Metropolitan Market – Admiral
42nd Ave Sw
An outstanding meat department and deli put this upscale Metropolitan Market location at the top of several Best of 2010 lists: Seattle Magazine, Seattle Weekly and more. However, you’ll pay for the privilege a bit as prices tend to run higher here than anywhere else on this list.
600 5th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
The cardinal Asian grocery in town, Uwajimaya is a must for yummies from sushi to sake — and the best live tanks on the entire coast. You’ll also find books, cookware and everything else needed to serve up a perfect taste of the Pacific. When the weather cooperates, grab some roasted Japanese chestnuts from the vendor outside.
Multiple locations in the Seattle area
The chain has five stores in the area, each offering the features which made Whole Foods an iconic experience: amazing grab-and-go meals, a buffet of savory dishes, big cold salad bar, wide selection of organic items, helpful staff and great cooking advice. If it’s not the best in everything, it’s close — and best until one roof.
DeLaurenti Specialty Food Market
1435 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Found at the corner of Pike Street and First Avenue in the market, DeLaurenti’s is the Northwest Italian’s piece of home. The overwhelming selection of artisan and traditional cheeses will wow you — and if you’ve got the craving, here’s where to find those fresh White Alba truffles you love (at market prices – mio dio). Free wine tasting from their 1,800-bottle-strong collection are held every Saturday afternoon.
The British Pantry
8125 161st Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98052
And now for something completely different. With the coming nuptial parties for Prince William and Kate right around the corner, you’ll want to stop by and stock up some authentic wares at The British Pantry, though it’s more known for the restaurant. Imported Cadbury, Marmite, Oxo and other brands can be found here, but the fresh bakery from Neville’s promises a great reward for any Pacific Anglophile.