Readers’ Choice 2018: Specialty / Gourmet Market

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Mollie Stone’s Markets


Mollie Stone’s, a San Francisco favorite, also has markets in the North Bay and the Peninsula. It caters to kosher customers, and the Palo Alto store, with a kosher butcher, has “the largest year-round selection of kosher foods west of New Jersey,” according to the website.



Piedmont Grocery Store

(510) 653-8181  •

Oakland’s classic grocer, Piedmont Grocery Store, has served the area for over 100 years with the best quality produce, meats, seafood and cheese. Gluten free, gourmet and international foods are also in ample supply in this staple of the Piedmont area.

Rockridge Market Hall

(510) 250-6000  •
Rockridge Market Hall, conveniently located next to Oakland’s Rockridge BART station, is in the style of European markets, with sidewalk café seating and nine specialty stores. One-stop shopping with gourmet shops including a bakery, coffee roaster, fish market, butcher, specialty and cheese shop, and wine. Makes for a fun afternoon of food shopping for an outstanding meal.



Draeger’s Market


Draeger’s, specializing in gourmet fare, has three stores on the Peninsula and another in Danville. The stores offer more than 300 cheeses and more than 2,500 wines, plus a bakery, cookware and cooking classes, as well as a restaurant in the San Mateo store.

Piazza’s Fine Foods

(650) 494-1629 PALO ALTO
(650) 341-9496 SAN MATEO

With two locations on the Peninsula, Piazza’s Fine Foods combines the best quality meats and produce with an Italian flair, thanks to founder John Piazza Sr. Now the business is run by the next generation of Piazzas, and they still focus their attention on the best quality and customer service they can possibly provide.

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