Say it with us: full pantry, full heart. We discover the host of gourmet groceries bringing health and eco-conscious goods to Singapore.
Don’t get us wrong – we love our neighbourhood stores. But even the best of us can suffer from dietary restrictions, prefer foreign brands, or simply crave an exquisitely marbled cut of wagyu beef. When that time comes, we look to gourmet groceries.
Whether it is dairy-free cheese or lamb legs air-flown from France, these institutions offer unparalleled access to niche, quality goods. And 2021 has seen a wave of them popping up across the island, satisfying the shopping needs of locals everywhere. We round up a list of Singapore’s best!
1. LITTLE FARMS
Rejoice, East-siders! Your grocery dreams have come true. Little Farms’ newest Joo Chiat outlet – its fifth and largest at 6,000 square foot – includes a supermarket, butcher counter, bar, and bistro. At this one-stop destination, seasonal fruits and vegetables, free range meats, charcuterie, and biodynamic wines line the shelves. Vegan, gluten-free, keto, and dairy-free options abound from the likes of Coco Tribe, Bite Me, and Lauds.
And of course, it has all the bells and whistles found at their other joints: a bar offering hand-crafted cocktails and draft beer; a bistro where you can get their ever-popular smashed avocado, made with freshly baked sourdough; and a coffee kiosk to grab a cuppa to go. This beloved lifestyle brand has truly outdone itself.
For more information, visit littlefarms.com
2. MAISON AND MARIE
Maison Marie is the brainchild of F&B veterans Charles Ng, Brandon Tan, and Evelyn Chua. An ambitious venture, it is both Singapore’s first European bistro and fresh market dining concept, seeking inspiration from the eateries that line Europe’s cul-de-sacs.
Fittingly, its goods are sourced directly from the region. At the fresh market, Greek oysters and Spanish seafood take centre place, while the bakery boasts classic French patisseries and biscuits. On its western European and Mediterranean-inspired menu, you’ll find entrees like the Whole Mediterranean Seabream; the Greek fish is dry aged and cured for five days, grilled whole, then served with tangy romesco sauce.
For more information, visit maisonmarie.sg
3. SCOOP WHOLEFOODS
Almost a year ago, Australian grocery store Scoop Wholefoods opened its first outpost in Singapore. Since then, it has expanded into a veritable organic and package-free empire with outlets at Tanglin Mall, Great World City, and Paya Lebar Quarter.
Here, raw whole foods, organic produce, and health-conscious treats retail in bulk. Simply bring your own container – if you forget, ask for a brown paper bag – and scoop in whatever your heart desires. You’ll find house-made granola, artisanal chocolates, cold pressed oils, kombucha, junbucha (made with honey and green tea), kefir, and even self-churned nut butters. The list, fortunately, goes on. Round off your haul at The Soap Room for body scrubs and bath salts galore!
For more information, visit sg.scoopwholefoods.com
4. THE CHEESE SHOP
The Cheese Shop brings a small slice of dairy heaven to Joo Chiat Road. You’ll be spoilt for choice with its range of gourmet and artisanal cheeses, such as burrata, stilton, extra mature cheddar, and Camembert de Normandie. Its Brie de Meaux AOC – made by the Dongé family in Il de France, outside Paris – is deservedly award winning, with a velvety texture and buttery notes of mushroom and truffle. To finish that cheese board, look to the stock of olives, chutneys, jams, biscuits, patés, and charcuterie, guaranteed to impress at your next dinner party.
For more information, visit cheeseshop.sg
5. THE FISHWIVES
At The Fishwives, everything is clean, green, and sustainably grown. The Bukit Timah emporium’s ‘no nasties’ ethos has been staunchly upheld by Rebecca Forwood, founder and sole owner, since its launch in 2000.
Its products are certainly proof. The deli-slash-pantry offers everything from homemade dukkah hummus to camel milk, while the butchery serves up premium grass-fed wagyu and free-range pork from Australia. But it is, of course, the fishmonger section which steals the show. Fast selling cuts of Akaroa King Salmon, air-flown in twice a week, and wild-caught Red Snapper from New Zealand require a deposit in advance.
For more information, visit thefishwives.com
6. MAHOTA COMMUNE
Farm. Market. Clinic. Mahota Commune’s roles may be varied and many, but it does each oh so well. In the ultimate farm-to-table odyssey, numerous vegetables, herbs, and grains are grown in-house at the Mahota Farm, which is based in Shanghai and proudly sustainable. The fresh, organic produce are sold alongside an extensive selection of lifestyle and grocery products.
There’s plenty to delight in with the selection of biodynamic wines, hormone-free meats, and free-range poultry available. The farm and market are only the tip of the iceberg; Mahota Commune also houses yoga classes, garden workshops, TCM specialists, and even a nature-centric preschool. At this multi-concept store in Kitchener Complex, embracing holistic health is a full-time affair.
For more information, visit mahota.sg