Best Ethnic Market

Daruma Japan Market
6931-E Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD, (301) 654-8832

It’s probably no coincidence that mega ethnic markets like H-Mart and Grand Mart sound an awful lot like Wal-Mart—they all overwhelm you with sheer volume. For an ethnic-market experience without the sensory overload, check out Daruma Japan Market in Bethesda. The small shop carries a variety of Japanese frozen foods, sashimi-grade fish, and prepared noodle and rice bowls. The employees are friendly and can explain just about any mysteriously labeled item in the store. Besides, where else can you slurp down a bowl of ramen after buying a Crunky chocolate bar and a gorgeous slab of ruby-red tuna?

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