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The Sassy Mama Guide: Where to Buy Groceries in Singapore

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Groceries_dcgWe’ve all done it – had a bit of a moan about not being able to find our favourite foods in Singapore. Well complain no more mamas! We’ve hunted around (and spent far too many hours “shopping” in the name of research) to bring you our comprehensive guide to buying groceries in Singapore. From fresh fruit and veggies, to cupboard staples, meat, dairy and everything in between, it’s time to stock those cupboards, mama!

For your everyday essentials

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Cold Storage

Your go-to supermarket for all your shopping needs; depending on which store you go to, some tend to have more variety than others. Our fave is their Great World City location – it’s huge and has a fantastic section of health conscious and allergy friendly products.

Various locations across Singapore — see the website for details

Fairprice

One of the largest grocery retailers in Singapore, it’s a good choice if you’re looking to stock up on your everyday staples at really good prices. With stores dotted around the island, the Killiney Road location is a Sassy Mama fave.

Various locations across Singapore — see the website for details

Fairprice Finest

The more international version of good ol’ Fairprice, you’ll find a good selection of international brands at competitive prices. We love their Bukit Timah Plaza location as it has a good balance of local and international brands – just be warned mama that it’s often packed on weekends and its location means it can be tricky getting a taxi home.

Various locations across Singapore — see the website for details

Giant

The ultimate Singapore hypermarket, you can get everything you’ll ever need (plus much more!) under one roof. With wallet friendly prices and a massive selection, this is your budget super store – you can even pick up reasonably priced electrical goods, stationary and outdoor goods here.

Various locations across Singapore — see the website for details

Isetan

This department store’s new Japanese inspired supermarket stocks a massive range of groceries and is a convenient choice for Orchard or Tanglin mamas who need to do a weekly shop.

Basement level, Shaw House, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208

Marketplace

A haven for home-sick mamas (or anyone who’s looking for high-end Western groceries), these guys have a huge variety to choose from – they even stock a good range of American brands too, although prices can be a tad painful on the hip pocket.

Various locations across Singapore — see the website for details

Meidi-Ya Supermarket

This Japanese supermarket sells a great selection of Japanese condiments, tofu and shirataki noodles (for the carb-concious) as well as all your other daily household needs. Its location in Liang Court makes it easy to swing past after a morning spent playing with the kiddos at Royce Kids Gym or The City.

177 River Valley Road, #B1-50 Liang Court, Singapore 179030

Sheng Siong

With a large selection of fresh, frozen and pantry items at super competitive prices, this chain of supermarkets are lovingly tucked away within the many HDB blocks in Singapore.

Various locations across Singapore — see the website for details

For your fresh fruit and vegetables

For super fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, heading to your local wet market is always a good idea – produce doesn’t come any fresher than this!

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Tiong Bahru Market

According to many mamas-in-the know Tiong Bahru wet market has some of the freshest produce around (it even has a great selection of organic stalls) and is conveniently located just a five-minute walk from the MRT station. Check out our Sassy Mama review here!

83 Seng Poh Road, Tiong Bahru, Singapore

Tekka Centre

Located in Little India, this 2-storey indoor wet market is one of the largest in Singapore and home to the last spice grinding shops in the area. You’ll find items here you won’t find in other wet markets. Read Sassy Mama Mel’s top tips for shopping this popular wet market here!

665 Buffalo Road, Singapore 210665

If you’re looking for wholesale goods (especially fresh seafood!)

Whilst these gems might not be located in the centre of town, it’s still worth the hike to pick up some fabulous bargains!

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Ben Foods

Located at 1 Fishery Port Road (we realise it’s a bit of a hike, mama!) these guys are one of the biggest food distribution companies in S’pore, and while they used to open their doors to the public on Saturday mornings (sadly their Saturday operation closed back in March), chefs-in-the-making can still pick up their wholesale food goods (you’ll find everything from frozen foods, to pantry staples and even some fruit and veg) on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 3 and 5pm.

1 Fishery Port Road, Jurong, Singapore 619729

FISK

Just across the road from Ben Foods at no. 25 Fishery Port Road, is FISK – the retail store of Scandinavian seafood importer, Snorre Food. You’ll find a wide variety of fresh, frozen and marinated seafood imported from the Norwegian Coast, and with convenient opening hours (they’re open from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday) you can pop down here to stock up on an array of seafood delights.

25 Fishery Port Road, Singapore 619729

Greenwood Fish Market

Located in the quiet neighbourhood enclave of Greenwood Ave, this fish market is unique because you can either buy your fish fresh to prepare at home, or have their chef cook it for you to eat in their bistro (located just a few doors away). Open every day (except Mondays) from 11am to 10pm, this neighbourhood favourite specialises in coldwater fish and seafood from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US.

34 Greenwood Ave, Singapore 289236

Jurong Fishery Port

Although these fishmongers are open throughout the day, a super early visit (we’re talking about a visit between 2am and 4am, mamas!) to no. 35 Fishery Port Road is warranted if you want the freshest catch of the day. Be warned though, you can’t buy in small quantities (think bulk and stock up the freezer or share with your mama friends!), and you’ll need to wear suitable footwear (splish splosh!). Don’t forget your ID either so you can exchange it for an entry pass at the guard post. Open everyday except Mondays.

35 Fishery Port Road, Singapore 619742

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Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre

Not the most kid-friendly place in town, this wholesale centre is packed with a huge variety of fresh fruit and vegetables sold at fantastic prices! Well worth the morning trek, this is where the other market stall owners go to pick their offerings. Between the actual trucks and the warehouses there are several uncles and aunties selling smaller quantities of the fresh stuff at teeny tiny prices. We definitely recommend picking up some super fresh mangoes and pineapples when you’re here – divine!

1 Wholesale Centre, Pasir Panjang, Singapore 110001

Sakuraya Fish Mart

A firm favorite by Japanese food lovers, fans rave about the freshness of the produce here and often eat their freshly purchased fish in their no-frills dining area. With outlets at West Coast Plaza, Parkway Parade and the Anchorpoint, you can be sure to get your fill of fresh seafood prepared ‘Japanese-style’ without having to travel too far!

154 West Coast Road, #B1-50/51/52 West Coast Plaza, Singapore 12737
80 Marine Parade Road, #B1-84D, Parkway Parade, Singapore 449269
370 Alexandra Road, #01-32, Anchorpoint, Singapore 159953

Song Fish

Also across the road from Ben Foods at no. 19 Fishery Port Road is one of the most popular fish dealerships in S’pore! Head here to buy the freshest catch of the day and have the team clean and fillet it for you on the spot. A wide variety of frozen seafood and meat is also available. Open daily from 8am to 5pm (8:30am – 12pm on Sundays and public holidays).

19 Fishery Port Road, Singapore 619729

If you prefer to shop online

Then check out Sassy Mama’s comprehensive round up of online grocery stores in Singapore! If you’re still craving some inspiration, then here’s a few more faves:

Expat Food Hall

These guys deliver hard-to-find foods from the UK, South Africa, Italy and Russia and encourage you to suggest your “wishlist” items (oh yes please!). Head to the website to place your order.
www.expatfoodhall.com

Gourmet Shop

Formally operating as La Fromagerie, this online deli imports all of its cheeses directly from France and is a firm favourite amongst serious cheese lovers. They also have other French delicacies on offer, so it pays to stock up when you order!
www.gourmetshop.com.sg

Sasha’s Fine Foods

Importers of mouth-watering meats from New Zealand, Australia and Europe, these sassy gals totally impress with their premium range of meat, poultry and seafood. Place your order online now so you can make their next shipment.
www.sashasfinefoods.com

Q.B Food

This online grocer sells a lovely range of fresh and frozen meat, fish, cheese and other dried goods at decent prices. Place your order online and have it delivered to your door with zero-fuss — easy peasy, mamas!

www.qbfood.com.sg

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3 thoughts on “The Sassy Mama Guide: Where to Buy Groceries in Singapore

  1. I have been living here for over 16 years and just came back from the U.S. and the UK.
    What a disappointment to go yet again to the supermarket to find it has been remodeled -again- and poorly designed by fragmenting all the groceries. Half of the items I am looking to purchase are out of stock and then I find I am paying more money for fewer items.
    I do not have a car, so popping in and out of specialty shops is not an option.
    What to do?
    The impersonal online shopping now?
    Ps. Its seems the supermarkets are all a crapshoot and monopoly on how much they want to overcharge…and what is in stock, and in what neighbourhood. Very frustrating and off-putting.

  2. Is it my imagination or did QB Food increase their beef prices significantly in the last 6 months while other butchers have held steady? Australian Striploin has moved from 20/kg to 28/kg from July 2016 to Feb 2017.

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