WHERE TO SHOP HEALTHY GROCERIES IN SINGAPORE
Updated: Apr 23, 2020
When it comes to eating well, it's all about the quality of your ingredients. Since the vast majority of our produce is imported here in Singapore, we don't have the luxury of going to farmer's markets and the standard supermarkets don't tend to have much in the way of organic and healthy goods sans preservatives, e numbers and artificial flavourings. We try to shop smart and get the basics there, and top up on our gluten-free bread, coconut yoghurt and healthy snacks at the likes of Little Farms and Scoop. We are all about supporting small businesses too in these trying times. Read on for our list of the best grocery stores in Singapore for stocking your fridge and pantry with clean eats, and more importantly, those that delivery straight to your home for those practicing social-distancing.
We've been huge fans of this Aussie-run neighbourhood grocery store since they first popped up on the scene a few years ago in River Valley. Now located also in Tanjong Pagar, Novena and Holland Village, if you're looking for top notch vegan/dairy free and gluten free options in addition to the usual grocery items, plus super friendly staff, this is the place. You'll find the creamiest avocados in town, a curated assortment of dairy/non dairy options like kefir by Babushka's and artisanal coconut yoghurt by Bondi Yoghurt, grass fed beef, bone broth, vegan dips, The Whole Kitchen paleo, grain-free granolas and gluten free breads, the most amazing marinated goats cheese by Meredith Dairy that elevates every salad, divine keto chocolate snacks, grain-free alternative flours... It costs a pretty penny, so we limit our visits to once a month as a treat, but this is hands down the best place for the creme de la creme of produce and pantry items. Little Farms delivers too, with same day delivery for orders placed before 11am.
Another Australian import, this low-waste bulk dry goods store is located in Tanglin Mall, stocking every kind of bean, alternative grain and spice you could think of! Focused on reducing single-use plastics from the food chain, this is the place to go with your own reusable containers, although they also have paper bags and jars you can use. Don't miss the kombucha bar and nut butter station where you can grind your own almond butter. If you're feeling indulgent, try the hazelnut bliss ball kit, it's an adorable jar with all the dry ingredients pre-measured so all you have to do is add oil and roll - genius! There's also a section where you can customise bath salts, fill up your empty shampoo bottles and stock up on charcoal toothpaste powder.
One of the OG's on the scene, Supernature is conveniently located at the beginning of Orchard Rd, and has a good (albeit exy) selection of organic / sustainable fish, meats and poultry plus veg and alternative dairy. They have organic farm boxes you can subscribe to, and regularly host talks and workshops on gut health, essential oils and more. The take-away counter has a small selection of salads and dishes inspired by COMO Shambhala's signature spa cuisine, and you can also grab a coffee or a freshly pressed juice. The personal care section is very well stocked with essential oils, vitamins and supplements and organic skincare. For fashionistas, the membership programme is linked to the Club 21 members programme too as an added bonus.
Those living in the West will be familiar with this petit neighbourhood grocer that's entirely gluten-free. Named after the owner's son who has a number of food sensitivities, this is not only a great place for all your gf needs, they also have a stellar line up of ethically sourced meats like the carbon-neutral Borrowdale Free Range Pork. Staff are super sweet too and we love supporting indie stores with a focus on sustainability and the provenance of ingredients. They have also added a new location at Great World City, including their new cafe, Ryan's Kitchen, and now an outpost in Ho Chi Minh City.
SASHA'S FINE FOODS
Sourced personally by founder Sasha Conlan, you'll only find products from suppliers and partners that she has met and vetted, to guarantee quality and sound animal welfare practices. With a good range of sustainable fish and seafood like antibiotic and hormone-free barramundi from a local aquafarm, plus meats, veg and pantry items, you can shop online or pop into her store in Cluny Court. We love that in addition to select items from around the world, Sasha's also champions local food companies - try the non-dairy creamer from The Coconut Company to supercharge your coffee. Stock your freezer with the Ready to Eat section featuring her comforting fish pie and lasagne.
THE SOURCE BULK FOODS
Located at Cluny Court, in Bukit Timah and Great World City (with Raffles Place opening soon too), Source Bulk Foods hails from Australia, where it has over 50 zero-waste bulk food stores. The tiny space has bulk ingredients ranging from nuts, grains, vinegars, as well as non-food items such as mineral salts and organic cleansers. We love the focus on zero waste and sustainability, and the ability to purchase small amounts of spices, beans and pulses - rather than large, commercially packaged items you would find in the typical store. The shop has a complimentary membership programme too with member discounts, and provides home delivery.
Currently a pop-up at Scotts Square, Queer Beets (love the name!) focuses on fresh organic produce, locally-sourced products, and is a distributor of the English grand dame of Organic, Daylesford Farms. Their boxes range from detoxifying juicing boxes, to a mediterranean box (both priced at $150 SGD). Other pantry products range from gorgeous wild oak honeys by Eulogia, Danish free-range eggs by DANAEG, and immune-boosting complexes from Ogaenics. Soon, they will be opening in Bukit Timah, at Greenwood Avenue, but they already offer complimentary delivery (for orders above $150 SGD) across Singapore for those practicing social distancing.