Shop international flavours at the best ethnic supermarkets in Hong Kong and prepare for a massive home feast
As Hong Kongers, we are so blessed to have tons of delicious food across the town. While we are in love with these amazing Korean restaurants, French bistros and Italian ristorante, we sometimes want to release our inner Gordon Ramsay and attempt cultural cuisine at home (and we know you do too). Can’t find authentic ingredients in mainstream supermarkets? Don’t worry. These ethnic supermarkets source the best groceries from their respective countries and will take care of all your needs.
Best ethnic supermarkets in Hong Kong
1. Il Bel Paese
Founded in 2001 to introduce authentic Italian flavours, Il Bel Paese has always been cherished by both Italians and locals in Hong Kong. You can’t miss their delectable cheese, truffles, olives, tomatoes and many other products available in-store or on their website. We are also falling for their jet-fresh cold cuts like parma and salami as well as their huge selection of wines and sparklings.
Il Bel Paese has several locations in Hong Kong
2. Sverige Shoppen
Hands up if you fancy Swedish meatballs drizzled with berry jam! A Swedish supermarket and online shop, Sverige Shoppen brings Nordic flavour to Hong Kong at an affordable price. While a lot of their products cannot be found elsewhere in Hong Kong, some other common items are around 20% cheaper than those sold in chain supermarkets. Saffron bun, Västerbottensost cheese, Nugatti hazelnut spread, smörgåskaviar… The exclusive Nordic staples available at Sverige Shoppen will make you feel as if you are in Sweden.
Sverige Shoppen, Unit 523, 5/F, Star House, 3 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2312 1919
3. Victory Mini Mart
Run by a Chinese Filipino, Victory Mini Mart is a family business that imports an array of Filipino groceries, ranging from spices to canned food, and crackers to alcohol. They also sell authentic snacks like bola bola, balut and banana que, allowing customers to get a quick food fix at the store.
Victory Mini Mart, Shop C2, C3, Worldwide House, 19 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2772 2282
An iconic Japanese supermarket, Aeon has all the best products from Japan. Whether you are looking for authentic Akita pearl rice or the latest limited edition ice-cream, Aeon has got all the essentials at an affordable price. Since Aeon has long been loved by Japanese expats, you know their product diversity and quality are top-notch.
Aeon is also one of our favourite Japanese stores in Hong Kong.
Aeon has several locations in Hong Kong
5. New World Korean Food
New World Korean Food’s latest Mong Kok branch is the largest Korean supermarket in Hong Kong. Numerous Korean food & beverage retailers like Ban Chan, Chef & Taste and O’Taste are assembled in this 2700-square feet supermarket. Jet-fresh seasoned galbi, pre-cooked soondubu jjigae, take-away kimbap… The huge variety of products will keep you wandering around for several hours.
New World Korean Food, 85 Sai Yee Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 2133 5651
6. Marks & Spencer
When it comes to British ethnic supermarkets in Hong Kong, you can never miss Marks & Spencer. From fresh veggies like kale and spinach to pastries like sourdough and croissant, you can purchase an array of groceries delivered from the UK. Don’t forget to shop their delicious toffee candies and biscuits!
Marks & Spencer has several locations in Hong Kong
7. Maharaja Mart
Formerly known as Maharaja Indian Emporium, Maharaja Mart has been serving authentic South Asian necessities in Kowloon for over twenty years. Not only do they have a variety of veggies, sweets and savouries, but they also sell beautiful pooja items, utensils and handicrafts. If you use their online shopping service with purchases over $300, you can receive free delivery to most parts of Hong Kong.
Maharaja Mart, Shop 205, 2FI, Haiphong Mansion, 53-55 Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2756 5611
8. Indo Market
If you are looking for groceries from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, Indo Market is the place to be. Some of their best-sellers include Indomie, sriracha sauce and Chaokoh Young coconut water. We like the fact that Indo Market has a range of Southeast Asian condiments that cannot be found elsewhere. Make sure to check out their weekly mega sale and shop groceries at a good deal!
Indo Market has several locations in Hong Kong