10 Best Markets in Alabama

Shopping local is the key to finding fresh goods. Alabama has plenty of smaller markets that offer high-quality options. You can find all the unique foods and flavors that most grocery stores don’t carry, plus you get the added advantage of supporting small businesses. Stock your pantry at these 10 best markets in Alabama—they’ll change the way you shop. 

1. Derk’s Filet and Vine, Montgomery, AL

Part fresh market, part restaurant, part wine shop, this place has it all. Their fresh market is the perfect alternative to traditional grocery stores, offering hand cut steaks, fresh produce, Boars Head meats, and other pantry staples. They also have the area’s biggest selection of wine and beer, with over 750 brews and 15,000 bottles of wine to choose from.

2. Catherine’s Market, Alexander City, AL

This quaint little country market reflects the upscale vibe of a European bistro. Tucked alongside an easy going cafe, their market offer important items like cheeses, meats, coffee, bakery items, seafood, and fresh produce. Even better, they make home deliveries so you can stock your fridge and pantry with the finest, freshest flavors in town.

3. Mr. P’s Deli, Birmingham, AL

This foodie tradition since 1975 is one of the best destinations for fresh meat and cheese. Their deli menu is never short on options, with more than 50 options for a delicious breakfast or lunch. They’re also famous for their gift boxes of meats, sauces, wines, and seasonings for a single price.

4. European Market, Huntsville, AL

As the name suggests, this unique market brings all the best flavors and delicacies of Europe under one roof. Inside you’ll find the likes of German pretzels, brats, desserts, chocolates, baked goods, snacks, and cheese, among other special finds that you won’t find at your local grocer. It’s an experience everyone should try at least one—you’ll find it hard to walk out empty handed.

5. Manna Grocery & Deli, Tuscaloosa, AL

This organic food stop is the only one of its kind in the area. They specialize in ethnic foods, healthy snacks, clean eating, and supplements to help you live a healthier lifestyle. Make them a stop on your weekly grocery shopping trip, or drop by for lunch at their in-store deli for a guilt-free meal.

6. Montgomery Curb Market, Montgomery, AL

Fresh fruit and veggies are just the beginning in this hometown favorite. Not your average farmer’s market, this recently renovated shopping venue offers everything from homemade jams and jellies to full meals and desserts that are ready to take home. The best part is that the vendors are local, so every trip you make supports local growers, bakers, and artisans. 

7. Market by the Bay, Daphne and Fairhope, AL

If you’re looking for the best seafood in town, you won’t find it in your average seafood restaurant. This place is serving up delicious shrimp, crab, fish, oysters, and other favorites that taste fresh from the boat. Even better—each market is also a cafe that makes the perfect lunch pitstop.

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8. Koo’s Fish Market & Deli, Birmingham, AL

Part seafood kitchen, part market, Koo’s is the best place to find exotic fare like alligator and squid alongside popular seafood dishes. You choose—they cook it for you. Their market also features bulk pantry items like sugar and condiments, in addition to snacks, drinks, and paper products.

9. Lad’s and Dad’s Steak and Seafood Market, Mobile, AL

This market may very well replace your weekly stop at the grocery store. They’ve got just about everything you could need, including fresh meat and seafood, wine, snacks, milk, cheese, spices, fresh veggies, and more. They also carry a variety of freshly made deli items, like potato salad and their raved-about Cajun stuffed mushrooms.

10. Nabeel’s Cafe and Market, Homewood, AL

This postcard-worthy market sources meat, cheese, and other food items from around the globe. Nuts, cheese, sausages, wine, olive oil, dried figs, and phyllo dough are just a few of the treasures on their shelves. Their cafe menu is also chock full of Mediterranean favorites, and your meal might just inspire a trip to their market for some experimentation in your own kitchen.

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