Are you that person who wanders into a farmers market and swoons over the heirloom tomatoes? Do you love the idea of visiting a local fromagerie for a French artisan farmhouse sheep’s milk cheese? Are you intrigued by snack foods from Korea or a fresh loaf of borodinsky bread? Here in Boston, we love our specialty food shops! Check out these nine unique and tasty specialty food stores in the Boston area. Bon appétit!

American Provisions

613 East Broadway, South Boston
1971 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester

This pair of neighborhood shops is dedicated to connecting the community with real food and locally made treasures. American Provisions specializes in curating artisan cheeses, cured meats, natural wines, and craft beers. Oh, and a trip to these shops would not be complete without grabbing one of their spectacular handcrafted sandwiches!

Formaggio Kitchen

358 Huron Ave., Cambridge
94 Hampshire St., Cambridge
268 Shawmut Ave., Boston

Since 1978, Formaggio Kitchen has remained dedicated to discovering tastes from around the world and bringing them to their three Boston-area stores. Formaggio Kitchen’s mission is to bring a European shopping experience to their family of local stores. Best known for their expansive cheese selection, this shop also offers specialty items from sauces to chocolates to baking supplies to pastas.

H Mart

1028 Beacon St., Brookline
3 Old Concord Rd., Burlington
581 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
101 Falls Blvd., Quincy

With four Boston area locations — and dozens more across the country — H Mart is your local Asian food experience market. This authentic Asian market carries staples like soy sauce and fish sauce in addition to unique items like Korean ice cream and Japanese pickles. H Mart is the spot to explore the flavors of Asia!

Italian Kitchen

1071 Main St., Brockton

This Italian groceria is a dream for Italian food lovers. This neighborhood gem has been bringing Italian tradition and family cooking to the table since 1947. Stop in to find take-and-bake options along with an array of Italian specialty grocery items. 

BazaAr Supermarkets

424 Cambridge St., Allston
1432 Beacon St., Brookline
855 Worcester Rd., Framingham
30 Tower Rd., Newton

With four Boston-area locations, BazaAr Supermarkets boasts an electric array of gourmet food and spirits from around the world. This Eastern European grocery connects customers with cuisines from Russia, Turkey, Romania, Germany, Austria, Italy, Armenia, Spain, Moldova, Ukraine, Israel, and many other countries. BazaAr bakes fresh artisanal bread at their stores each day, and their homemade Eastern European-style sweets are always just right!

Portugalia Marketplace

489 Bedford Street, Fall River

For more than 30 years, this exceptional Portuguese specialty grocer has been dedicated to fostering a love for Portuguese cuisine and culture. The brick-and-mortar store was built in a refurbished textile to provide a unique shopping experience. Portugalia Marketplace offers all things Portuguese cuisine with a large prepared foods counter, baked goods, fresh fish, and more than 1,300 wines and spirits. 

Eastern Lamejun Bakers

145 Belmont St., Belmont

For more than 60 years, Eastern Lamejun Bakers has been a beloved Eastern European and Armenian bakery in Greater Boston. Decades-old family recipes are used to make handmade treats everyday, from cheese turnovers and zataar manaeish to paklava and chocolate halva. 

Wasik’s Cheese Shop

61 Central St., Wellesley

The Wasik family specializes in selecting the highest quality cheeses from around the world. With more than 60 years of experience, this local favorite is the go-to spot for cheese, charcuterie, wine, and other gourmet items. Build your own board, or let Wasik’s Cheese Shop do the work for you with one of their customer cheese boards — perfect for entertaining friends and family! 

Greek International Food Market

5204 Washington St., West Roxbury

This authentic Greek market is a Boston gem. Experience the traditions of the Mediterranean through homemade meals like pastichio and spanakopita to authentic Greek imported products like olives and specialty meats. The Greek International Food Market is a Greek food lover’s dream!

This article was written in 2018 by Jenny Berk and has been updated for 2024!

Torry Katsiroubas Stamm
Torry grew up in Needham where she currently lives with her husband and three children. Torry earned her BA in Communications from Boston College and her MBA from University of Massachusetts, Boston. Torry returns to UMASS Boston every year as a guest lecturer and enjoys being back on campus to work with students. Torry is the 4th generation co‐owner of her family food distribution business, Katsiroubas Bros. Torry took the helm of her family business alongside her brother Ted after their father Nick passed away from ALS in 2013 in honor of whom she founded the Nick Katsiroubas Foundation. The mission of the Nick Katsiroubas Foundation is to continue her father’s legacy of giving with its current mission to support food insecurity in the community. In 2022, Torry Co-Founded, Morrissey Market a local co-packer for various grocery and food as medicine programs. Torry is passionate about mentoring entrepreneurs, especially women and students, to start small businesses and bring products to market. Torry serves on the Massachusetts Food Policy Council and also on the Advisory Board for the Beth Israel Hospital in Needham. Torry enjoys spending time outdoors with her family - and taking time for herself to practice yoga, meditate and write. Torry never leaves home without a good book in her bag!


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