These Asian markets are guaranteed to help you create some amazing meals!
Cincinnati is home to a wide variety of markets, but no matter what their specialties, they all have one thing in common--providing an amazing selection of items! Asian markets in the area are no different, and offer customers access to produce, spices, oils, and packaged items they might not otherwise find at their local supermarket.
These specialized markets give locals a chance to expand their options when it comes to creating home cooked, delicious meals--or just the opportunity to enjoy some international candy or salty snacks! We’ve put together a list of some of the best Asian markets in the Cincinnati area, so the next time you’re feeling adventurous, why not stock up on some of their items? Who knows you might just find your new favorite store!
The Asian markets on this list all accept GiftYa electronic gift cards, so if you know someone who might be looking to expand their culinary horizons, why not send them a gift card to get them started? It couldn’t be easier to send them, just choose the amount, personalize it, and then send! They’ll receive it electronically and since it’s attached to their debit card, they’ll never have to worry about forgetting it at home. Now, on to Cincinnati’s Asian markets!
Find all your favorite Asian products here! Image courtesy of Yelp.
10400 Reading Rd.
When you think Asian market in the Cincinnati area, most locals will immediately think of Cincinnati Asia Market, or CAM. This market originally started in Columbus to serve the Chinese professors and students of Ohio State University, but it quickly expanded due to the demands of more and more customers becoming aware of how amazing Asian cooking can be!
After Columbus stores were opened in Cincinnati and Cleveland, and today each store sells produce, snacks, dry foods, baked goods, and kitchen from countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and India just to name a few. The store is very popular among the local Asian as well as non-Asian population, and you can find items here that are just not available anywhere else.
“This is the biggest authentic Asian market you'll find in the NKY/Cincinnati area...They offer a wide selection of diverse Asian ingredients for you to cook from scratch and they also offer pre packaged dishes.” -Yelp Review
Pick up fresh produce or some sweet Asian snacks at this mart. Image courtesy of Happy Asian Mart.
355 W McMillan St.
Another fantastic option when it comes to local Cincinnati Asian markets is the Happy Asian Mart. Whether you’re looking to stock up on fresh seafood for a special dinner you’re planning, or just looking for the right ingredients to start learning how to roll sushi, you’ll find all you need at this spot.
Sometimes the items on their shelves are so authentic that the ingredients are not listed in English--no problem, the friendly staff can help you translate to make sure you’re getting exactly what you’re looking for!
The owners are adding new items each week, so if you don’t see a Chinese, Japanese, or Korean item, just ask if it will be available there in the future!
“This place is incredible. There is everything Asian you could imagine and many things you never could have. I love to come here.” -Yelp Review
Whether you need ingredients or new Asian cookware, this mart has what you’re looking for. Image courtesy of Yelp.
119 W Elder St.
Saigon Market is a part of the very popular Findlay Market, which is Cincinnati’s oldest public market, and is itself home to over 40 indoor vendors that sell anything from seafood, meat, baked goods, cheese, to produce. This Asian market was first opened in 1976 and since then has been providing the local community with direct access to foodstuffs from China, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, and the Philippines.
In addition they also offer items from West Africa, Jamaica, and Mexico--allowing the people of Cincinnati to continue to try new recipes. Not only does this place stock up on hard to find produce and dry food, but they also carry Asian cookware and tableware, to ensure your meals are prepared and presented in the authentic Asian way!
“Would recommend picking up ingredients here instead of eating out the next time you think about Asian. Or really just challenging yourself to cook something new and outside your comfort zone.” -Yelp Review
This Korean grocery has many items you just can’t locate elsewhere. Image courtesy of Yelp.
9731 Montgomery Rd.
Little Asiana Market arrived on the Cincinnati scene in 2005, and since then has been helping locals find all their favorite Asian products--that are very hard to find elsewhere! This specialized store has items from Korea, China, Japan, and Thailand, so no matter if you’re looking for gochujang, kimchi, or purple rice, you’re going to be able to find it at this store.
