Cary is conveniently located right next to the world-renowned Research Triangle Park and the Raleigh – Durham Airport, where some of the area’s biggest companies are located. Many families who relocate to the area for work in RTP make Cary their home for obvious reasons, and as a result, there is an incredibly diverse population from most parts of the world living in Cary, especially many newcomers from India and Asia. This diversity is reflected in the numerous new international restaurants and markets that have opened up in Cary in recent years.

These 10+ restaurants and markets below are positively contributing to Cary’s booming ethnic food scene. Be sure to check them out!


Bosphorus serves up delicious Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine that is prepared authentically and with zabiha/halal meat products. It offers all of your favorite Mediterranean foods, such as hummus and gyros. Dine in or takeout! Definitely, give the Turkish coffee a try. It’s intense!

Awaze Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine

Awaze Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine is named for a regional condiment that is a mix of garlic, wine, and berbere. It features authentic Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes such as Key Wot, which is chopped beef and onions simmered in berbere sauce.

Himalayan Nepali Cuisine

Himalayan Nepali Cuisine is a favorite of Cary locals that are fans of Indian food! It features traditional Indian fare such as Samosas, Biryani, and Tandoori dishes. If you come for lunch Monday-Thursday, try one of the Nepali Thali lunch specials, which includes Daal, Bhaat, Tarkari, Achaar (Lentil, Rice, Cooked Vegetable, Pickle or Chutney), naan, and desserts.

Banana Leaf

Banana Leaf specializes in modern and traditional Cantonese dishes but also offers Chinese and Thai dishes. Fans of Asian food love its diverse menu! Popular dishes include Crispy Peking Duck, Beef Brisket Stew, and the Sliced Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetables.

Thai Spices & Sushi

Can’t decide if you want Pad Thai or a California Roll? You can have both at Thai Spices & Sushi! It features a variety of Thai Curry and noodle dishes in addition to a traditional sushi menu.

Cary’s Best Ethnic Markets

Pro’s Epicurean Market

Pro’s Epicurean Market is a cafe, wine bar, and market all rolled into one! It features European cuisine that is sure to inspire you to make your own delicious meals at home. Find all of the ingredients and grocery items you need to create European-inspired dishes here!


Hmart is new to the ethnic market scene in Cary, and it has quickly become a favorite. Inside Hmart, you will find a plethora of Asian produce and groceries, along with a bakery and a food court that features all types of Asian cuisines. Hmart is more than a market, it is an experience. You should definitely check it out!

Baghdad Bakery

Baghdad Bakery is mostly known for the fresh Samoon bread they serve up fresh every day, but be sure to check out the market for Middle Eastern grocery items, desserts, and candies!

Harmony Mediterranean Market

Harmony Mediterranean Market is a Turkish deli and grocery. Here you will find items such as Turkish Nutella cookies, Sekerpare cookies, and other Turkish/Mediterranean grocery items.

Patel Brothers

Patel Brothers offers some of the best authentic Indian ingredients and groceries in Cary! What’s most impressive about this store is the selection of spices. The prices are great as well!

Experiencing different foods and cultures makes life in Cary all the more richer and interesting. We are fortunate to have so many ethnic restaurants, and markets close by and right in the heart of Wake County! If you are interested in learning more about different cultures, check the Town of Cary website for details on annual cultural festivals such as Ritmo Latino or Cary Diwali.

So what are some of your favorite ethnic restaurants or international markets in Cary? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Cary Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN