Shopping for imported groceries like cheese, sausages, steak, and alcohol but feeling hungry? These one-stop shops housing bistros, cafes and restaurants will fill you up with food and retail therapy
Going out for brunch with your girlfriends while getting the groceries for dinner may seem like a Herculean task, but we assure you it’s not. With new one-stop gourmet boutiques now popping up everywhere in Singapore, you can now get organic produce, artisanal foods and rare imports, while digging into delectable menu offerings – all under one roof. Happy shopping and stuffing!
Pasarbella @ The Grandstand
What you can find: Think of an air-conditioned Queen Vic Market smack right in the heart of Bukit Timah. This monolith of a market (top image) houses over 35 traders under its shelter, each selling an array of food, fresh greens, and lifestyle products. Fill your fridge with French-imported greens from Quartier, craft beers from The Great Beer Experiment, and meat cuts from the deli at James Butchery. If you’re searching for something to liven up the nest, Frontiera should do the trick with their selection of hand-painted plates, or maybe scented candles from To Be Calm. And lastly, stop by Singapore Trading Post and Shabby Chic for inspiring home furniture.
What you can eat: Hungry? Indulge in food galore at Cicely Kitchen and Papito’s, where they serve up homely pastas and hearty seafood paella respectively, or kick back with a simple latte at the Dutch Colony.
Pasarbella, 200 Turf Club Rd,Singapore 287994, p. 6887 0077
Kranji Countryside Farmer’s Market
What you can find: Hosted by a new breed of agricultural pioneers, these farms come together every three months to host this gathering of fresh foods and produce. Shop for locally-produced fruits and vegetables from Bollywood Veggies, and get eggs and fish from local farmers like Chews Eggs and The Fish Farmer.
What you can eat: Help yourself to homemade food with weBread’s shoyu pork, Spinaca’s meaty sandwiches, and Dutch pancakes from Yummy Poffertjes.
Kranji Countryside Farmer’s Market, p. 9739 6677. Do check their website for more details.
What you can find: This distributor of epicurean delights is no stranger to fine produce. Walk into their gourmet boutique at Dempsey, and you’ll be wowed by the wide array of Europe-imported produce such as sauces, wines, truffles, and even fresh foie gras!
What you can eat: Feeling hungry after browsing through their selections of prime beef cuts? No worries; go for their smoked Scottish salmon, or indulge in a slab of grilled steak. The best part? You can select the meat from the butchery and have it served at the bistro!
Culina, 8 Dempsey Road #01-, 13 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 247696, p. 6474 7338
What you can find: This integrated dining and shopping gourmet boutique is the first of its kind in Singapore, and is a must-visit for authentic Japanese imports. Trail the aisles for fresh Japanese produce from the Ehime prefecture, like steak cuts, desserts, vegetables, and even Japanese whisky. Don’t forget to stop by the main attraction – a visible beef drying facility that gives steak that extra depth of flavor – and yes, you can take these home.
What you can eat: Speaking of flavour, you’ll definitely get a load of that at the eight various dining places nestled within Emporium Shokuhin (it is that big!). Slurp freshly-shucked oysters at Umi+Vino with a glass of chardonnay, dip slices of shabu-shabu at Tsukeru, and drool in anticipation as the smell of grilled meat wafts from the kitchens of Gyuu Yakiniku.
Emporium Shokuhin, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #01-18 Marina Square, Marina Square, Singapore 039594, p. 6224 3433
Jones The Grocer
What you can find: Pick up your weekly groceries with this grocer’s spread of cordials, honey, and freshly baked bread, or stop by their butchery for a pack of Aussie beef or Iberico pork.
What you can eat: You know you can depend on the Aussies when it comes to coffee and brunch. Not only is Jones the Grocer our go-to café for a cuppa, it’s also our pit stop when we get cravings for those lamingtons. Drop in at this homely spot for a breakfast of fresh croissants, and hit their eggs benedict while you’re at it. If you prefer a fuller meal, then you won’t say no to their all-day menu of barbecued pork ribs and duck confit.