Although they do not have a fresh meat counter, they do offer a wide selection of frozen meats such as bulgogi that are available for you to take home. From there, the cooking possibilities are endless! Most customers like the smaller feel of this store, and it really does seem like the type of store that you could pick up any daily Asian item you might need!
“This Asian grocery store is by no means big, but the variety of item in this place is amazing...from Ramen, Kimchi, Korean and Japanese snacks to fresh vegetables. I definitely recommend this place!!” -Yelp Review
Try out some of their ready made Japanese meals! Image courtesy of Yelp.
10738 Reading Rd.
If you’re looking to try out a new Japanese recipe--or you’re just starting to learn how to cook Japanese food-- you’re going to want to stop at the Tokyo Oriental Market. Although it might be a little smaller, this Asian market really seems to have all that anyone could need to prepare an amazing Japanese meal.
Whether you’re looking for sauces, frozen meat or seafood, a variety of noodles, fish cakes, snacks, or dry goods, you’ll find them at this local store. They also have a wide variety of prepared foods such as wrappers and udon noodle packets that can be prepared super quickly if you happen to be craving a Japanese meal. The prices are reasonable, and you’ll be supporting a small family business as well!
“I'm thrilled to have found such a great store in Ohio! I'm definitely coming back as often as I can.” -Yelp Review
This store offers any item you might need for authentic Japanese cooking. Image courtesy of Yelp.
8640 Haines Dr.
Just a short drive across the Ohio River and into Kentucky and you’ll find a little hidden gem tucked away in Florence, the Sakura Mart. This Japanese grocery has anything and everything you need to start on your next Japanese cooking adventure. Whether you need seafood such as tuna or salmon, you can find some amazingly priced frozen options here. They also offer hard to find Japanese produce, so if you need a specific spice or root, chances are the Sakura Mart has what you’re looking for.
You might notice that some of the items are a little pricier than others, and that’s because the owner has the shipped in directly from Japan-- you just can’t get more authentic than that! So if you’re looking for something authentic, it’s going to be worth the increase in price. If you happen to stop by, see if this Asian mart is making some of their famous mochi ice cream-- you won’t be disappointed!
“This is an amazing small store with authentic Japanese food items. I love going there.” -Yelp Review
Explore the possibilities at this local Asian grocery store! Image courtesy of Yelp.
270 Ludlow Ave.
If you’ve ever wanted to cook up some amazing Indian or Pakistani recipes, then Jagdeep’s Grocery is for you. They have all the ingredients that make South Asian cuisine so tasty, including spices like cumin, turmeric, green chili, and even curry leaves. You can also be sure to find a wide selection of frozen food such as parathas, naans, paneers, and idli, as well as a great variety of prepared food.
Don’t forget to stock up on their fresh produce items as well, such as gourds, onions, and okra--sure to bring some amazing tastes to your meals. If you happen to need incense or the latest Bollywood DVDs, not to worry, they have these items as well-- and for a great price!
“Jagdeep's is your one-stop destination for all Indian groceries at reasonable prices. You won't walk out disappointed.” -Yelp Review
Items from around the world, all under one roof! Image courtesy of Jungle Jim’s.
4450 Eastgate S
One of the largest Asian markets in the Cincinnati area is Jungle Jim’s which houses an enormous amount of products from Asian, Hispanic, African, European, and Middle Eastern countries--all under one roof! It may seem a little overwhelming, but not to fear, there is a system and you can definitely find what you’re looking for!
Utilize one of their helpful maps which organizes countries into sections, that way you’re sure to find exactly what you need. If all else fails, you can always ask a friendly associate to point you in the right direction! Jungle Jim’s Asian section has hard to find items from countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, and the Philippines, so no matter what cuisine you need ingredients for, they are sure to have it!
The Cincinnati area has quite a wide array of Asian markets that have been providing locals with a taste of the east for years, and continue to grow in popularity! Which Asian mart is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!