Off Campus Highlight: Lotus Asian Market

Dining halls just not good enough tonight? Looking for something to do to get away from campus? No idea on where to get a specific thing? Completely lost the minute you get off at the Metro Station or just looking for a recommendation? Have no fear OCH is here!

If there's something that Santa Cruz is in severe lack of, it's Asian markets. Normally student's would have to either drive the Highway 17 to reach one or make due with the overpriced goods that are available in Santa Cruz. Imagine my relief when I found out that there was in fact an Asian market in Santa Cruz.

The Lotus Asian Market is owned by the owner of Thai Basil Restaurant at Capitola Village. It's a small store with a small but reasonably priced selection from curry, rice, snacks, and ramen

to pottery and clothing

It doesn't have the wide selection that most Asian markets usually do but for us UCSC students, I feel that it'll do.

Honestly, you really can't go wrong here (well unless you really don't like Asian food). There's quite a bit of stock here that I don't usually see in Santa Cruz and what I do normally see isn't horribly overpriced here.

Price Range: It depends on what you get, but honestly I don't think this place would break the bank unless you were going to buy their entire stock on something. They do have a $10 min on credit card purchases though, so be warned.


Monday-Saturday: 11:00am-6:00pm

Sunday: Closed

Directions: From the Metro Station, take a bus to Capitola Mall (69a/w, 66, or 68) then go right on 41 Avenue passing Capitola Road and Jade Street. It should be on the left side of the street next to a Subway and a Papa Murphy's Pizza.