Expat Guide for Specialized Groceries

Boucherie Michel: An artisanal French butcher shop and restaurant offering high-grade beef, veal, lamb and pork. Opened by a French butcher, the shop also offers pates, sausages, Parisian-style ham, freshly roasted chickens, and well-priced French wines. Daily 9am-8:30pm, Tel 6417-0489, boucheriemichel@hotmail.com.

Lohao City: This chain of organic goods and health food stores sources most of its food from nearby Miyun County, with some food imported from Taiwan. Organic milk, vegetables, meat, and grains can be bought at these stores along with a selection of chemical-free cleaners. Daily 9am-10pm (varies by location). http://www.lohaocity.com.

Ole by Vanguard Supermarket: A high-end store stocking authentic food and beverages from France. If you’re looking for Martell Cognac, Perrier water, Entremont cheese and other French treats, you may be able to find it at this supermarket chain with three locations in the city; China World Towers, Season’s Place, and Wangfujing’s Malls at Oriental Plaza. Daily 9am-10pm (varies by location). Tel 6622 0389

Qi Yuan Indian Grocery: A small but well-stocked Indian grocery store sells authentic spices and goods from India. Daily 9am-8pm. Beside Sanlitun Police Station, north of Yashow market. Tel 6415 0392.

Schindler’s German Food Center: Also known as the “German Butcher”, Schindler’s meat counter features cuts ranging from veal scallopini to pork loin and whole turkeys. A nice deli section offers sliced salami, ham, sausages, and other cold cuts. A bakery on premise churns out crusty loaves and baguettes. One location in the city and one in Shunyi. Daily 9:30am-7:00pm. Tel 6591-9370 and 8042-2251.