Food was the focal point of most of the specialists in our top 10, says James Durston

What our experts think...

“The ultimate connection between gourmet foods and daily groceries”

Forget great service, sharp store designs or snappy marketing banners. When it comes to specialist food outlets, our academy members just want good food.
The top 10 specialist retailers in the world, as voted for by our experts, are specialist in that you may not be able to do (or afford) a full weekly shop there. But they celebrate food itself more than anything else, making this selection a list of stores that any genuine food lover must visit.
Plus, seven different countries feature in our rundown of specialist stores, and the wide availability of international foods scored highly with many of our academy members.
So, while a number of non food elements, such as store design and customer service, carry more weight when evaluating supermarkets, the key to success for the specialists is offering the best foods they can find. That’s something all those on our list of the world’s finest have managed to achieve.
“Eli Zabar created this store from an old vinegar factory - low spec, high quality and full of character. Never been bettered since 1993”
“It goes without saying that the range and quality are exceptional. But what makes KDW outstanding is the way it combines the shopping experience with well-structured layout. Most inspiring”
Deli de Luca
Great Food Hall
Kaufhaus des Westens
La Fromagerie
La Grande Epicerie
The Vinegar Factory
Trader Joe’s