Get the groceries you need at these supermarkets and online marts in Singapore!
No! There is no need to rush down to a supermarket to stock up on groceries and supplies. Our grocers and supermarkets remain well-stocked and efficiently managed, especially since there are so many options to choose from!
Thinking of assembling a romantic dinner for two, or even cooking up a feast for the family? Well, read on as we introduce to you where to get your quality ingredients or even a taste of home. From mega-supermarkets to specialised grocers, we’ve got you covered!
You are never too far away from a supermarket in Singapore. These well-stocked and organised shopping havens allow shoppers like us to pick out our groceries in air-conditioned comfort. Perhaps the largest and most well-known supermarket chain on the island is NTUC’s FairPrice. With 230 outlets across the country, they offer affordable and high-quality groceries for Singaporeans. You might even spot different types of FairPrice; such as the premium FairPrice Finest, the hypermarket FairPrice Xtra, or a more convenient FairPrice Xpress.
Cold Storage is the upmarket chain that is popular with affluent locals as well as expats, as are its various Market Place iterations. Giant is regarded as the relatively more affordable major chain with them implementing a “price-freeze” on certain products — these products are fixed at a low price for a period of time to ensure that Singaporeans can continue to afford them. Also on the list are Sheng Shiong Supermarkets and Prime Supermarkets, serving the heartlands cheap and quality groceries.
2. Wet Markets
Wet Markets, nestled in the vibrant residential estates across Singapore, remain community spaces which exudes its own unique charm. After getting over the lack of air-cons and the messy (yet organised) displays, these marketplaces serve up fresh vegetables, meats and seafoods at prices that can’t be found anywhere else!
Notable wet markets include the ones at Tekka Wet Market, Tiong Bahru Wet Market, Geylang Serai Wet Market, as well as Hougang Village Wet Market. These places teem with life in the morning from as early as 5 a.m., and shelves are usually wiped empty before noon. Vegetables go as cheap as less than a dollar!
Here’s a tip! Want to enjoy freshness of wet markets without having to leave your house? Source for your ingredients on Shopee Wet Market where over 100 trusted sellers are offering fresh chilled and frozen produce with 2-day doorstep delivery. Worried about the shipping costs? Fret not, as you’ll get to enjoy free shipping from top Shopee Wet Market sellers, plus a 5 cents welcome deal for all new Shopee Wet Market users. Or else, try out TADA Fresh’s Tiong Bahru Market for islandwide delivery as well!
3. Online Grocers
Online grocers have taken the country by storm! More have been choosing to stay at home and get their groceries delivered. many supermarkets and digital platforms have stepped up to serve this growing market. Lazada’s RedMart is Singapore’s most well-known online-only grocer, offering freshness and affordability delivered right to your doorstep. Get fresh produce like USA strawberries or household items like kitchen towels from RedMart! Oh, and don’t forget the Shopee Wet Market too where you can experience the bustle of a local wet market from the comfort of your own home!
Amazon Fresh is another popular choice, so are smaller players like The Farmer’s Market and Greenies (the vegetarian option) which offer a wide selection at affordable prices. Also in the game are food delivery platforms, ranging from Foodpanda’s PandaMart to Grab’s GrabMart, as well as Deliveroo’s supermarket delivery options (with free delivery until the end of May!). And hey, guess what! NTUC FairPrice delivers too! With many same-day delivery options, shopping has been made ever more convenient!
Just a heads up! Many online grocers have been experiencing high volumes of orders after Singapore’s move to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert). Add your shopping list to your cart early and book a delivery slot soon to avoid disappointment!
4. Gourmet and Speciality Grocers
Many gourmet and specialty grocers have brick-and-mortar stores and can be found online as well. This includes Ryan’s Grocery (for Australian meats plus food allergy-friendly provisions), as well as The Fishwives (for sustainably sourced seafoods and other fresh and packaged foods).
The Providore (for upmarket provisions) and Taste Gourmet Market (for top-quality produce, meats and more) have multiple locations islandwide. Online only, The New Grocer offers premium ingredients which “typically end on the plate of Michelin-starred restaurants.” Delicia Gourmet carries caviar, truffles, fine cheeses, etc.; and Sasha’s Fine Foods delivers its carefully curated items every day (order by 1pm and receive it by 5pm the next day!).
5. International Grocers
Craving for a taste of home? Singapore’s international grocers have got you covered. Popular with locals and expats alike, these providers have cuisine-specific offerings and imported-only goodies for you!