Jones The Grocer, 9 Dempsey Rd, #01-12 Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247697, p. 6476 1518
Dean & DeLuca
What you can find: This all-American grocer has sourced the best from all over the world, and is retailing them under one roof – get coffee beans from Papa Palheta and buy artisanal breads from big names like Baker & Cook, Maison Kayser, and The Bread Project alongside Dean & DeLuca’s in-house bakery. Dean & DeLuca also has some hard-to-find herbs and spices, olive oils, pasta sauces, and condiments. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be drooling over their freshly baked croissants and muffins at the pastry counter.
What you can eat: Stop by the café for some all-day breakfast. From American-style flapjacks with fresh berries to poached eggs with jamón Ibérico, it’ll take a whole lot of discipline to walk away without treating yourself to some indulgent nosh here.
Dean & DeLuca, #01-01 Far East Square, 47 Pekin Street, Singapore 048 775, p. 6536 2460
What you can find: An East Coast foodie haven that is the brainchild of the Oh sisters – Annie, Patsy, Jenny and Susie – Oh Deli is a cafe, deli, winery and butcher all rolled into one. Red meat from the deli is fresh, not frozen, and flown in from Australia, and the Malaysia-sourced chicken is hormone-free. Their sausages are impressive too: expect chipolatas, pork chorizo and more.
What you can eat: Hit their cafe menu with a full English breakfast of eggs, kurobuta bacon, sausages, and tomatoes, or go for the Iberico jamon ciabatta, accompanied with Italian butter and wild roquette.
Oh Deli, 421 East Coast Rd, Singapore 429008, p. 6440 4409
Fish Mart Sakuraya
What you can find: This place is perfect for sating our cravings of everything Japanese without travelling to the city. Head over to their gourmet retail section and browse through Japanese-imported ice-cream, snacks, condiments, greens, and fresh sashimi too.
What you can eat: Stop by after work for and pamper yourself with a sashimi-laden chirashi-don, or go for their sushi platters of chutoro, negitoro, and ikura.
Fish Mart Sakuraya , 80 Marine Parade Rd, Din Tai Fung, Singapore 449269, p. 6345 4714
What you can find: If you’re looking to escape the bustle of the CBD, there’s no better place than The Providore. The Raffles Place outlet stocks an assortment of imported coffees, teas, wines, and jams; now you’ve no excuse why your kitchen cabinet isn’t well-supplied!
What you can eat: Kick start your engine with their selection of scones, pastries, and sandwiches, as well as a breakfast menu of ricotta pancakes, eggs benedict, and fruit salad. Stopping by after work for dinner? Opt for their mains of bomba paella and seared trout, and sip your beer with sides of bruschetta and meatballs with tzatziki sauce.
The Providore, 7 Raffles Place, Singapore 048625, p. 6533 1352
Loewen Gardens Farmer’s Market
What you can find: Hosted by The Pantry cooking school near Dempsey Hill, this monthly event aims to cultivate a passion for food and organic produce among its customers. Pick from a selection of greens and organic foods, as well as homemade jams and chutney sauces too.
What you can eat: Don’t forget to stop by their cafe for a brunch of French toast, pumpkin gnocchi, quiches, and the customary cup of piping Joe.
Loewen Gardens Farmer’s Market, 75 Loewen Road, Singapore 248844, p. 6474-0441. Do check their website for the date of the market.
Da Paolo Gastronomia
What you can find: Hitting the streets of Orchard for your weekend shopping? Browse through their plethora of fresh produce, and try hard to resist their cold cuts, artisan cheese, pizzas, and fine spread of imported bubblies!
What you can eat: This boutique bistro serves up a mean breakfast set of eggs and sandwiches of parma ham and smoked salmon. Or you can kick back with a cuppa Joe and cafe selections of almond croissants and white chocolate scones.
Da Paolo Gastronomia, 290 Orchard Road, #B1-k8 Paragon, Singapore 238859, p. 6738 1462