Japanese grocery stores in Central/South America/Caribbean

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Hello! I am a fan of nihon ryouri and I know a couple of japanese grocery stores in Mexico City. Mexico is strictly part of North America, but given that the US and Canada have their own sections, I will post here in Central / South America.

Name of the Store: Super Oriental / Super Kise
Address: División del Norte No. 2515 esq. Londres, Col. del Carmen, Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
Phone: + 52 (55) 5688-2981, +52 (55) 5688-4298
Webpage: http://www.superoriental.com/
General information: The store is small, in the corner of a well-known avenue in Mexico City. It has a wide selection of teas, Japanese candy, frozen and canned foods, seasonings (such as ajinomoto) and occasionally fresh imported vegetables such as daikon and napa. The store also has cookware and offers Japanese cooking classes.

I am in no way related to the owners of this store but I find it quite convenient. I love daifuku. :)

A large and well-organized Japanese grocery, take-out, fish store and gift shop

Name of the store: Mikasa
Address: San Luis Potosí 173, between Monterrey and Medellín, Col. Roma Norte, Del. Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, Mexico
Phone: +52 (55) 5584 3430
email: mikasa@infosel.net.mx
Open: Mon-Sat 10-19hrs., Sun 10-16 hrs.
No webpage.
General information: Probably the largest Japanese grocery store in Mexico, it has a wide variety of tea. It offers prepared food: you can buy a bento or individual portions of sushi, and tempura. The kitchenware / gift shop offers teapots and nabe.

Never take a cooking class at Super Oriental in Mexico City. Although the store clerks are generally very kind and helpful, the teacher is rude and doesn't even answer questions during the sushi class, for example.The ingredients are all prepared so you don't even learn to do the most basic thing of making the rice for sushi. Oh, yes. She's very prompt about encouraging you to buy everything at her store.

I got SO excited when I saw this! I expected it to be ready though, just to give you a hand on some info:

I live in El Salvador (in Central America) and only store I could find so far -and that is near to me- is called "Yong Fong - Oriental Market", it is unknown to me wether they have a website but they have two locals one in Merliot area in Santa Tecla and another one in Escalon, in San Salvador (the capital)..

There is where I bought my rice to make some onigiri -thanks for the recipe!!! will be trying it soon- it offers many Japanese and other asian ingrediets, they dont sell fish though, like the one to be served with sushi..

I am not related nor work for the store just an offhand data i wanted to give you, if you want me to I can make a little research on more asian-japanese stores here in El Salvador, since I am not sure but I believe there are more near downtown... Hmm I guess I should try and get more accurate adresses too hehe =P

Ps. I love your site! =D

I have visited an oriental store in Mexico City. Is a little small but you can buy several japanese and oriental things there.
Name of the Store: Kokeshi Market
Address: Amores 1529 Col. del Valle between Parroquia and Félix Cuevas, Del. Benito Juárez, C.P. 03100 Mexico D.F.
Phone: + 52 (55) 55 34 71 31
Webpage: http://www.kokeshimarket.com.mx/

I hope this information can be useful for you.

I live in Ecuador and there are a couple of Asian shops in the Inaquito market. Be wary -- a lot of stuff is expired. But, other things, like the kimchi, rice cakes and tofu are made in house. Vegetables are locally grown.

Brazil has the biggest Japanese community in the world and it's concentrated in Sao Paulo state and its capital, Sao Paulo city.

There is a Asian town in Sao Paulo, called Liberdade, with some Japanese groceries there.

Some addresses:

Rua Galvão Bueno, 34
Sao Paulo-SP
Phone: +55-11-3341-3350
It's the biggest Japanese store in Sao Paulo. Not only ingredientes, but houseware too.

Casa Bueno
Rua Galvão Bueno, 48
Sao Paulo-SP
Not big like Marukai, but I think they are better in quality. This shop has a good diversity of lycours and rice.

Now.. I only remember that shops... but I gonna take others address and I post here.

Hello. My daughter is in Sao Paolo for a year. I am looking for umeboshi plums for her. But I would like them without the artificial red coloring and the chemicals. Do you know if good-quality plums are available?

Thank you for your help.


I'm not sure if she'll find umeboshi without the chemicals here in Sao Paulo (there are a few brands available, it is possible), but what's for certain is that she can find the unprepared plums when it's in season, in the same stores mentioned above.

In Puebla, Mexico there are a few small but well-stocked asian shops.
Name of store: Obachan
Address: 45 PTE 1937 , Centro Comercial La Noria
Phone: (222)237-3780
Web page: www.tiendaobachan.com

There is also a tiny, tiny japanese shop called Niko-Niko San next to the restaurant "Takeshi".
Address: 35 Sur 2901 A, Col. Sta Cruz Los Angeles
Phone: (222) 230-3009

There is a very small Korean grocery in Col. La Paz that amy have some japanese items/ingredients. It is inside the "Restaurante Coreana" on calle Tlaxco, very close to Avenida Juárez, although I don't remember the exact address.

Your site is amazing!!!