Tampa's Best Specialty Groceries

Tampa is widely regarded as one of the go-destinations for foodies in Florida. The city is home to a number of acclaimed restaurants, and the dining scene only continues to grow. And not surprisingly, local chefs, home cooks, and food enthusiasts alike all flock to some of the area’s best specialty grocery stores to find essential ingredients to bring recipes to life. Whether you are in search of cheeses for a simple charcuterie board or more hard-to-find items from around the world, these local, unique shops are sure to have everything on your list and plenty of enticing delights you never knew you needed.

Fig & Julep

1621 W Snow Cir, Tampa, FL 33606

Located in the outdoor shopping district of Hyde Park Village, Fig & Julep is an award-winning gourmet food tasting room in the heart of Tampa’s historic downtown neighborhood. The shop focuses on curating a collection of locally sourced, southern gourmet foods that guests are encouraged to sample during their visit. Patrons can peruse a wide collection of olives from around the world, specialty pastas, unique sauces, mustards from France, hard-to-find condiments and spices, cocktail mixers, chutneys, jams, artisanal crackers, and a number of excellent cheeses. Fig & Julep also specializes in luxury candies and offers the highest-quality locally made edibles that Tampa has to offer. Stop by Fig & Julep before you plan your next gathering or pop in on the way to a dinner party to pick up the perfect gift for the host.

Duckweed Urban Grocery

803 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602

With six locations spread out across the Tampa area, Duckweed Urban Grocery has become a staple of the community when it comes to finding unique and high-quality pantry essentials as well as hard-to-find specialty grocery items. Duckweed Urban Grocery was founded in 2011, and today the store offers organic groceries and a number of other luxury items, including honey, olive oil, deli selections, fine chocolates, and an assortment of liquor. Guests that shop at Duckweed have the opportunity to support the Tampa community through the purchase of goods that are locally sourced. The store also offers plentiful vegan and vegetarian grocery items as well as local delivery services.

Best Tampa Grocery Stores

Mazzaro’s Italian Market

2909 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

When it comes to top-shelf Italian delicacies, Mazzaro’s Italian Market is the go-to destination in the greater Tampa area. Visitors to Mazzaro’s can take a journey around Italy as they explore the store’s eight specialty markets, including a bakery, deli, pasta, wine and beer, coffee, cheese, meat and seafood, and gourmet imports. Mazzaro’s has an extensive catering menu that can be tailored to suit any gathering large or small, and visitors can also enjoy a sandwich from the to-go menu with outdoor patio seating. Orders over $100 are eligible for free delivery as long as they are within range, and once you sample any of Mazzaro’s delicious menu items you are likely to return again and again.

Cacciatore and Sons

3614 N Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL 33607

Cacciatore and Sons is an Italian meat market that provides the greater Tampa area with the very best Italian meats, deli items, and Italian specialties. The Cacciatore family has been serving the residents of Tampa for over a century; the family-owned business began with a butcher shop that catered to Italian and Cuban immigrants, and today the store has expanded to include fine oils, cheeses, and produce to all who pay a visit. Daily to-go specials include mouth-watering menu items like paella, picadillo, chicken and yellow rice, and ropa vieja. If you arrive hungry you certainly won’t leave that way, and judging by the glowing reviews of generations of happy customers, guests are never disappointed by Cacciatore and Sons wide selection and excellent customer service.

Land and Sea Market

14943 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, FL 33613

Whether you are in search of grass-fed and grain-fed cuts of beef, all natural chicken, wild caught seafood, local beers, fresh produce, or exotic winds, Land and Sea Market is sure to have what you need. The family-owned grocery store features an impressive array of both fresh and frozen seafood and meats at even more impressive prices. Land and Sea Market makes it easy for locals to shop, offering options for delivery service within the nearby area. Visitors can also take advantage of package deals with excellent pricing as well as a rewards program for repeat business.

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