International Markets in Wake County

Wake County is home to a large presence of immigrants from all over the world. Because of this, the region is ripe with places to buy foods from different countries across the globe. Pictured above is the (going clockwise from the top left) the Grand Asia Market, the Tala Euro-Russian Mart, the Caspian International Food Mart, and the Carolina International Market. (Photos courtesy of Michael Beauregard and Ron W. of Yelp)



With a population of roughly one million, Wake County would understandably have a sizable international presence. According to the US Census Bureau, 12.9% of Wake County residents were born outside of the United States. Accordingly, there are quite a few places in the area where one can get food produced outside of the US, or at least based on recipes from abroad. Here are some places to buy such international foods in Wake County.


Tala Euro-Russian Mart  

Location: 5720 L Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27616

Regions Represented: Eastern Europe and Russia

The shelves at the Tala Euro-Russian Mart are stocked with goods from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and several other Eastern European/Ex-Soviet states. With goods ranging from daily-made Ukrainian rye bread, to pre-made borscht packets, to pickled herring, to wafer cookies, the Tala Euro-Russian Mart is in no short supply of good things to eat. You can see a selection of their products on their website.

Note: If you’re going to the store from the north, Google Maps will tell you to turn on Sumner Boulevard to get there. Don’t do this. Instead, continue straight on Capital, and do a U-turn at Oak Forest Drive, and then continue north on Capital Boulevard. The store will be on a shopping center to your right.


Caspian International Food
Location: 2909 Brentwood Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604

Regions Represented: Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East

Founded in 1994, Caspian International Food features a wide selection of food from Central Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The shelves are well stocked, and the owners of the store are very friendly.


Grand Asia Market

Location: 1253 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606

Regions Represented: Asia

Located just off of I-440, the Grand Asia Market is, as the name implies, where you can find an assortment of goods from throughout Asia. The store is absolutely massive, and covers everything you could ever want from a supermarket. While most of the food there would be commonplace in a typical American grocery store, some foods there are interestingly unique. Sea urchins, goat and duck meat, durians, and most things you could ever want pickled are available here, alongside traditional grocery store items.


Carolina International Mart

Location: 3605 Bastion Ln, Raleigh, NC 27604

Regions Represented: Africa, the Caribbean

Located off of Capital Boulevard, this small supermarket features a variety of products from Africa and the Caribbean. Some of the products inside include fufu (a type of African flour made from plantains and cassava), meats and seafood, a wide variety of spices, and fresh produce, among a wide variety of other foods.


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