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A guide to Hong Kong supermarkets, online grocers and speciality stores

One of the biggest things you miss when you move abroad is being able to buy your favourite grocery brands. There is actually a huge range of imported brands available in Hong Kong, but you’ll need get used to the idea that your groceries may need to be sourced from supermarkets, as well as several different outlets, and may include some online deliveries.

There are several supermarket chains in Hong Kong which stock imported brands
There are several supermarket chains in Hong Kong which stock imported brands

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Supermarkets

There are two main supermarkets, both chains, Wellcome and ParknShop, and both offer online shopping and delivery (in certain areas), which is useful for the weekly shop and bulky items.

ParknShop has a few other sub-branches: Fusion, Taste and International. These supermarkets cater more for expats, with a larger range of imported and familiar brands from the US, the UK and Australia. ParknShop’s flagship food hall GREAT in Pacific Place is a foodie paradise, with possibly the largest range of gourmet produce in HK.

Wellcome operates two other noteworthy supermarkets: Oliver’s The Delicatessen in the Prince’s Building is an upmarket supermarket with a good selection of imported fruit and vegetables, meat and branded goods; ThreeSixty located in Elements, Kowloon, offers possibly the largest range of organic and natural products in the city. Their smaller chain, Market Place by Jason, also offers a decent range of Asian and Western products – they just recently began stocking Sainsbury’s products to great fanfare.

Other supermarkets include City’Super, with branches in Causeway Bay, Sha Tin and IFC, stocking a range of imported brands and speciality Japanese food. For American families, many popular brands can be found at A&M stores (Central and Stanley) and Gateway. U Select, also known as U Select by Tesco, is operated by China Resources Vanguard in partnership with Tesco. About one-third of its stock is Tesco products.

Supermarkets: There are a number of online grocery sites and speciality stores which are popular with expats
There are a number of online grocery sites and speciality stores which are popular with expats

Online Grocers and Specialty Stores

 iHerb: There’s been a lot of buzz about this online grocery retailer from the US. It has a large range of natural and organic food products, as well as health and baby items. hk.iherb.com

British Essentials: British Essentials is the official online retailer of Morrison’s own label groceries in Hong Kong, but offers other popular UK brands. britishessentials.hk

The Fresh Supply Company: This new premium online grocer is offering top-quality imported and farm-fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as meat and seafood, all sourced from international and local high quality suppliers. thefreshsupplycompany.com

Jou Sun: This website stocks groceries from quality retailers, farmers and importers all over Hong Kong. Products range from the largest exporters to the smallest wet market stall, and includes household items such as sustainable cleaning products. jousun.com

Honest Bee: This service offers more than 10,000 products online from nappies to wine and everything in between, sourced from a range of stores and with same-day delivery. honestbee.hk

Farmer’s Kitchen: This company ships top-quality Australian meats direct from a farm to Hong Kong and delivers them to your door. farmerskitchen.com.hk

Pacific Gourmet: Specialises in fresh meat and fish from Australia, New Zealand and Norway. pacificgourmet.com.hk

Fresh Grower: Stocks seasonal fresh veg from Perfect Produce Farm in NZ. Online and two stores, at Wan Chai and Sai Wan. freshgrower.com.hk

MM Fresh Food: Supplies fresh seafood, meat, and seasonal fruit and veg boxes from Tasmania. Super-handy kids’ portions and family packs available. mmfreshfood.com

Jett Foods: Online delivery of gourmet meat, fish, sausages and vegetables. jettfoods.com

South Stream Seafoods: Stocks a great range of fresh and frozen meat, seafood and other groceries such as bread, dairy, baby food, pantry items and eggs. It also sometimes has organic fruit and veg. south-stream-seafoods.com

Feather & Bone: This butcher & delicatessen is hugely popular with expats. With three locations in Central, Happy Valley and Clearwater Bay, they offer premium meats, artisanal preserves, seasonal cheeses and quality kitchen wares, along with grab-and-go meals. featherandbone.com.hk

Chef’s Choice: A speciality meat shop and deli offering great value imported meat and fish, as well as a selection of marinated meat ready to barbecue. chefs-choice-hk.info

This article appears in Expat Living’s 2017 City Guide. Get your free copy now!

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