Whether you’re a new expat here or you’re moving to Singapore soon, you’ve probably heard the words “Cold Storage” or “FairPrice” being mentioned in terms of supermarkets and shopping for food. In fact, there are plenty of grocery stores in Singapore for picking up quality produce – it just depends on what you’re after. Some focus on price (cheap), others specialise in premium meat, international fresh fruit or organic choices – most provide online deliveries.
Supermarkets, Grocery Stores and Online Groceries
Little Farms – organic and natural produce online and in-store
This smaller supermarket in Singapore has grown very quickly over the last few years and is now in 5 locations. Their cafés and bistros are a good diversion before or after shopping too! For online shopping, their website is good and delivery is next day. You can shop online groceries by type of diet too! There’s heaps of natural and organic products, easy meals and condiments you won’t find in the mainstream supermarkets in Singapore.
Delivery is free when you order $100 and above, and same-day delivery is available when you place your order before 10am.
Five locations island-wide
Gourmet Grocery by OurChoice – online groceries from Europe
This gourmet online grocery store has some of Europe’s finest epicurean foods, curated and sourced online from reputable artisanal suppliers. Prices are very good; there’s even a special tab featuring items at 40 percent off! Rodda’s Cornish Clotted Cream, traditional British cheeses, and pantry staples like pasta sauces, assorted crackers and classic British speciality teas are just some of the treats. You’ll also find delicious afternoon tea sets and DIY cheese platters. For birthdays or special occasions, check out their gift and hamper selection; it includes lots of specialty goods. They’ll also help you create a hamper based on your budget and preferences!
Next-day delivery is free for orders above $50; otherwise, it costs $7. For urgent or last-minute changes to orders or deliveries, call 9058 9605 and quote your order number.
FairPrice Finest has at least 15 outlets around major shopping centres and offers a wide selection of Western, Asian and local brands. At this Singapore supermarket chain, you’ll find fruit and vegetables, organic produce, meat, poultry, fresh sushi (our healthy lunchtime fave!), fresh seafood, alcohol and more. FairPrice (without the Finest) grocery stores are also dotted all over the island. Smaller than their ‘Finest’ counterpart, they stock fewer Western brands and are therefore cheaper. Get a FairPrice store loyalty card to accrue points which are redeemable against purchases.
Cold Storage Supermarket
Cold Storage has 48 grocery stores and many are located in areas with large expat communities. It stocks a large range of international brands (even a Waitrose line!), alongside fresh organic produce, as well as a full range of seafood, meat, alcohol, fresh fruit and vegetables, bread and more. You can use your EZ-Link Passion card to accrue points here, too. Free delivery if you order a minimum of $59.
This supermarket tends to fly under the radar in Singapore, as its 50 or more stores are largely tucked away in the ‘heartland’ areas. Aside from very competitive prices, the main reason to visit is Sheng Siong is the huge selection of quality fresh seafood, including frogs and live lobsters. It also stocks Western brands including dairy, alcohol, packaged food, toiletries and essential household products. The fruit and vegetables are generally high quality – though you may need high tolerance when it comes to that durian smell! Free delivery if you order $100 and above.
From large hyper-marts to small convenience stores, Giant supermarkets can be seen all over the island. This is a very competitively-priced supermarket offering fresh food and groceries. Some outlets also sell general merchandise, including clothing, furniture, toys, stationery and more. While cheap, Giant stocks a very limited range of international products. Use your EZ-Link Passion card to accrue points. Free delivery if you order a minimum of $59.
Specialty grocery stores
Sasha’s Fine Foods
This one-stop online grocer launched in 2011 and is popular for its extensive range of carefully sourced, top quality meat, seafood and many other grocery items. Each year, founder Sasha Conlan makes several trips around the world to visit her suppliers, walking farms and fisheries everywhere from the English countryside to New Zealand’s Alpine rivers and Australian cattle lands. This is what sets this business apart – that its owner is highly involved and hands-on in the process of sourcing quality produce from around the world. She believes there is no other way of truly knowing how the food on your plate has been produced.
