Looking for a little taste of home, mama? Here’s our guide to the best international grocers in Singapore!
As much of a wonderful melting pot as Singapore is, every now and then it’s nice to have a little taste of home, isn’t it, mamas? Whether it’s your favourite sugary snack, a particular toiletry you just can’t find at the drugstore, or a hard-to-find cheese, we all have those items we just don’t want to let go of. While we’ll never stop stuffing our suitcases with favourite products on our trips home, isn’t it nice to know that multi-cultural Singapore is filled to the brim with international grocery stores? Here are your best bets if you want to do a global shopping tour:
Huber’s Butchery (Europe, Australia & North America)
A family business run by Swiss butcher Ernst Huber and his two Singaporean sons, Huber’s at Dempsey is a one-stop shop for premium meats and gourmet groceries, importing the finest meats from around the world like Australian Grass-Fed Angus, Iberico Ham from Spain, Hungarian sausage, Canadian Kurobata Pork and much more. It’s also got Singapore’s largest cheese selection, with over 100 varieties from Switzerland, Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Australia. Fondue party, anyone? To top it off, they’ve got heaps of fresh veggies flown in from Australia and are the exclusive purveyors of a number of gourmet brands from Oz and Europe covering everything from granola to chocolates. Bonus points for the awesome playground!
Huber’s Butchery, 22 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249679, Tel: (+65) 6737 1588, www.hubers.com.sg
La Petite Boutique (France)
Opened in 2014 by two food lovers, this charming little shop in Serangoon Gardens stocks all your French favourites, including over 80 different types of cheeses (house-made Truffle Brie, anyone?), delicious charcuterie, and a carefully curated selection of French wines and Champagnes. They also carry fine grocery items like truffle oil, handmade pastas, Himalayan rock salt and more – basically anything you could want to make a meal truly special! Step in and you just might think you’ve been transported to Paris, mama!
Little Farms (Australia)
Newly-opened in February, Little Farms is a neighbourhood grocer in River Valley that particularly prides itself on the very best produce, meats, seafood, dairy and more. There’s a real focus on the farm-to-table philosophy: products are flown in multiple times a week (often within 24 hours of leaving the actual farm!) to ensure super freshness. And while everything is topnotch quality, their prices are pleasantly competitive with less premium stores. Not close to Valley Point? Keep a lookout, mama: Little Farms plans to roll out online home delivery soon!
Little Farms, 491 River Valley Rd, #01-20, Singapore 248371, Tel: (+65) 6262 0619, www.littlefarms.com
Lula’s Cupboard (New Zealand)
Where the Kiwis at?! Lula’s is an online shop that not only stocks hard-to-find New Zealand favourites like Vogel’s Bread, Ti Tonics and Pascall Lollies, but also sources gorgeous products like New Zealand King Salmon, Green Lipped Mussels, and Premium Lamb in a variety of cuts. They’ve also got a sizeable Gluten-Free range.
Belmonte Latin Foods (Mexico and Latin America)
Ever tried to make authentic salsa only to realise you couldn’t find tomatillos or the right kind of green chillies? Or maybe you’ve found that grocery store wraps just don’t cut it for Taco Tuesday. Belmonte’s got you covered with authentic tortillas, heaps of fresh produce straight from Mexico — even Tequila!
Belmonte Latin Foods, 5 Ridgewood Close, #G5 Ridgewood Condo Retail Wing, Singapore 276696, Tel: (+65) 6245 1413, www.belmontemex.com
Emporium Shokuhin (Japan)
You might feel like you’ve taken a trip to Tokyo at this gleaming (and massive!) grocery store in Marina Square. Naturally there’s a fab array of fresh meats and seafood (including sushi!), along with all sorts of Japanese groceries, all beautifully packaged and presented. They also offer online shopping!
German Market Place (Germany and Europe)
This Bukit Timah mainstay has got all manner of biscuits, crackers, and breakfast foods – to say nothing of the lecker sweet shop! – along with frozen foods, pickles, and even personal care items. Word is they carry much more than just German stuff, too, with products from nearby Holland, Belgium, and even Scandinavia on offer as well.
Along with their famous Swedish meatballs, IKEA’s two stores also carry a nice little range of Swedish groceries, from frozen pancakes, to marinated herring, to elderflower syrup, to biscuits and much more.
The Outpost Trading Co. (United States)
Having a party (or got the munchies)? This little shop attached to Smokey’s American BBQ carries all sorts of American craft beers, liquors, and snack foods. You can’t do your weekly grocery shop here, but can pick up lots of hard-to-find Goldfish and pretzel varieties!
The Outpost Trading Co., 71 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427788, Tel: (+65) 6345 6457, www.facebook.com/The-Outpost-Trading-Co
Sol Mart (South Korea)
Trying your hand at Kimchi, mama? Or perhaps you want to pick up a particular beer or Soju that you sampled at a barbecue joint? This chain is your best bet for finding popular Korean staples.
Sol Mart The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #01-06, Singapore 138617, Tel: (+65) 6334 1324, Sol Mart Square 2, 10 Sinaran Drive #03-06/08, Singapore 307506, www.solmart.com.sg
Straits Marine Supply (Turkey)
Looking for an authentic olive oil or the best spices for making Middle Eastern or Mediterranean dishes? Head to Singapore’s leading importer of Turkish and Mediterranean goodies like cheese, tea, coffee, olive oil, spices and much more. And of course they’ve got Baklava and Turkish Delight!
African Marketplace (South Africa and Africa)
Surveying international grocers seems to suggest that biscuits and crackers are perhaps the products that vary most from one country to another; sure enough, African Marketplace carries a wide range of both, along with chips, cereals, spreads and spices. They’ve also got you covered for your next braai with frozen and pre-packaged meat along with local beers and wines.
Thai Mart (Thailand)
Not surprisingly, head to this spot in the Golden Mile Complex to pick up your Thai groceries (particularly spices, drinks, and fruits) if you’re looking to replicate your favorite Tom Yum or mango sticky rice, mama.
Thai Mart, 5001 Beach Road #02-64 Golden Mile Complex, Singapore 199588, www.thaimart.com.sg