shop selling cured meats and sausages, expensive cheeses, caviar, or luxury confectionery

A delicatessen is a shop that sells prepared foods of high quality to retail customers (shoppers). Typical products are cheeses, smoked fish, and cured meats, "delicacies" that have a long shelf life. The foods requiring refrigeration are kept in and sold from a cold case, or as canned foods on shelves.

Neighborhood delicatessens often feature ethnic foods for immigrant and second-generation patrons.