Gallery: Market Tours: Despaña, Soho's Destination Market for Spanish Ingredients

Despaña
Despaña

A peek through the door at Despaña.

Cheese
Cheese

Despaña has some 60 cheeses at the counter, many of them from Asturias, a northern Spanish province.

Cheese plate, take one.
Cheese plate, take one.

A sampling of Despaña’s best fare. Can you spot the Spanish flag?

Chorizo
Chorizo

Despaña got its start making chorizo and other fresh and cured sausages at its factory in Queens.

Fish specialities from Galicia
Fish specialities from Galicia

One of Spain's best exports is its canned fish, and Cabo de Peña is a top line brand.

Canned tuna
Canned tuna

Salas says that this "atún rojo," or red tuna, from Don Bocarte is one of the best he's had in his life.

Olives!
Olives!

There's no "olive bar" at Despaña, but that doesn't mean there aren't olives, and lots of them.

Vinegars and more
Vinegars and more

Often the management picks out a special bottle of oil or vinegar, and sets up a little tasting station on the marble shelves lining this narrow store.

Rice
Rice

These cloth bags of Arroz Bomba, or rice, are perfect for making paella at home.

Piquillo peppers
Piquillo peppers

Slightly sweet and smoky, piquillo peppers are perfect for stuffing with cheese or other savory deliciousness.

Turrón
Turrón

For a sweet bite, pick up a box of Turrón de Alicante, a honey almond nougat.

Vino y más
Vino y más

The classy back corner, with its marble tables for enjoying a bite in-house, is also a showcase for wine, paella pans, cookbooks and carafes.

Pepe
Pepe

Pepe the Bull, named for Intriago's partner, keeps watch over Despaña Soho.