For Japanese products, explore the 10, and rapidly-growing, Don Don Donki outlets (known as Don Quijote in Japan) for all things Japanese, or pop by chains like J-Mart and Medi-Ya. New Zealanders can turn to online grocer Kiwi Kitchen, while the African Market Place delivers groceries and wine from all over Africa.
For a taste of Korea, be spoilt for choice with marts and supermarkets such as Koryo Mart, Shine Korea and Solmart. Indian expats can look no further than Karthika Supermarket or Mustafa Centre near Little India, and Toko Warisan offers halal frozen foods as well as other household items for Muslim shoppers.
Welcome to the multicultural island called Singapore!
6. Organic Grocers
OpenTaste, an online-only platform with delivery, offers fresh produce sorted by farm, and carries a wide organic selection from Australia. iHerb, which claims to provide the “best value in the world for natural products”, has plenty of organic pantry staples (and non-food products) too.
Want to shop in person instead? Check out Brown Rice Paradise at Tanglin Mall, SuperNature at Forum The Shopping Mall, or Little Farms with multiple locations islandwide to find a good selection of organic foods. Alternatively, opt to get a weekly bundle of sustainably-sourced organic produce from ShiokFarm (read more about the community-minded brand here).
7. Farmer’s Markets
Yes, you can buy farm-to-table produce in Singapore too! Visit Fire Flies Health Farm or Bollywood Veggies, the latter of which even has an in-house restaurant. Many farmer’s market have been shelved due to the pandemic, but do keep a lookout for the Kranji Countryside’s Farmer’s Market.
8. Seafood Markets
Ah Hua Kelong has been a growing name across the island, serving up fresh seafood and other food products islandwide. They even have two restaurants (one at Jln. Riang and one at Hamilton Rd.) which accepts fresh catches daily and transforms them into tantalising menu items. Ah Hua Kelong does home delivery too (unless you want to take a boat ride out to the fish farm)!
Greenwood Fish Market, which operates three restaurants as well, accepts online orders. Likewise, you can buy or eat flown-in Japanese seafood at Fish Mart Sakuraya’s outlets. Sea farmers @ Ubin is said to sell the freshest oysters around. And the sprawling Jurong Fishery Port offers off-the-boat seafood at wholesale prices (if you shop between 2 and 6 am!). (Note: Jurong and Senoko fishery ports will be consolidated by 2023. The fishery ports are now closed to the wider public due to Covid-19 concerns.)
Sink your teeth into a juicy cut of meat from one of Singapore’s premium butchery businesses. The list includes Culina at Como Dempsey, which also offers meats at select FairPrice Finest and Xtra outlets, Huber’s Butchery & Bistro, Swiss Butchery (whose products are offered at Taste Gourmet Market), and The Butcher (with a few outlets islandwide).
E-grocer The Farmer’s Market also offers ethically and sustainably reared meat cuts that are traceable so you know exactly what and where you’re eating from. Meanwhile, The Meat Club has a unique subscription service for its Australian meats and more, so you don’t have to place orders every week.
Say “cheese”! La Petite Boutique, The Cheese Ark and The Cheese Shop carry a lovely selection of cheeses from various European countries. Aussie brand Jones The Grocer boasts a cheese room at its Dempsey outlet. Last but not the least, cheese selection at La Fromagerie is worth writing home about, too.
11. Baking Specialists
Source for your baking ingredients, pastry tarts, cake decorating supplies and much more at Bake With Yen, or at the various RedMan by Phoon Huat outlets (which sells baking equipment, utensils and other useful baking items too!). In addition, consider as well Bake King on Haig Road, and Sun Lik Trading on Seah Street. All have e-stores which may offer delivery too!
12. Department Stores
Some department stores have in-house supermarkets (serving up fresh groceries) for the avid shopper. This lists includes Marks & Spencer (which even have supermarket-only outlets without the fashion), Isetan, TANGS, as well as Takashimaya.
13. Convenience Stores
The common names in Singapore’s convenience stores market include 7-Eleven, Cheers, and Choices (found at SPC petrol stations). Moreover, they can be found everywhere (conveniently, of course), and they offer a wide selection of ready-to-eat products and daily groceries! You can even pay bills, withdraw cash, and top-up your prepaid cards over their counters!
Otherwise, keep a sharp eye for minimarts nestled within the heartlands, often times beneath a HDB Block. These cozy minimarts, affectionately called Mama shops, offers a throwback for many Singaporeans. Visit them to grab a drink, a cold ice-cream, or even some freshly-steamed buns!
By Joanne Poh for The Finder Issue 306, March 2021 / Images: credited to respective businesses and social media pages + 123RF.com / Last updated by Derrick Tan, May 2021