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.
The secret to getting the creamiest burrata and French Bordier butter in Singapore lies at Secrets Fine Food. Part of the Classic Fine Foods group that imports and distributes ingredients to top restaurants like Odette, this little store along Tiong Bahru gives you access to the top-quality ingredients without the need to purchase them in bulk. Seasonal offers include fresh white asparagus from the south of France and morel mushrooms that are only shipped in upon order.
Looking for organic products instead?
Whether eating organic is actually safer, more nutritious or better for the environment is still up for debate. Still, if you prefer to chow down with a conscience, here are five organic supermarkets to consider the next time you take your jute tote out for a grocery run.