Habitat by Honestbee is a 'NewGen Retail' experience with advanced technology and robots used to smoothen traffic and inconvenience. Adopting both a dining and grocery concept in a single space, Habitat is said to be 'the world's first tech-integrated multi-sensory grocery shopping experience. Make a trip down and take a peek at their automated cashless checkout process with a robotic collection.
How do you know a neighbourhood is becoming more gentrified? When a gourmet deli/butcher sets up shop. Open since July 2008, Huber’s is more than just a meat seller, they’ve styled this outlet along a more gourmet angle, selling imported dairy products, frozen seafood, salads, fresh breads and even fondue pots. Beyond being the purveyors of prime cuts of meat – popular items include the Australian Stockyard Angus grain-fed beef, lamb chops and sausages – the staff can also attend to any of your portion cutting, marinating, roasting, vacuum packing needs. And as all the butchers are former cooks and chefs, you know your grub is safe in their hands.
The Japanese expat community could never get by without Meidi-Ya. This supermarket is the second overseas branch of Meidi-Ya and brings customers a wide variety of fresh food imported from Japan. It consists of a fully fledged Japanese supermarket, as well as sweet shops, a pharmacy, gelato stand, several food stands and a restaurant – all Japanese. Meidi-Ya also supplies a variety of in-house products such as a range of colourful syrup of traditional flavours for best tasting drinks labelled “My Syrup”.
For cheese and premium food items
It's easy to drool over the gourmet options at this cafe/grocers in Dempsey Hill. I mean, the place has a dedicated walk-in cheese room at the corner of the space. If you’ve not gone down to drool over this posh grocer’s delectable gourmet options, it’s time you did. Since opening it's first store outside Australia, Jones the Grocer has become the place to shop for premium food items. If you need help on your cheese, the store also offers locally crafted cheese and has an in-house fromager to assist with all purchases.
Disguised from the bustle of Orchard Road, organic and natural food and health store SuperNature specializes in certified imported groceries, children’s food, supplements, cleaning products for those wanting to be more down-to-Earth, and gain a cleaner conscience towards Mother Earth. SuperNature has also added a farm box delivery service to their range of organic foods, groceries, homecare, health supplements and wellness products for the busy ones.
With five stores across the island and a new flagship, The Providore is a convenient spot to pick up gourmet products and other kitchen staples. Choose from a selection of custom-blended teas, Swiss chocolates, and jams – each beautifully packaged for easy gifting. The retail concept also has a café, deli counter and bakery where you can grab fresh pastries to-go or to enjoy with a freshly brewed cup of Joe.
Big on Japan
You won’t have to make a trip to Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo for premium seafood like uni, Nagasaki bluefin tuna and Hokkaido hairy crab. Pick them up from Emporium Shokuhin Gourmet Grocer, which also stocks Japanese A5 Miyazaki beef and specialty items from the Ehime prefecture. This region of Japan is famed for its citrus products, especially its sweet mandarin oranges, and other dressings, dips, marmalades and vinegars that’ll elevate your home cooking experiments.
After learning of their son’s intolerance to dairy, gluten, nuts, soya, eggs and yeast, the owners of Ryan’s Grocery made numerous trips to Australia to source for products safe for his consumption. The result: one of the widest ranges of allergen-free goods from small farms and farmer’s markets.
It also stocks organic and free-range meat at its butchery, including grass-fed Blackwood Valley beef from Western Australia, which is available in an assortment of cuts, from striploin to rib-eye and beef blade to brisket.
Ethical produce from niche farms
Stock up on Aussie supplies and ethically sourced produce from artisanal farmers at Little Farms. The store in Valley Point retails a colourful display of organic, farm-fresh produce, as well as pasta, milk, and preservative-free meats from Down Under. Homegrown brand The Whole Kitchen’s gluten- and refined sugar-free snacks can also be found in the aisles, next to cult favourites such as Soma Organics energy bars and Doodles Creek sauces.
One-stop grocery shop
With produce flown in from France, the US, Thailand and Japan twice a week, Taste offers a bevy of international ingredients without the hair-raising prices. You’ll find organic vegetables farmed from the mountainous region of Chiang Mai, New Zealand Reserve beef, and sashimi-grade seafood beside an oyster bar where you can slurp up freshly shucked bivalves. Planning a wine and cheese night with friends will be a breeze with Taste’s dedicated cheese room, which is filled with cheeses from boutique farms across France and other countries in Europe. The wine cellar is also well stocked with biodynamically cultivated vino from Austrian labels Diwald and Hirsch, and has an exclusive selection of wines from Switzerland’s Volg Weinkellereien.