Tamburini, Antica Salsamenteria Bolognese, Bologna
Francis Ford Coppola is simply one of many many followers of this second-generation purveyor of regional delicacies from round Emilia-Romagna. Metallic hooks, as soon as used to remedy hunks of mortadella from the rafters, nonetheless enhance the ceiling and the umami-heady funk of aged Parmigiano-Reggiano perfumes the store. Since opening in 1932, in Bologna’s Quadrilatero, a labyrinth of medieval streets, the shop shares a number of the greatest charcuterie on the town. When proprietor Giovanni Tamburini isn’t rubbing elbows with native politicians over plates of superlative tortellini, he performs in a rock band named Ciccioli Ciccioli, which suggests “pork cracklings” in native dialect. Through the month main as much as Christmas, Bolognesi come right here to refill on bottles of bubbles and baskets of gourmand goodies.• Through Caprarie 1, tamburini.comDiana Hubbell
Antica Drogheria Mascari, Venice

The Rialto neighbourhood stays integral to town’s resilient native inhabitants and, on Christmas Eve morning, Venetian households arrive to peruse the stalls of the fish, fruit and vegetable markets to do their purchasing for the normal vigilia dinner that night. The one retailer everybody stops off at is Antica Drogheria Mascari. Near the Rialto Bridge, on the Calle degli Spezieri (road of the spice retailers), the place unique riches from internationally have been traded for 700 years, Mascari is greater than only a spice emporium. Each inch is full of goodies: uncommon balsamic vinegar, truffles and dried mushrooms, vibrant spices, herbs and teas, preserved fruits, chunks of hazelnut-stuffed chocolate. The Mascari household opened the shop in 1948 and Mamma Sonia continues to be behind the counter, assisted by her sons Gabriele and Gino, who’ve prolonged the shop with a cantina, showcasing a stellar assortment of Italian wines. Christmas specialities? Select between the traditional panettone (€13.90) from Milan or conventional buranelli candy, exhausting biscuits – baked on the lagoon island of Burano and historically dipped in candy vin santo (€2.90).• Calle degli Spezieri 381, San Polo, imascari.comJohn Brunton
Comer e Chorar por Mais, Porto

Considered one of Porto’s old-style grocery shops (mercearias), Comer e Chorar por Mais has been filling larders with conventional Portuguese produce since 1912. Flooring-to-ceiling cabinets of port line the partitions nevertheless it’s the foodstuffs on this family-owned retailer that may have you ever “crying for extra” (chorar por mais). No festive desk in Porto is full with out a spherical slab of amanteigado (€23.50 per kilo), a tender cheese eaten with lemony sponge cake. Dried and crystallised fruits mark one other must-buy, with pumpkin (€11.95 per kilo) among the many extra uncommon flavours. Carnivores shouldn’t go away with out a fats slice of pig’s neck (€24.50 per kilo), which is marinated in wine, garlic and laurel, earlier than present process a severe smoking. And Porto’s iconic Bolhão market is on the doorstep, although it’s at present beneath renovation.• Rua Formosa 300, comerechorarpormais.comOliver Balch
Montal, Zaragoza

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Based in 1919, this family-run enterprise is full of historical past, custom and ambiance – in addition to sausage, wine and cheese. The main focus is on artisan-produced, high-quality native merchandise – and the Aragon area, of which Zaragoza is the capital, affords wealthy pickings. Store for chorizos, a wonky wheel of Tronchón goat and ewes milk cheese, truffles from Teruel, jars of foie and pate and curious stews (quail and pochas beans, maybe?) and superbly packaged fancy candy stuff (the chocolate-covered glacé fruit indulgence Frutas de Aragón is a should). All Spain shares up on the hoofed legs of jamón hanging over-the-counter, and packing containers of nougatty turrón within the run-up to Christmas – attempt the Turrón al cava Puyet, or the nutty Aragón variation guirlache. An enormous bodega shares uncommon wines from far and extensive however the number of wines from the 4 native D.O.s is unparalleled: Campo de Borja, Calatayud and Carinena – all famend for garnacha/grenache – and mountainous Somontano, famed for chardonnay and gewürztraminer. You possibly can eat and drink what you purchase on web site; attempt a degustación at La Despensa, a horny, laid-back seating space; or step into Montal’s spectacular restaurant set in an adjoining 16th-century Renaissance palace and dine richly in model. • Torre Nueva 29, montal.esSorrel Downer
Queviures Múrria, Barcelona

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Glowing seductively on a chamfered nook of the good Eixample neighbourhood, family-run Queviures Múrria is likely one of the final of Barcelona’s actually historic retailers. Based on the flip of the 19th century, it bursts with modernist prospers within the carved picket shelving and inked-glass commercial panels bearing designs by Catalan artist Ramón Casas. The chiller cupboards groan with cheeses and charcuterie towards a backdrop of additional virgin oils, champagne and cava (at €8, the home cava – gentle and fruity, and made with chardonnay – is a cut price in these lofty environment). On Christmas Eve, nonetheless, the queue stretches out of the door for the normal handmade wafers referred to as neules, and packing containers of moscovitas (crunchy, chocolate-drenched biscuits, €14).• Carrer de Roger de Llúria, 85, murria.catSally Davies
Käfer Feinkostladen, Munich

