If you need a big bowl of Lucky Charms IMMEDIATELY, you’re going to want to know about the international stores in Singapore that stock all of your fave homegrown goodies…
You know the drill. You’re feeling peckish and you’re hankering for a packet of beef Hula Hoops, Vegemite on toast or a big bowl of Tater Tots. Unfortunately, the kids have no idea what you’re talking about. They’ve grown up as third culture kids on a solid local diet of bee hoon and chicken rice! A taste of home is something almost every expat craves, especially when you’ve been away from ‘home’ for a while and suffering the lockdown blues. Introducing the treats from home and goodies you grew up with is also a great way to keep that connection going with your kids and their home country. So, if you’re wanting to buy international snacks in Singapore, make a beeline for these top picks. Ready, set, tuck in!
German Market Place
Looking for a bounty of Bavarian goodies? Then the German Market Place on Bukit Timah Road is where you should be heading – it’s still open during the circuit breaker, but also supports online orders. This is a one-stop shop for all things German snacks, beer, meat and wine, as well as goodies from Denmark and the UK. Plus, Stroopwafels… oh, how we love thee. Pop into the store, or bag free delivery online if you spend over $200.
German Market Place,609 Bukit Timah Road, 269710
British Corner Shop
An online UK-based store you need to bookmark – now. From Branston Pickle and Monster Munch to Rolos and Paxo stuffing, if it’s a little slice of Britain that you’re after, then British Corner Shop is the answer. Delivery can take anything from four to 15 days if you opt for non-tracked, and you’ll be charged according to the weight of your box. Worth. Every. Cent.
The French Grocer
Shopping online at The French Grocer is magnifique – it stocks a whopping 1700 or so essential French goodies. Since we all know that France absolutely knows how to do wine and cheese, this is solid info for everyone. It also stocks a large selection of fine foods from everywhere in the world, so treats from home are in easy reach. Next-day delivery is an option if you order before 2pm, and it’s free for orders over $195.
If you’re in the mood for some Korean ramyeon while binge-watching your fave K-drama, Shine Korea is where it’s all at. You’ll also find drinks, frozen food, canned goods, sauces and all manner of Korean essentials to help you, and the kids, connect to home. As well as offering online delivery, the majority of the stores are also open during the circuit breaker.
Jones The Grocer
Want to buy international snacks and treats from home if you hail from Down Under? This food emporium is your go-to spot for all things Australian, including meats, cheese, antipasto ingredients, jams, chocolates and wines. We can’t wait until we can head down there for brunch again with the little ones once we’re done shopping! In the meantime, it’s online orders all the way. So much yum.
Jones the Grocer, Dempsey Hill and Great World City locations.
Marks & Spencer
From party food and platters to delicatessen and main courses, you can definitely throw a Brit-themed party (or just indulge in some treats when you’re feeling homesick) thanks to Marks & Spencer. If you live near the Wheelock Place store, you’re in luck: it stocks the biggest range of food, wines and breads. Don’t forget to stockpile your English crumpets, beef and onion crisps and British ale! Also, check out Pandamart for delivery!
If you’re a fan of Japanese cuisine then Meidi-ya Supermarket at Liang Court Shopping Centre needs to be firmly on your instant ramen radar. You’ll find all your Japanese grocery essentials including meat, fish, veg, chilled food and frozen fare. Oh, and did we mention wagyu beef? Also delivers.
Meidi-ya Supermarket, #B1-50 Liang Court Shopping Centre, 177 River Valley Road, Singapore 179030.
African Market Place
You’ll find South African and African grocery products by the truckload, as well as wine and liquor at great deals here. Mrs Balls Chutney, Maize Meal and Ouma Rusks are just a snippet of what’s available. Pop online to order while the store is closed for the timebeing. Delivery is free for orders over $200 – easily achievable when you fall down the rabbit hole that is the wine section… With all the current restrictions, the stock is being replenished as often as possible – the staff are working their socks off to keep you in international goodies, so be patient.
African Market Place @ Hollandse Club, 22 Camden Park, Singapore 299814 (currently closed).
We’re beginning to think there’s nothing we can’t get from Redmart, which includes our favourite treats from all around the world. The inventory is slightly limited at the moment due to the circuit breaker, but it’s still a fab place to buy international snacks in Singapore. We love the Sainsbury’s range from the UK supermarket, which are really well priced and perfect for cupboard essentials. And we’re happy to see it’s also recently started to stock Woolworth’s goodies from Oz! Yippee!
And save these ones for later…
It’s not all tealights and cool furniture that grows with your kiddos over at IKEA. The grocery section is pretty great, too. Once we’re in a better state of Safe Reopening, stock up on the ever-popular Swedish meatballs as well as frozen seafood, Scandinavian treats (Daim Cake: mmmm) and cheap-as-chips hotdogs and ice-cream.
IKEA, Alexandra and Tampines locations.
When we can head back out again on family adventures, take the kids to Little India and embark on a grocery adventure at Mustafa Centre. Warning – you may need to clear a whole afternoon for this as the multi-storey complex is a crazy maze of international fare. Expect goodies from India, the UK, Australia, Thailand… in fact, you name a country and Mustafa probably has a section dedicated to it! This is the place we head to for Robinsons Orange Squash and Linda McCartney vegetarian and vegan sausages amongst other overseas treats.
Mustafa Centre, 145 Syed Alwi Road Singapore, 207704
So there you have it – our guide on where to buy international snacks in Singapore. Enjoy!
Lead image: British Corner Shop