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The best gourmet grocery stores in Singapore

When your neighbourhood supermarket isn’t cutting it anymore, head to these specialty grocers instead

By Nicole-Marie Ng and Kylie Wong
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Can't find gluten-free bread or premium cuts of wagyu at your neighbourhood supermarket? Fret not and turn to these gourmet grocery stores instead. They're all well stocked with fine foods and niche products so that you can whip up a restaurant-worthy meal at home. Alternatively, you might want to try these local wet markets and wholesalers for fresh produce that are replenished on the daily.

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Six Eleven
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Six Eleven

Non-dairy milk options

Lactose intolerant? No problem. For all your alternative milk needs (and more), Six Eleven has got it covered. This online mart stocks brands like Minor Figures, Happy Happy Soy Boy and Rude Health – popular with the non-dairy drinkers club. On top of that, you can easily shop specialty items like Dash Water, sparkling water which uses 'wonky' and misshapen fruits to reduce food waste but also for a natural flavour; and Hunted+Gathered, an ethical a bean-to-bar chocolate company from Melbourne. 

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Meidi-Ya

Shopping Supermarkets River Valley

Everything Japanese

Fans of Meidi-Ya need not worry about the impending closure of its Liang Court’s store. It opens a second, albeit smaller, outlet in the basement of Great World. Beyond your favourite Japanese-imported products and produce, you can also drop by the Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza, a space dedicated to all things fresh from Hokkaido. Supported by the trade association of the Hokkaido Government, look forward to a range of sweets, yoghurt beverages, and milk flown in directly from the prefecture. It also has food plaza that sells gyoza imported directly from Sapporo, authentic Hokkaido ramen, and rice bento sets.

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Culina at COMO Dempsey

Restaurants Bistros Tanglin

Gourmet groceries and a gourmet meal

Occupying over 15,000sqft over at Dempsey, Culina houses the best specialty ingredients from around the world under one roof. Let the intoxicating scent of freshly baked bread welcome you through the doors as you explore its display of premium meats, seafood, pastries, cheeses and wine. It's not just a marketplace, either. After all the shopping, take a seat at the modern bistro for comforting plates of fish and chips ($30) and spaghettini tossed with crabmeat in a spicy tomato sauce ($34).

The Source Bulk Foods
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The Source Bulk Foods

Shopping River Valley

Packaging-free shopping

Browse the neat rows of raw and organic whole foods at the flagship outlet of Scoop Wholefoods. Most products are sourced from ethical and sustainable sources, which include nuts, dried fruits, spices, rice, pasta, and tea. Churn your own nut butter in the store, or grab a healthy, freshly baked goodie from its first in-house bakery.

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Da Paolo Dempsey Restaurant and Bar
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Da Paolo Dempsey Restaurant and Bar

Restaurants Tanglin

A slice of Italy

It might be called a restaurant and bar, but walk past the dining area and you'll find long lines of fridges that produly display quality Italian produce. Get some fresh pasta that's made on the spot, or choose from the seasonal selection of cheeses, which might include the blue cheese with chocolate liqueur or ocelli wrapped in chestnut leaves, as well as other cold cuts. Cured meats, pasta sauces, and other ingredients are also available for those looking to bring home a slice of Italy.

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The Fishwives

Shopping Grocery stores Tanglin

Briny-fresh seafood offerings

While The Fishwives specialise in – you guessed it, fish – its retail outlet also offers a whole range of meats, poultry, and deli products, and even more specialised items like gluten-free breads and camel milk. Its fishmonger section holds a wide variety of trout, white fish, prawns and other seafood. Of note is its Akaroa salmon, air-flown from New Zealand twice a week, while fresh wild caught snapper and grass-fed lamb come in once a week. Other items on retail include condiments and truffle products, as well as alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic spirits. 

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Scoop Wholefoods
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Scoop Wholefoods

Shopping Grocery stores Orchard

Fresh, organic produce and plastic-free living

Direct from Australia is Scoop Wholefoods, which opened its first international store just a couple of months ago in Singapore. It specialises in retailing organic and natural products in bulk, allowing customers to buy only as much as they need, thus minimising food waste. Scoop offers a range of organic cold-pressed oils and vinegars, multiple varieties of roasted nuts and organic chocolates, and a fermentary section which carries kimchi, kefir, saeurkraut and beetroot kvass. Customers are also encouraged to get hands-on, with a unique machine that allows you to churn your own nut butters (from $6/250g), boxes of loose-leaf teas for you to mix your own tea blends, and even a DIY section that allows you to make your own floor cleaners, soap bars and lip balms. Fresh organic kombucha is also available on tap ($9.75/200ml), sourced from local brand Fizzicle. Scoop espouses plastic-free living, selling stainless steel tiffin tins, reusable bags and bamboo drinking straws in-store to encourage their shoppers to do the same. 

