From the massive hypermarkets to your neighbourhood grocery store, there are tons of options in the Big Durian when it comes to your weekly food shopping
One of the first things you should do when settling into a new city? Find out where to get food! In this case we mean where you’re going to be doing all your grocery shopping, because let’s face it, we all love a well-stocked kitchen pantry. Like anywhere else, supermarkets in Jakarta sell everything from bread, meats, fruits and veggies, toiletries, and other household items, however you’ll want to do your homework to make sure you can budget accordingly. The good news? We’ve done the legwork for you so you’ll know where go grocery shopping next.
Hypermarket superstores are huge standalone supermarkets where you can bulk-buy everything from fruits and vegetables to clothes and electronics – kind of like Wal-mart or Costco if you’re coming from the States. These stores typically have cheaper priced groceries making them the best place to stock up on your monthly household needs. French retail supermarket Carrefour is one of the more popular hypermarkets in town, easily found with locations on Jakarta’s main streets. Most of the products offered here are local, hence the cheaper prices. Just take care when paying a visit near pay day, as the supermarket tends to crowded when most people come to buy their monthly groceries.
Similar to Carrefour is Hypermart. Hypermart also has a large stock of fresh produce, quality meats, baked goods, and other household items, and is usually conveniently located inside shopping malls. And if you don’t fancy getting stuck in traffic trying to get to these two hypermarket stores, you also have the option of buying groceries online on their websites.
Looking for imported products? Grand Lucky is the superstore you’re looking for. With two locations in SCBD (Jl. Jend. Sudirman Lot 12) and Jl. Radio Dalam Raya No. 9, South Jakarta, Grand Lucky is a favourite of expats since they can find tons of imported cereals, snacks and beverages for a lot cheaper than at any premium supermarket.
Premium supermarket chains are typically found in shopping malls, though some do have standalone stores in residential neighbourhoods. Prices are generally higher than other places as they tend to carry a lot of imported gourmet proucts. FoodHall is a very popular choice due to its convenient locations in Grand Indonesia, Plaza Indonesia and Senayan.
Meanwhile, Ranch Market, is known for their variety of imported products. Ranch Market should also be your stop for healthy groceries as they provide a range of organic products, which are not typically found in all supermarkets. Ranch Market also has a very handy mobile shopping application called Happy Fresh.
KemChicks is a gourmet supermarket with two locations in Pacific Place Mall and the residential neighbourhood of Kemang. Another thing to note about these premium supermarkets is that there are usually wine and liquor corners in these shops. It can get difficult to find alcohol outside of specialty stores so you won’t be able to find alcoholic drinks in any other regular supermarkets.
Hero has been a staple in the Indonesia long before gourmet grocers and hypermarket chain came into the country. This mid-sized supermarket might not be as well-stocked as its bigger counterparts, but groceries here are generally cheaper than premium supermarket prices. You’ll find a good mixture of local products and imported goods with affordable prices, and some Heros stock beer, but not hard liquor.
Finally, if you’re looking for fresh organic fruits and vegetables from all over the country, All Fresh is the supermarket you want to head to. While they also sell other daily needs like snacks, beverages, and seasonings, fresh produce is definitely their specialty. Check back every season for their exotic fruit offerings such as mangos, rambutan, durian, mangosteen, and more.
Contributed by Aulia Meidiska.
This article is sponsored by Crown Relocations.