butter, ideal for flavouring stews.
Thisis one of the few places in London where you can find freekeh, a roasted young green wheat. A range of products from all over the Mediterranean feature on the shelves, from Lebanon, Greece, Turkey and Italy. However, it’s the halal butcher that shines the most – the offal and own-made sausages are worth the trip alone.
This popular Wembley Gujarati local has buckets of moreish, freshly made pickles all sold by weight. Rare herbs and spices, hard to find elsewhere in London, are in abundance, such as cobra saffron, soapnuts, and mango-ginger.