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Singapore - How to Shop

  • How to Shop

Supermarkets stock a large range of grocery items from the U.K., Europe, USA and Australia. Nearly all fruit, vegetables, fish and meat are imported, coming from Malaysia, Australia, Europe and the USA. You may have to go to a specialty shop for some items although supermarkets sell a good selection of fresh herbs, spices, frozen foods, yoghurt, cheese, olives, bread, wine and beer. Fruit, vegetables, spices and condiments for cooking all types of Asian food are easy to find. You can also shop at local markets.

Like in any western country, Singapore has many large supermarkets which stock thousands of local and imported products. Most supermarkets have a large range of fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, cheese, dairy products, bread, wine and beer. There are also many specialty stores catering to different national groups and different types of cuisines. (See the section on specialty shops and delicatessens). Most supermarkets provide a home delivery service. All supermarkets open every day from 11am to 9pm. Some stores open earlier or stay open later.

Most of the steak, pork and chicken sold in supermarkets, comes from Australia. Fruit is imported from the USA, France, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Local tropical fruits come from Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. Vegetables come mainly from Malaysia or Australia.

Most supermarkets stock some western style breads. The DeliFrance chain of cafes which are in most shopping centres sell French style bread (well, they try anyway!). See the specialty food section for other bakeries.

Traditionally Singaporeans shopped in outdoor markets known locally as ‘wet markets’. You will still find ‘wet markets’ all over the island but the produce sold is not necessarily any cheaper or any fresher than what is sold in supermarkets. Almost no fruit and vegetables are grown locally and the wet markets lack refrigeration so supermarket produce may be better.

The wet markets in Chinatown (basement of Chinatown Complex) and Little India (Tekka Market, cnr Serangoon Rd and Buffalo Rd) are well worth visiting if you are looking for particular products used in Chinese or Indian cooking. Wet markets are usually open from early morning to 1pm.


Market Place and Jason's group
Large supermarkets specializing in imported products from many different countries. Have delicatessens stocking, cheese, olives, cold meats etc plus fish and meat. They sell a wide range of wines and beers and fruit and vegetables. Theses shops are popular with expatriates. Home delivery is free if you spend over $150.

  • Jasons
    1 Claymore Drive
    #01-01 Orchard Towers
    Tel: + 65 6235 4355
  • Jasons Market Place
    252 North Bridge Road
    #B1-01 Raffles City Shopping Centre 
    Tel: + 65 6336 2676
  • Paragon Market Place
    290 Orchard Road
    #B1-12/16 Paragon
    Tel: + 65 6738 2798
  • Tanglin Market Place
    163  Tanglin Rd
     #B1-02/03 Tanglin Mall
    Tel: + 65 6734  0105

Cold Storage Supermarkets
This is a chain of about 30 stores that are similar to Jasons (above). Products differ slightly from store to store. They provide free home delivery if you spend more than $100. They have an online shopping service. Check the website for store locations and store opening times.

  • Cold Storage Singapore
    Cold Storage Takashimaya store
    391A Orchard Rd
    #B2-01 Ngee Ann City, Tower A
    Tel : + 65 6735 1266
    Dial and Deliver Hotline: + 65 6344 1661

Specializing in Japanese Foods

  • Cold Storage Jelita
    295 Holland Road
    Tel: + 65 6469 3877
    This Cold Storage is very popular with expatriates.
  • NTUC Fairprice Coronation Plaza Supermarket
    587 Bukit Timah Rd
    #01-01 Coronation Shopping Plaza
    Tel: + 65  6469 6245
    NTUC Fairprice supermarkets can be found all over Singapore. This is a Trades Union sponsored company that has slightly lower prices.
  • Carrefour Supermarket
    3 Temasek Boulevard
    #01-199 Suntec City
    Tel: + 65 6333 6868
    Carrefour also sells furniture, home appliances, toys, sports equipment etc.
  • Isetan Supermarket
    Basement of Isetan Department Store
    350 Orchard Road
    Tel: + 65 6733 1111
    Fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, frozen goods and more are imported from Japan. They also stock normal supermarket lines. They have many different brands of Japanese beers and sake (rice wine). There is a very good fruit and vegetable section.

All the supermarkets listed sell wine from France, Italy, Chile, USA, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. There are also some specialty wine stores and you can also order online at

And if you don’t have time to shop you can use the services of ‘Kenny Grocery’. Supply a list and they will shop for you at a variety of supermarkets, deliver to your home and even pack the items away in the fridge and cupboards.

  • Kenny Grocery
    23 Eng Kong Terrace
    Tel: + 65 6469 8689
    Fax: + 65  6469 8923

Department stores

  • Consumer Association of Singapore (CASE)
    170 Ghim Moh Road
    Ulu Pandan Community Building, #05-01
    Tel: + 65  6463 1811
    Fax: + 65 6467 9055
    Email: [email protected]
    CASE is funded by membership subscription fees and gives advice on consumer problems.
  • John Little Department Store
    Specialist Centre
    Orchard Road (near Somerset MRT)

Tangs has a Chinese heritage, Robinsons is the oldest and the most British and Takashimaya and Isetan are from Japan.

  • Robinsons
    Centrepoint Shopping Centre
    176 Orchard Road
    Tel: + 65
    6733 0888
  • Marks and Spencer
    501 Orchard Road
    B1-00 Wheelock Place
    Tel: + 65
    6734 1800
    British food and clothing chain
  • Isetan Orchard
    435 Orchard Road
    Wisma Atria
    Tel: + 65
    6733 7777
    Fax: + 65
    6734 9438
  • Isetan Scotts
    350 Orchard Road
    Shaw House
    Tel: + 65
    6733 1111
    Fax: + 65
    6734 7083
  • Tangs
    310 Orchard Road
    Tel: + 65
    6737 5500
  • Takashimaya
    391 Orchard Road
    Tel: + 65
    6738 1111
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