International Grocery Stores in Columbia, SC

From aamchor to za’atar, here’s your guide to international markets in the Soda City.


Halal International is located in the Boozer Shopping Center off of Broad River Road. | Photo by COLAtoday

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DYK — 40+ countries are represented in Columbia’s International Corridor? The two-mile stretch of road on Decker Boulevard between I-77 and Two Notch Road is home to several international grocery stores where you’ll find everything from Asian markets to international bakeries.

Whether you’re crafting a Oaxacan mole from scratch (a proper mole takes about three days to craft), looking to broaden your culinary horizons, or searching for an ingredient that tastes like home — we hope this guide to international markets helps you map out a delicious meal.

African + Caribbean

If you’re in search of items from Africa or the Caribbean, these local markets will have what you need, and if they don’t, they’ll work to help source it for you. Pro tip — Fakord’s signature sweet and Fakord Agege Bread is delicious and one of a kind.


These grocers offer everything from fresh veggies (like Bok Choy) to the cooking oils + sauces you’ll need to make homemade Asian dishes.


These grocers offer a wide selection of food and deli products from Eastern Europe along with German, British, Nordic, and Mediterranean items.


There is an abundance of Latin grocers in the Midlands offering ingredients from all regions of Mexico. Pro tip — La Estrella is not only a market but a delicious dining spot as well.

Middle Eastern

These Middle Eastern markets offer foods like Turkish rices, Lebanese cheese, fresh pita, and teas.

  • Halal International, 1601 Broad River Rd.
  • Madina Grocery, 10014 Two Notch Rd. J
  • Spices of India & Middle Eastern Groceries, 544 St Andrews Rd.
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