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The Bronx is home to many immigrants and as such we strive to keep our ethnic traditions alive. There are many shops that offer a variety of items from trinkets, food items and apparel. Travelling to one continent from another is simply a matter of driving or taking public transportation.


At Mary Anne’s Irish Gift Shop, a family-owned boutique, one can find all sorts of hand-knit sweaters and scarves. It’s also one of the few places in the city that carries hand-painted spongeware by Nicholas Mosse, a famous potter from County Kilkenny. The store also has a wide array of jewelry and other gift items for the holidays. Nothing says Erin go bragh like a beautiful Claddagh ring or a hand-made Tipperary stuffed animal.

Neighborhood: Riverdale
Address: 5694 Riverdale Avenue
Website:  maryannesirishgiftshop.com
Hours of operation:
Mon - Sat:  10AM–6PM
Sunday: 12pm-3pm





A great place to find fine Italian imports is in the heart of the Real Little Italy on Arthur Avenue. Cerini Coffee & Gifts offers everything from pasta bowls, fancy espresso machines or Lavazza Coffee. They also carry a variety of authentic food items and decorative wall art.

Neighborhood: Belmont
Address: 2334 Arthur Avenue
Website:  cerinicoffee.com
Hours of operation: Mon-Sat:  9AM–6:30PM, Sun: Closed




Shalom and baruch haba (hello and welcome) to everyone who enters Riverdale Judaica, the premier store for Jewish gifts and religious items. Not only is it a great place to purchase stylish yarmulkes and colorful mezuzahs, but it is also ideal for Hebrew books and for good conversation on customs and ceremonies.

Neighborhood: Riverdale
Address: 3706 Riverdale Avenue
Hours of operation:
Mon-Fri: 11am-7pm
Sun: 11am-6pm





If you’re looking for decorative arts you will appreciate the craftsmanship of African folk art sold at African Masidi & Company. There, you’ll find a selection of textiles, jewelry, tribal masks, wood sculptures and pottery. They also offer an array of world music as well as  traditional musical instruments like the mbira (thumb piano), djembe (West African goblet drum), and various other percussion-like dried gourd shakers. You can even enjoy the aesthetic pleasure of having your hair braided by an in-store hairdresser specializing in plaits.

Neighborhood: Kingsbridge
Address: 5616 Broadway
Hours of operation:
Tues-Fri: 10AM-8PM
Sat: 9AM-6PM





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The Bronx is one of the most diverse boroughs in the city of New York. Of course there is no shortage of Puerto Rican, Dominican and Mexican restaurants considering the borough’s overall Latino population is over 50%. But The Bronx is also home to African, Middle Eastern and Asian communities, and the cuisine is evidence of it.

 In the Van Nest section one can enjoy a delicious Yemeni meal and then choose from one of four markets to buy exotic nuts, dips, cheeses and much more from North Africa and the Middle East. One such place is Al-Meraj, located on 1903 White Plains Road.
Take the #2 train to the Bronx Park East station. Head one block east to White Plains Road and Rhinelander Avenue and you'll feel as though you've just crossed continents!
YUMMY TIP: An all-time favorite is the fresh ground coffee with cardamom; the counterman will grind it on the spot for you.

The Bronx has, not one, but two Cambodian markets both within walking distance of each other. Phnom Penh-Nha Trang is located at 2639 Jerome Avenue and Battambang Market at 229 East Kingsbridge Road. You'll see products from Thailand, Vietnam, China and the Philippines.
YUMMY TIP: Look for home-made specialties, including delicious banana fritters, red bean pudding and sticky rice, made from Cambodian recipes. The owners are always willing to help so don’t hesitate to ask.
Take the #4 the D train to Kingsbridge Road.

This borough also has some of the best Bangladeshi food around. Many markets and restaurants are clustered on or near Starling Avenue in the Parkchester section of The Bronx. A popular favorite is Bangla Garden at 1864 Westchester Avenue. The street level restaurant has just a handful of tables, but you can go downstairs to eat. Vegetarians will love the menu. Right next door is Bangla Town Supermarket at 1860 Westchester Avenue, with a great selection of products from South Asia and other specialties from around the world.
YUMMY TIP: The spinach rice and their chicken kofta in a yogurt sauce is especially tasty.
Take the #6 train to the Parkchester station.

Myra Alperson is the founder and owner of Noshwalks and Noshnews. Noshwalks is a walking tour company that specializes in food tours. Go to www.noshwalks.com for more information, check Noshwalks on Facebook or send e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Customize your tour. It’s a great culinary adventure for friends, family, school groups or business colleagues.


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Born in Alsace-Lorraine, France, restaurateur Stephane Kane made City Island the home of BistroSK, the only French restaurant in The Bronx. Established in 2011 BSK specializes in Gallic favorites such as escargot persillés (escargot in a garlic and parsley butter sauce) and coq au vin (chicken stew in red wine). But the restaurant is also known for the best mussels this side of the Atlantic.

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