Readers’ Choice 2019: Specialty/Gourmet Market


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. This is the 14th year that J. readers have bestowed this award!.



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. Come check out this classic grocery destination in Oakland.

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 2,500 wines, plus a bakery, cookware and cooking classes, and a restaurant in the San Mateo store. Hard to find a more interesting and diverse grocery store anywhere!

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