The Cheese Shop

Shopping Cheesemongers Geylang

Cheese and charcuterie

Whether you're looking to impress at a dinner party or just a cheese-fanatic (aren't we all?), The Cheese Shop offers a whole range of soft and hard cheeses, from the regular feta ($7.25) and Munster ($7) to the premium Camembert de Normandie ($14) and Hornbacher ($20). Its cosy, well-organised retail outlets at Joo Chiat and Jurong also stock a variety of wines, sausages, charcuterie and pâtés, so you can easily craft the perfect cheese board for your dinner party.

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The Butcher
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The Butcher

Shopping Grocery stores Bukit Timah

For the meat-lovers and those looking for rare cuts

Looking to try out that osso bucco recipe, but at a loss for where to find veal in Singapore? No worries – The Butcher offers free-range veal, and is known for all manners of meat cuts. It has beef stock bones, wagyu ribeyes, Iberian pork and more. While the joint brands itself as a gourmet butcher, it also retails meat rubs, condiments and sauces for your barbecue needs. Vegetarians don't miss out either – The Butcher sells Beyond Meat's plant-based burger patty, vegetable shashlicks and assorted vegetarian produce.

So France
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So France

Restaurants French Rochor

Vive la France

This three-in-one bistro, wine bar and gourmet store is your one-stop-shop for all things French. There’s artisanal produce, world-renowned wines and delicacies sourced from the Nouvelle Aquitaine South West region in particular. Pick up caviar, foie gras and Marennes-Oléron oysters from its épicerie, before heading over to their bistro to enjoy regional French specialities such as pork pâté terrine ($18), garlic butter snails ($22), and duck confit ($32). 

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Mahota Commune

Shopping Grocery stores Kallang

Mindful groceries

Occupying a sprawling 20,000 sq ft of space at Kitchener Complex, Mahota Commune redefines what it means to be a specialty retail store. The area is split into several key themes: kitchen, pantry, farm, market, clinic and life. At Mahota kitchen and pantry, the focus is on fuss-free, farm-to-plate produce that visitors can purchase. Cold-pressed juices, freshly-baked bread and biodynamic wines are also available. At the market, expect organic vegetables, hormone-free meats and free-range poultry. Over at Mahota Life, free meditation and yoga classes will help you find your zen, while its clinic has its own in-house TCM specialist.   

Huber's Butchery
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Huber's Butchery

Shopping Bukit Timah

Premium meat and dairy

Open since July 2008, Huber’s is more than just butcher. Its Dempsey outlet sells imported dairy products, frozen seafood, salads, fresh breads and even fondue pots. Beyond being the purveyor of prime cuts of meat – popular items include the Australian Stockyard Angus grain-fed beef, lamb chops and sausages – Huber's also tends 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.

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Four Seasons Organic Market
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Four Seasons Organic Market

Shopping Grocery stores Marine Parade

Organic lifestyle goods

Set up to inspire more people to embrace a lifestyle free of harmful chemicals and pesticides, Four Seasons Organic Market stocks food for babies, household cleaning sprays, personal healthcare products, health supplements, and a selection of fresh vegetables and fruits. Some unique products you can find include flavoured protein shakes from Svelte Organic, Super Sprout green powders and alcohol-free wines. 

Ryan’s Grocery

Restaurants Bukit Timah

Gluten-free goods

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 in Singapore. 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.

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Jones the Grocer

Shopping Tanglin

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. 

SuperNature

Shopping Orchard

Eco-conscious food

Hidden away from the bustle of Orchard Road, organic and natural food and health store SuperNature specialises in certified imported groceries, children’s food, supplements, cleaning products that are better for Mother Earth. SuperNature also has a farm box delivery service that supplies you with a range of organic foods, groceries, homecare, health supplements and wellness products if you're too busy to head down to shop.

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The Providore

Restaurants Cafés Orchard

Epicurean gifts 

With five stores across the island, The Providore is a convenient spot to pick up gourmet products and other kitchen staples. Choose from 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. 

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Little Farms
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Five organic supermarkets in Singapore

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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.

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