At Expat Living we’re always on the hunt for all things new and noteworthy in Singapore, especially when it comes to filling our bellies and keeping the family busy. That’s why when we heard about habitat by honestbee, Singapore’s first tech-enabled grocery and dining experience, we were keen to take a look.
Just Scan & Go
One of the coolest things here is the convenient and easy-to-use cashless system. To enter the store, download the honestbee app and scan your Bee Pass. To shop and checkout, once you’ve picked up your groceries, they’ll be scanned and packed for you and you can pick them up from the collection point when you’re ready to go (also, no queues – hurrah!). The process is even speedier if you buy ten items or less; you can take your purchases instantly using the Scan & Go feature on the app.
Food For All
The giant warehouse building just off Pasir Panjang Road is one big foodie paradise. Inside there’s more than 15 food and beverage concepts to try, cooking up cuisines from around the world. Choose from five types of fish from Fish, which serves up traditional fish and chips; Cantonese roasts which infuse jasmine tea from Char; pancakes from Poofy by Riz Labo (their menu includes gluten-free options which use rice flour and soy milk); grain bowls from Fresh Beets; coffee from Hinoki (they use Kyoto-roasted coffee beans!) as well as tasty loaves and homemade kaya from Lazy Loaf. Simply order your food, pay using the app and wait for it to be served. Easy.
Fresh & Diverse
When it comes to groceries, habitat by honestbee has one food marketplace that will impress. Housing over 20,000 Asian and international products, you’ll find brands you recognise from all over the world including Australia, Asia, Europe and America. Look out for Olsson’s Raw Macrobiotic Sea Salt, Elene’s table pine honey from Greece and Dry Aged 60 days GOP USA Prime Ribs (all the makings of a great barbecue right there!)
For fruits and veggies, the store offers farm-to-table freshness, plus we were impressed by the seafood selection of locally-caught fish and aged meats from the butchery. You can even pick up beautiful fresh blooms from the florist counter – a collaboration with Far East Flora.
Keep ’Em Busy
With plenty of seating peppered around the place, it’s also a great spot to chill and hang with friends and family, especially if you all like different food! There’s also an area called Shufu, a cosy corner curated with books and comfy sofas, which is ideal for lounging (or depositing the kids at while the adults get on with the shop!). Regular weekend activities are held, which are fun for all ages, including things like food styling, scent making, silk screen painting and more.
34 Boon Leat Terrace. Open daily 8am till 10pm.
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