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 shopping for food on the island. In fact, there are plenty of options for picking up affordable, 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.
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Available across eight countries, honestbee is one of Asia’s leading online marketplaces. The newly launched ‘habitat by honestbee’ is a cool multi-sensory dining and grocery concept, which also happens to be the world’s first tech-enabled supermarket. Offering over 20,000 products – think seasonal produce, meats, cheeses and daily essentials – from Asia and around the globe, as well as more than 15 brand new food and beverage concepts from grain bowls to homemade kombucha, the massive 60,000-square-feet store is a must-visit for any foodie.
Here you’ll find Singapore’s largest variety of truffle products, wagyu, oysters, loose rice and DOP-certified balsamic vinegar. Meat lovers will also enjoy the butcher section, which offers a wide selection of aged and fresh meats. How does payment work? First, you’ll need to download the honestbee app to enter the store. Once you’ve picked your groceries, they’ll be scanned and packed for you by robots so you can pick them up from the collection point when you’re ready to go. 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.
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An online platform akin to a “global farmer’s market”, OpenTaste grants its customers wholesale rate 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 bricks-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 or $5.99 per month) 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.
Remart is one of our go-tos as it’s easy to use and delivery is fast. It offers island-wide delivery of a huge selection of supermarket products – including alcohol, household items, pantry staples and fresh groceries. Plus, if you buy in bulk, Redmart can be very good value.
Free delivery if you order above $100, or $40 for LiveUp members.
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.
Cold Storage has 48 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.
From large hyper-marts to small convenience stores, Giant 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, stationary 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.
FairPrice Finest has at least 15 outlets around Singapore’s major shopping centres and offers a wide selection of Western, Asian and local brands. 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) 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.
Free delivery if you order above $39.
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 – the locals use different names for many things
• That weird smell is probably durian. Embrace it, it’s everywhere!
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.
Sasha’s bestsellers are Mount Cook Freshwater Alpine salmon (New Zealand) – which is a big hit with kids thanks to its mild, non-oily flavour – free-range pork from Wicks Manor Farm (England) and her truly free-range chicken (England). 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. Psst… Sasha’s Fine Foods recently came in as a finalist in two categories of our Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 – Online Grocer and Gourmet & International Food Store!
Free delivery for orders above $200; otherwise $10. Free same-day delivery for orders above $250. Delivery is seven days a week.
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!
Psst.. Enjoy $50 off your first order (minimum spend of $100) when you join Auto-Pilot. Simply enter the code “EXPATLIVING50” before checking out.
Free delivery for orders above $60
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 $180.
Recently awarded first place in two categories in our Readers’ Choice Awards 2019, this online grocer – which also has four stores islandwide – is known for its fresh, organic and ethical options. From fresh seafood to avos and acai tubs, Little Farms sources most of its goods from Australia, which are then air-freighted into Singapore multiple times a week for maximum freshness.
Free delivery for orders above $85.
For more helpful tips head to our living in Singapore section.