What I love to see during this crisis is how motivated people are to support small, independent and local food businesses. So here’s another list with suggestions where to spread your love (and money). This time, the focus is on businesses that we tend to forget when most communication happens online on the ‘gram, the neighbourhood places we all highly depend on, which are often owned by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) but who don’t have the type of social media skills needed to stand out in your feed. The idea and start for this list came from the Smells Like collective, a Berlin based group celebrating food heritage, culture & identity. They started it on their instagram channel, collecting shops and restaurants not represented on the Instagram, then I extended the poll to my followers, threw my own recommendations in, and the result is this long list! Why not make it a goal to visit one or two of those per week, to make an effort to support those who often fall through the attention cracks. Happy eating!
Please, do add more in the comments below! Also, here’s a google map of Asian eateries and grocery stores compiled by Athena Lam.
Laxy Cash & Carry
Tamil grocery store.
Wrangelstraße 58, 10997 Berlin
Oranienstraße 28, 10999 Berlin
Wiener Straße 10, 10999 Berlin
Asia Markt Lee
Supermarket for Asian groceries with a big frozen foods department.
Dircksenstraße 101-103, 10179 Berlin
Sonnenallee 40, 12045 Berlin
Supermarket for Asian groceries.
Karl-Marx-Straße 242, 12057 Berlin
In the West
Moabit & Wedding
Seestraße 41, 13353 Berlin
Grocery store with products from Africa to Asia.
Tromsöer Str. 6, 13359 Berlin
TS Food Supermarkt
Grocery store with Pakistani, Indian, Persian, Afghan, Arabic, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, African and Nepalese products.
Alt-Moabit 74, 10555 Berlin