Japanese grocery stores in Europe

So far we have listings for Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

General notes on Europe: Japanese expat populations are the largest in London, Paris, and the business centers of Germany, especially Düsseldorf.

Let us know about your favorite stores, or comment on the ones already listed! (When the information in a comment is incorporated into the main article, the comment is deleted to avoid huuuge page syndrome.)

Belgium

Tagawa Superstore
Chaussée de Vleurgat 119
1050 Brussels
Recommended by Cacahuete

Denmark

Sanchie
Fiolstræde 32
DK-1171 Copenhagen
Danish web page
Japanese grocery
Den Kinesiske Købmand
Nørre Voldgade 54
DK-1358 Copenhagen K
Danish web site
Japanese grocery

France

See the France page.

Greece

Also see the Greece-Japan.com site. (In Greek and Japanese mostly.)

Soya Athens
Apollonos 33-35 Plaka
10556 Athens
email: info [at] soyaathens.gr
English, Japanese, Greek web site
Google Maps
Food, gift items, tableware, etc.

Germany

See the Germany page.

Netherlands

Japans & Koreaanse Delicatessen Shilla
Gelderlandplein 32-34
1082 LB Amsterdam
Tel:+31 20-6428423 Fax:+31 20-4422361
Comments: "My choice. What the name suggests. Stocks frozen, packaged and a limited variety of fresh products. Also has a small prepared food section. Friendly folks. Their website is not operational, however, here one can view an ipx and opening times" : link -(Basak)
Takuhai
Dutch, English and Japanese web site
Online only shop ("Takuhai" means "home delivery"). Delivers in the Netherlands and to other countries - contact them and ask if they will deliver to your location. Payment is by bank transfer only.
Comments: "I’ve ordered from them several times and haven’t had a problem." -(anon)
Yama Food
In the Shopping Arcade of Hotel Okura
Hotel Okura Amsterdam
Ferdinand Bolstraat 333
1072 LH Amsterdam
Dutch web site
Comments: "It is a very small shop; a bit difficult to navigate. Also pricier. Very helpful owner,though. They claim to stock over 1000 products imported by them." -(Basak)

Norway

Japantorget [CLOSED]
Arbos gate 2
0368 Oslo
OBENTO
Bernt Ankersgate 4
0183 Oslo
Tel: +47 22 60 40 54
Facebook page (Norwegian)
Comments: This is a new store run by the same people who operated Japantorget. It seems to be a readymade bento takeout/readymade food store (with both Japanese and Thai foods) with a small grocery section. Some photos on a Japanese blog here. (maki)

Portugal

General notes on Portugal: Intermarché, a French supermarket chain, has a growing Asian food section -(Ana)

Misato-Ya
R. Navegantes, n.º 368-A
2750-444 Cascais (área da Grande Lisboa)
Tel.: 214 849 450/4 Fax: 214 849 459
E-Mail: yasuragi [at] mail [dot] telepac [dot] pt
Comments: "All products have a portuguese translation, which is nice because even in supermarkets you don’t have a translation on some products." -(Ana)

Slovakia

Seoul Plaza Slovakia
BAJKALSKA 5/C
BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
02 4437 3900
Submitted by Alice

Spain

General Spain notes: There seems to be a growing Japanese expat community in Spain, especially of retirees.

If you read Japanese there is a terrific forum for Japanese expats living in Spain, here. (スペイン探偵局)

There is a Japonica rice that is grown in Spain, called "Minori", produced by Okura Y Asociados Products, S.A. Web site. (But it has no contact info! Geez.)

Barcelona

Tokyo-ya
Calle. Comte Borrell, 334-336
 08029 Barcelona
Tel: 93 439 30 40   Fax: 93 419 9539
Mon-Sat 10:00-14:00, 17:00-20:00. closed Sundays and holidays.
Bus: Pl. Francesc Macia, 6,7,15,27,32,33,34,41,59,63,66,67,68.
Japanese website, Spanish website
The site says it has fresh and frozen foods, folk art, housewares, sushi, onigiri and prepared foods. They will deliver.

Madrid

Tokyo-ya
Avda. Presidente Carmona, 9
28020 Madrid
Tel: 91 579 23 11   Fax: 91 570 7174
Mon-Sat 10:00-14:00, 16:00-20:00. closed Sundays and holidays.
Metro: Line 1 ESTRECHIO, Line 10 SANTIAGO BERNABEU
Also at
Calle. Jorge Juan, 75
28001 Madrid
TEL: 91 575 0556
Mon-Sat 10:00-14:00, 17:00-20:00. closed Sundays and holidays.
Metro: 2 and 4 lines to GOYA
Japanese website, Spanish website
The site says it has fresh and frozen foods, folk art, housewares, sushi, onigiri and prepared foods. They will deliver.

Sweden

Sun Ai
Tegnérgatan 15
11140 Stockholm
Japanese and Swedish web site
Groceries, housewares, books, sundries (including Hello Kitty stuff). Will deliver to Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.
Japan Food & Kitchen (JFK)
Swedenborgsgatan 28
11827 Stockholm
Japanese, Swedish, English web site
Food, kitchen appliances, etc. Sells restaurant supplies too (like a sushi robot).

Switzerland

General Switzerland notes: The biggest Japanese expat community is in Geneva. You can also increasingly buy some Japanese ingredients at the department stores (esp. Globus). Migros and Coop both carry a few Japanese/Asian (mostly Thai) products.

In the last 5-6 years, there has been an explosion (well in Swiss terms) of "Asian" restaurants in the major cities. Quality and authenticity varies. Most serve some form of sushi.

This page on the Laughing Lemon site (they offer highly regarded cooking classes in English and German, as well as catering) lists what's in season in Switzerland. See this page for dates and times of the markets in the major Swiss cities.

