We know what it feels like when you’re just craving that food from home or want to duplicate your favorite dish and need that extra special ingredient. Or maybe you’ve been tasked with introducing foreign holidays to your students and need those extra sweets and supplies. Here we’ve gathered a few of the most popular stores around Ehime and websites used by mikans when they need that little bit of home (or maybe you just like a variety of foods, we don’t judge). While the list is not exhaustive we hope that you can find what you are looking for.
Gyomu Super has locations across Matsuyama and Ehime. It’s a restaurant supply store that sells foods and supplies at nice price. While it’s not solely a ‘international’ store, they do sell a nice variety of foreign foods
Kaldi is an international store with four branches in Ehime, one located in Fuji Grand, one in Emiful, and the other two are in the Aeon malls in Imabari and Saijo. While their main product is coffee, they also have a variety of cheeses, baking goods, sweets, American, Chinese, German, Korean, Mexican, Indian, Indonesian, Italian, Thai, and Vietnamese goods.
Aeons own supermarket has a small international section as well as the branches in Imabari and Saijo having a Kaldi inside. The Matsuyama branch has a shop called Caférrant which is similar to Kaldi as it has a nice trove of foreign ingredients.
Apart from Fuji Grand (which also has Kaldi) and is located across from JR Matsuyama Station, even your local Fuji may have a small international section.
Do you love spice? Does your market not have a variety of fresh herbs. Unlike the above stores, the Asia Superstore sells Asian (mostly Thai) produce and goods across Japan. If you miss Thailand but just can not take the vicious sun’s heat, this store is perfect to get those little reminders from the land of smiles.