A World of Options: Worcester's International Marketplaces

Posted: May 30, 2017

If food is your universal language, then it’s time to let Worcester’s ethnic market speak to you. A 2015 report by the Seven Hills Foundation found: “Foreign-born entrepreneurs account for 37 percent of all business owners in Worcester, double the statewide rate. Historically, immigrant entrepreneurs are more likely to own neighborhood-based businesses such as restaurants, groceries, and retail stores.” We are eternally grateful for the prevalence of international food in our city as well as the business owners who have opened our window to the outside world. 

Ed Hyder's is your your local source for the highest quality foods and ingredients from around the world.

Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Marketplace

Ed Hyder’s has provided the finest imported and domestic wines for four generations in addition to boasting one of the best cheese selections in the city. This week, pick up the Twig Farm Crawford (cow, grassy, tangy) or Lazy Lady Sweet Emotions (cow/goat, bloomy, silky.) Aside from his famous Hoomus, Chef Nick offers irresistible weekly specials like the Lebanese style Lamb Meatballs with Halloumi Cheese and his Sriracha, Ginger, and Lime flavored Pork skewers. 

Bahnan’s International Marketplace

Bahnan’s has operated under the mantra “come as a customer, leave as a friend,” since it opened in 1979. Feta, olives, triangle, and open pies are easy to grab and go. Or, stop in for a quick plate of Shawarma and Kibbeh. If you’re lucky enough to catch Bahnan’s on a ‘millfei’ day, do not hesitate to order a helping of what promises to be a life changing dessert. 

Binh An Market

Binh An Market on Green Street is your destination for Asian produce a well as Vietnamese and Korean staples that can prove difficult to find at larger markets. Whether you’re looking for fresh fish, jackfruit, or thai eggplant, Binh An will meet your needs with prices that are more than fair. Take advantage of the prepared foods section which features steam buns and a variety of tofu dishes for your enjoyment.

Al Anwar Market

Al Anwar is a new Iraqi market that just opened its doors on Water Street. The shelves are well stocked with sweets, spices, and stuffed pickles. Al Anwar has everything you need for traditional bread baking or falafel making. Explore the exotic selections and pledge to try something new.

The world is literally at Worcester’s fingertips!

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