Basel

Wasabi
Gueterstrasse 138 (near the south entrance to the Basel Hbf)
4053 Basel
061 363 00 00
German web site
Bento lunch takeout, sushi catering. Not a grocery store. (Note: Closed? Web site is still up though, so maybe call before going.)

Genève (Geneva) and Lausanne

Alimentation Japonaise Miyai (CLOSED)
45,Rue de Zurich
1201 Genève
Tel 022-731-4862 Fax 022-731-6781
French and Japaneseweb site
Besides groceries, has bento and sushi that can be pre-ordered.
Mikado
Rue de l'Ancien Port-9
1201 Genève
Tel. 022 732 47 74, Fax 022 738 87 97
Tue-Fri 09:00 - 18:30, Sat 09:00 - 18:00, closed Sunday and Monday
Email: info at mikado-food dot ch
French, Japanese and Korean web site
In recent years, Mikado seems to be concentrating more on the restaurant/catering side of things. Selection of groceries is a bit limited, though adequate for basic needs. Takeout sushi etc. are not bad. Delivers anywhere within Switzerland. (maki)
Uchitomi
Rue Ferrier 13-15
1202 Genève
Tel: 022 731 26 01 Fax: 022 738 52 16
geneve at uchitomi dot ch
Mon - Fri 9:00 - 18:30, Sat 09:00 - 17:00, closed Sun (no sushi or comestibles on Mon)
French web site
also at
Ruelle Grand-Saint-Jean 5
1003 Lausanne
Tel. 021 312 40 01 Fax 021 312 40 02
Email lausanne at uchitomi dot ch
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:00 - 17:00, closed Monday and Sunday
A review here.

Also see moshi moshi, a site that lists Japanese restaurants in the Genève area in a tiny, tiny font.

Zürich

General Zürich notes: There are quite a few Thai grocery stores. Migros City's fish department is pretty good for fresh fish. Increasingly, the morning markets are carrying Asian vegetables - in particular the Helvetiaplatz market and the Bürkliplatz market. At the latter, I've spotted things like shiso plants and fresh yuzu!

Aggarwal Indian Food
Langstrasse 62
8004 Zurich
(right near Helvetiaplatz)
Also stores in Basel, Bern, Langenthal
Tel: 044 241 28 79
Fax: 044 241 93 67
Monday - Friday 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday 8 am to 4 pm
German, French and English web site
An Indian/South Asian store, but has many produce items that are used in Japanese cooking like taro roots, okra, bitter gourd, etc. and a few Japanese ingredients like miso.
Lian Hua Asiatische Lebensmittel
Birmensdorferstrasse 94
8003 Zürich
(Tram lines 9 and 14, several buses, or any S-Bahn that stops at Bahnhof Wiedikon)
also at
Schaffhauserstrasse 269
8057 Zürich
(Tram lines 10 and 14 to Berninaplatz).
This is mainly a Chinese store but has Thai, Korean and a small amount of Japanese items too. Fresh vegetables used in Asian cooking are available here like garlic chives (nira), winter melon, gourd, lotus root, etc. 15% off all food items on Saturdays. A wordier review. (maki)
New Asia Market
Feldstrasse 24
Tel. 044 241 80 00
Trams 2, 3 or Bus 32 to Kalkbreite
General Asian store; not many Japanese ingredients but still useful. Has a few things Lian Hua doesn't. (maki)
Nishi's Japan Shop
Schaffhauserstr. 120
8057 Zürich (Tram lines 7 and 14, stop Guggachstrasse, or lines 7, 9, 10, 14 stop Milchbuch)
Tel. 044 363 11 63, Fax 044 363 28 92
Email: info at nishishop dot ch
Monday 13:30 - 18:30, Tue - Fri 09:00 - 18:30, Sat 09:00 - 16:00, closed Sun
Japanese, German and English web site
Maki's local! Small store with a surprisingly comprehensive selection. Sometimes runs out of stock of popular items like tofu, especially on weekends. See a wordier review. (maki)
Thanh Hung Import + Export AG
Wehntalerstr. 280
8046 Zürich
Tel. 044 371 38 77, Fax 044 371 39 55
General Asian grocery store.
YumiHana
Schützengasse 7
8001 Zürich
Just off the Bahnhofstrasse, a couple of blocks from the main train station
Tel: 044-750 51 61 Fax: 044-211 57 59
Korean grocery store with a lot of Japanese ingredients, plus of course Korean goodies. Prices comparable to Nishi's. See a wordier review. Also has a small eat-in counter and takeout. (maki)

Also see this page.

United Kingdom/Ireland

See UK and Ireland page.

Europe-only mail order sites

Many places with web sites listed will ship to you within Europe, or at least within the same country. Visit the sites and find out!

  • Japan Centre ships all over Europe. This page lists the countries to which they will ship food. Shipping is free within the UK over £30 worth of merchandise. They ship non-comestibles worldwide. In my experience, their shipping is expensive but very fast. Excellent service. In Switzerland at least the price including shipping is about the same as buying locally, so it's handy for stuff that the local stores don't stock.(maki)
  • Japan Food Hall ships all over Europe. A fairly new store (opened in 2014 I believe), located in Surrey, UK. This page lists the countries they ship to with tariffs. Prices are competitive with Japan Centre. I have bought from them a couple of times already and have been happy with the service. (maki)
  • Ja-Mart is based in Germany and also states on their web site (which is in German, English and Japanese) that they ship to various countries in Europe. Besides food, they sell kitchenware, tableware, etc. including some 220V electrical appliances such as Zojirushi rice cookers.
  • Wai yee Hong is a Chinese supermarket in Bristol, UK. They will ship all over Europe.

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