Top picks include New Zealand freshwater salmon, Australian free-range chicken, Welsh organic grass-fed beef and succulent English pork. Here you’ll find fresh, premium ingredients without any added hormones or antibiotics; this site is for those who want to make sure that they’re consuming food from reliable sources.
Next-day delivery is free with a minimum spend of $100; otherwise it’s $10.
An online platform akin to a “global farmer’s market”, OpenTaste grants its customers wholesale rates on farm-fresh produce – everything from meat and dairy products to fruits and vegetables, plus a variety of pantry products. That means you can expect prices to be 30 to 50 percent cheaper than for the same items carried at local brick-and-mortar supermarkets and specialty online grocers! There’s also a sizeable selection of organic goodies choose from, including fresh fruits, veggies, and meats.
Premium members ($49.99 per year) enjoy free delivery on all orders over $49, as well as a 2% reward on all purchases. Otherwise, delivery is free on orders with bulk items over $150 and orders without bulk items over $49. Smaller orders cost between $4.95 to $6.95 to deliver.
The Meat Club
Love a weekly meal planner? Us too! Don’t let the grocery shopping trip you up. This online butcher, which specialises in premium Australian produce sourced direct from their suppliers, offers a unique, flexible Auto-Pilot model that delivers fresh produce to your doorstep every four weeks. With no need to re-order and no lock-in contract, there are no worries either – you can defer your order or modify your order at any time. The Meat Club offers a wide range of products that are grass-fed, hormone-free, cage-free, free-range, gluten-free and halal. They have also recently launched a new range of kid-approved vegetable patties that are ready in under 10mins – perfect for busy weekday dinners!
If you’re looking for a wide variety of meats (think prime cuts, sausages, cold cuts, salamis, just to name a few) to be sent to your doorstep, look no further. The meats sold by Huber’s Butchery are imported directly from farms, with all the hams and sausages produced in-house to ensure good quality control. Meat lovers can choose from a decent array of veal, beef, lamb, chicken and pork (marinated or otherwise). This European-styled premium specialty store also sells seafood and gourmet grocery items like bread, vegetables, cheese and fresh herbs on its online site. Free delivery for orders of $75 and above. You’ll receive your items by the next working day if you place your order before 12pm.
For fresh, sustainable seafood and meat, check out The Fishwives, which sources and imports directly from farmers in Australia and New Zealand. You’ll also find a wide range of gourmet products including fresh cheeses, artisanal snacks like The Whole Kitchen’s nut mixes and gluten-free loaves. Free delivery for orders above $100
This gourmet food store has a wide selection of top quality organic, gluten-, allergen- and preservative-free specialty produce, imported exclusively from Australia, Europe and more. Pick up choice cuts from their in-house butchery, including Carbon Neutral certified beef, pork and lamb from Five Founders, Borrowdale and Roaring Forties, respectively. Besides meat and sausages, Ryan’s Grocery also carries everyday pantry items, organic produce, artisanal cheeses and dips, as well as specially curated snacks.
Delivery is free for orders above $150.
The La Mexicana team is passionate about offering the best tortillas in Singapore. These tortillas are made daily at their Sembawang facility; since 2009, they’ve supplied 100% fresh corn tortillas, flour tortillas and corn chips for both wholesale and retail. They’re also a one-stop grocery store for Mexican products and home-made meals, which are freshly prepared and ready to serve. For example, you can get fajitas, Mexican rice, refried beans, guacamole, sour cream and tortillas for four to six people, from $88.80. There’s even a Margarita Kit, where all you need to add is ice.
Delivery costs $7 to $10, depending on your location. Alternatively, you can pick up your order at the CHIJMES Store (#01-19).
Shopping tips before you go:
• You’ll need a dollar to release a trolley, which is ejected when the trolley is returned.
• In the seafood section, the fresh fish can be prepared to your liking. If you choose a whole fish, ask for it to be cleaned (gutted) and/or filleted. The bones will be returned to you with the fish.
• Have Google at the ready – there are different names for many things.
Don’t want to cook? Get a great takeaway or get out of the house. Check out one of these great restaurants in Singapore! Plus 30 more fantastic vegetarian and vegan restaurants!
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