Launched in 1930 by Elsa and Paul Käfer, this third-generation household enterprise is the place well-heeled Bavarians go to choose up baked items and ready dishes for vacation events. The luxurious delicatessen in Schwabing boasts greater than 800 forms of wine and 350 cheeses, to not point out an assortment of charcuterie and seafood. If the choice appears overwhelming, the employees are joyful to supply suggestions. Each the costs and the standard are exceptionally excessive, that means locals have a tendency to avoid wasting their buying splurge for the festive season. Throughout the remainder of the 12 months, the small gastronomic empire does a brisk enterprise in upscale catering. The household can be chargeable for the one Oktoberfest tent the place the friends usually tend to be ingesting champagne than lager.• Prinzregentenstrasse 73, feinkost-kaefer.deDH
Yeliseyev Retailers Meals Corridor (Eliseev Emporium), St Petersburg

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In an early-20th-century artwork nouveau constructing on Nevsky Prospect, Yeliseyev Retailers Meals Corridor is as lavishly adorned as a number of the metropolis’s palaces – with gold mouldings and stained-glass home windows. Towers of goodies and sweets (with a price ticket to match) add to the posh setting. There’s a patisserie and confectionary part, a wine nook, a restaurant, and a meat-and-cheese counter. Since Russia launched sanctions on western meat and dairy produce in 2014, solely Russian cheese will be bought right here; it doesn’t boast a very good foodie status however may make a superb curiosity buy. For some Christmas spirit, take a look at the Nutcracker-themed window show and get mulled wine to remove (from £5), and festive goodies – with Russian Santa or Father Frost designs – are standard as they have been a conventional youngsters’s reward even throughout the Soviet occasions (£6). It’s additionally proper throughout the highway from the Alexandrinsky theatre and a 15-minute stroll from the Winter Palace.• 56 Nevsky Prospect, kupetzeliseevs.ruSasha Raspopina
Libeřské Lahůdky, Prague

This small, family-owned native chain has a number of areas in Prague and is an oasis for homely Czech meals in an often-overpriced and tourist-crowded metropolis. The look of the retailers is reasonably pedestrian however don’t let that drive you away – the straightforward canteen look is part of the appeal for the locals, who wish to pop in for truffles, bread and jams or get snacks to eat at one of many stand-up tables by the home windows. Within the contemporary meals part, go for the normal open sandwiches, chlebičky: bread rolls topped with numerous pates and spreads (attempt the creamy carrot and shredded beetroot ones). Additionally, get your hands on chilly cuts, cheeses, and conventional pastries within the form of little wheels (liberske kolače), that are crammed with fruit, and don’t miss melt-in-the-mouth cottage cheese and poppy-seed paste. You possibly can even assemble a real Czech Christmas hamper by choosing up raspberry and buckthorn jam, cherry and liqueur goodies, conventional chocolate crammed waffles and a bottle of native alcohol, akin to candy Republica rum or herby Becherovka.• 9 Vodičkova Avenue, liberskelahudky.czSR
À la Mère de Famille, Paris

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One of many oldest meals retailers in Paris, with a good-looking facade unchanged for the reason that Belle Epoque, À la Mère de Famille isn’t strictly a deli, however a beautiful time capsule of a candy store. Its vintage cupboards are laden with nostalgic French candies; from chocolate orangettes (candied orange peel dipped in chocolate) to the well-known calissons of Aix-en-Provence, a paste of crystallised melon and almonds lined in icing. French households are recognized to deliver out spectacular shows of “13 Desserts” after dinner; a Provençale custom that entails arranging 13 separate rows of candied fruits, biscotins (fancy biscuits), marzipan, nougat and different sugary delicacies on a tray. Refill on the 250-year-old family-run store and don’t overlook the candy wine for Santa’s evening cap and a number of pâte à tartiner (chocolatey spreads) for the breakfast desk.• 35 rue du Faubourg Montmartre, lameredefamille.comVanessa Grall, creator of Don’t Be a Vacationer
Schaller and Weber, New York

In a metropolis that’s consistently altering, meals stalwarts are exhausting to come back by however Schaller and Weber, based in 1937, stays an Higher East Aspect establishment. The German butcher-cum-specialty meals retailer is likely one of the final vestiges of outdated Yorkville: a New York district that’s traditionally Central European. And it nonetheless serves a number of the best charcuterie, smoked Bavarian Rauchkäse cheese, and bone broth within the metropolis. Come Christmas, choose up imported marzipan ($6.99). In fact, nothing in New York has remained fully impervious to vary: subsequent door, the homeowners have opened Stube, a classy, if tiny, sandwich-shop serving Korean-fusion kielbasa and different high-end lunch fare.• 1654 2nd Avenue, schallerweber.comTara Isabella Burton