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The best ways to get your groceries delivered in Tokyo

Looking for grocery delivery? Stay home and let the supermarket come to you

By Jessica Thompson
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We all fantasise about skipping the queue at the supermarket, and with the Covid-19 coronavirus still running rampant, there’s more reason than ever to get your groceries from the comfort of your couch and have them delivered. Plus, you can choose from a wider range of goods without the hassle of crowds and worrying about the opening hours or those accidental impulse purchases.

Beyond the behemoth online stores, there are plenty of specialist and boutique grocers that cater to a range of shopping needs, from farm-fresh vegetables and organic produce to gluten-free meals, premium wagyu, imported food items such as pop tarts, and yes, even wine. Delivery are generally under ¥1,000, but some vendors offer it for free if your purchase exceeds a certain amount. Regardless, one thing is for sure, all of them will help you reduce your daily stress level.

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UNU Farmer's Market
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Farmers Market at UNU

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The weekly Farmers Market at UNU market may be temporarily suspended, but that isn't going to stop the team from bringing you farm-fresh produce from across Japan. The market itself doesn't have a delivery service, but you can order honey, microgreens, vegetables, citrus, pickles and more online and have them delivered directly from the individual vendors. For the full list of produce and availability, or to make an order, head to the website. If you prefer to browse before you buy, you can still pick up groceries every day from the Farmers Market at UNU stall at Commune Omotesando.

Tengu Natural Foods
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Tengu Natural Foods

For those seeking healthy food, Tengu Natural Foods offers a comprehensive list of natural, organic, vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free items. The selection is sourced from both local and international producers, meaning you can find everything from various types of flour, grains, beans and cheeses to instant meals, condiments and herbal tea. The online shop has a tiered discount scheme for purchases of ¥10,000 and over. The shipping charge in Tokyo is ¥660 (¥1,100 for refrigerated shipping), but it’s free for orders over ¥5,250.

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Enoteca
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Enoteca

Red wine, white wine, rose, champagne – whatever your preferred vino, Enoteca has you covered. Browse by type and price, or, for the more distinguished palates, by region, grape variety and vintage. If you're feeling like something to nibble on with your wine, Enoteca sells box sets of cheese, as well as crackers, potato chips, nuts and other snacks. You can place your order online – the delivery charge in Tokyo is ¥660 (¥960 for refrigerated shipping); orders received by 9am are processed for same-day shipping in Tokyo whereas orders placed after 9am are delivered the following day.

The Meat Guy
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The Meat Guy

Carnivores rejoice, The Meat Guy offers an extensive selection of choice cuts for your roasting, braising and barbecuing needs. There's Aussie beef (ribeye steaks, porterhouse, filet mignon) as well as premium Japanese wagyu, lamb from New Zealand, local and imported pork, and a range of poultry –  much of which you won't find in regular supermarkets. As well as raw meat, you can also order ready-to-cook staples like buffalo wings, sausages and burger patties, plus seasoning rubs, ham, bacon and more from The Meat Guy online. Shipping (refrigerated, of course) is ¥980, but it’s free for orders over ¥10,000.

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Bio Marche
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Bio Marche

Bio Marche is one of the largest organic food distributors in Japan and has been offering grocery delivery for around 30 years. You can choose from four types of set produce boxes (with different options for vegetables, fruit and eggs) ranging from ¥2,152 to ¥2,600, or order a la carte from the catalogue of fresh and dry goods. Delivery is free for box orders, or ¥600 for custom orders. The ¥5,000 membership fee is a little pricey but it goes towards supporting the farmers. For each product, you can read about its origin and producer, giving you a window into rural Japan. Order online from Bio Marche.

The Flying Pig
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The Flying Pig

Can't get to Costco? The Flying Pig offers Costco's full range of foreign and bulk-buy goods at the convenience of a few clicks. You can buy everything from Honey Nut Cheerios and pop-tarts to peanut butter, tortillas and baby food. You can even get seasonal items for Halloween, Easter and Christmas, as well as pet care items, bath products and office supplies – everything you would expect from the mega-store. Shipping gets cheaper after your first two boxes (from ¥1,000 down to ¥800) and deliveries typically take 48-72 hours to Tokyo – although, since the goods are coming to you from overseas, the coronavirus situation may slow delivery times to Japan.

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