Best shops in Singapore: Food and drink

Shop and stock your pantry with food and drinks from these gourmet food stores
By Time Out Singapore editors |
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The Great Beer Experiment

icon-location-pin Bukit Timah

This stall is doing its part to show the food-obsessed how beer, too, can be an artisanal product. Among the more craft-serious beers on offer are the iconoclastic brews by Danish gypsy breweries Mikkeller, To Øl and Amager, funky Belgians, and Prairie Artisan Ales from Oklahoma.

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Fassler Gourmet Tiong Bahru

icon-location-pin Tiong Bahru

This city-side outpost of Fassler's Woodlands frozen seafood factory outlet features a simple layout of chest freezers. The reasonably priced, frozen slabs of sea life on offer include sashimi-grade swordfish belly ($42/kg), yellowtail tuna ($35/kg), salmon roe ($65/pack), and vacuum-sealed salmon fillet ($22/kg) and belly ($24/kg). A menu of seafood platters, with permutations like salmon sashimi (from $54/kg), Japanese seafood feast ($59/kg) and antipasto ($52/kg) can also be pre-ordered for parties and gatherings.

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Thirsty

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

Thirsty lays down new conventions with its range of bottled beers at prices mainly hovering between $7 and $12. From its first stand in Liang Court, Thirsty has blossomed into retail nooks in Holland Village Shopping Centre and within Tiong Bahru Bar. Both stores encourage takeaways by the six-pack, with bulk discounts sweetening the deal. The selection has an American slant, but there are also beers to water any occasion, quiet or loud.

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La Petite Boutique

icon-location-pin Serangoon

The influx of French expats in the Serangoon neighbourhood – their international school, the Lycee Français de Singapour, has a campus in the area – comes with benefits, like this deli in Serangoon Gardens. French transplants Morgane Freyermuth and Jean-Baptiste Couty fill the narrow La Petit Boutique flanked by the local lottery shop with enough wine, cheese and home-cooking provisions from back home to soothe a homesick expat.

Aficionados of cured curds of all stripes will certainly appreciate the reasonable prices for the priced-by-weight cheeses on offer, like the 36-month-old Gouda and truffle brie that Couty flavours in a back kitchen, as well as the many little nubs of goat's cheese housed in a tumble in fridge cases. And if you're hankering to bite into a croissant, koign amman or baguette, La Petite's got you covered with a selection of pastries delivered from Tiong Bahru Bakery daily. 

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Brewers’ Craft

icon-location-pin Clementi

At this Clementi hideout, bottle shop owner Kuok Meng-Chao turns his expertise and passion for craft brews into shelves packed with rare bottles lovingly procured by local distributors. Beer geeks lusting over limited edition sour gueuzes, imperial stouts and hop bombs will want to rush down and stash a few away for the vault. Those email newsletters Kuok sends every week are the key to laying your hands on the stuff the mainstream brewers don't want you to know about.

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The Providore Warehouse

icon-location-pin Tiong Bahru

This gourmet grocer makes its debut with a fifth-floor warehouse unit in the towering Tan Boon Liat Building on Outram Road. Here, the concept of the house brand is taken to gourmet levels as owners Bruce Chapman and Robert Collick (the latter owned the franchise rights to Jones the Grocer here until last year, and the former helmed operations as its general manager) commissioned a group of artisans to create Providore-branded topshelf drinks and condiments.

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