Guide on Specialized Groceries in Hong Kong:
The outlets of Hong Kong’s main supermarket chains Park n Shop and Wellcome are generally sufficient for basic groceries and necessities. However, if you need more specialized products or obscure ingredients, chances are you will need to visit one of Hong Kong’s specialty grocers. For instance Hong Kong has a substantial South Asian population and though Park n Shop and Wellcome do carry some South Asian spices and foods, most South Asians frequent the city’s many South Asian grocery stores that carry a wide range of products and spices that are used in the preparation of South Asian foods.
In Hong Kong, upscale grocers, or gourmet supermarkets as they are known, typically occupy large, prime spaces at popular malls and sell items such as cold cuts, cheeses, finer cuts of meat, herbs and spices, and organic produce. Virtually all of them stock an extensive selection of imported wines, beers and spirits as well. The big gourmet supermarkets like Taste, International, Fusion, Gourmet, Marketplace and Three Sixty are in fact owned and operated by Hong Kong’s two main supermarket chains, Park n Shop and Wellcome. When you shop at any one of these gourmet supermarkets operated by these two chains you can use your loyalty cards like the Park n Shop issued Money Back card. Aside from these big gourmet stores, Hong Kong also has smaller specialty stores and web based gourmet stores that are owned and operated by intrepid entrepreneurs who wish to cater to the ever growing demand for fine, as well as exotic, foods in Hong Kong.
The large gourmet supermarkets like City Super, Great Food Hall, Gourmet and Taste offer a wide array of imported food and products along with in-house bakeries and prepared food counters that offer an assortment of freshly-baked breads, cakes, muffins and pastries as well as meals on the go like sandwiches and salads which are especially popular with working professionals and expats. Most of the gourmet stores in Hong Kong also have the facility to order and/or prepare specialty and seasonal items for you such as Thanksgiving turkeys, Easter eggs and Christmas cakes as well as food hampers (commonly used for gifting) and party platters.
The Hong Kong Dollarsaver magazine, published bi-weekly and distributed free of charge to homes across the city, lists promotions at gourmet supermarkets and other smaller grocers, such as organic farms, importers and delicatessens. Sign up for the magazine at http://www.dollarsaver.com.hk.
|Hong Kong’s most popular specialty grocer, City Super stocks products from all over the world, from Japanese sake to Italian pasta and Iranian caviar. City Super also offers cooked food at its Cooked Deli outfits which are food courts attached to some of its stores. This gourmet supermarket chain operates is own loyalty program called Super e-card.
|Central, Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Sha Tin, Mong Kok, Kowloon Tong, Tuen Mun, Kwun Tong
|Tel: 2234 2888
|Great Food Hall
|A 34,500sqft food hall with a huge range of fresh produce and an in-house bakery, butcher and fishmonger. Check out its cheese and cold-cut selections, and don’t miss the Italian gelato and chocolate counters.
|Basement, Two Pacific Place
Tel: 2918 9986
|Hong Kong’s original home for gourmet fanatics, Oliver’s is known for its first-rate selection of imported and gourmet food – mainly European and American – as well as an excellent deli, bread and meat counters.
|Shop 233, Prince’s Building
10 Chater Road
Tel: 2810 7710
|A boutique-style food hall with a comprehensive selection of high-quality, hard-to-find items. The store also has specialty food counters stocking premium teas, chocolates and Asian delicacies.
|Basement, Lee Gardens
|Specializes in Japanese products but also carries a good selection of European and American imports such as cold meats, cheeses, herbs and spices, cakes and pastries, fresh bread and cookies.
|Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui
|Tel: 2833 8338, 3556 1212
|Market Place by Jasons
|An Asian-focused gourmet mix with a good range of fresh produce, groceries, on-the-go meal solutions, and exotic wine selections.
|Jardine’s Lookout,The Peak, Central, Happy Valley, Repulse Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui
|A specialty store targeting the health- and environmentally-conscious consumer, ThreeSixty’s product offering centers around organic and natural food, as well as earth-friendly household products and non-chemical based personal care items.
|Tel: 2111 4480, 2196 8066
|Il Bel Paese
|Everything Italian is available here, from confectionery and preserves to gelato, meats and pasta. Also offers catering services with antipasti, mains and desserts.
|The Peak, Mid-Levels, Happy Valley, Wan Chai
|New Zealand Focus
|A one-stop shop for home-sick Kiwis, this grocer stocks everything from Jaffas and peanut slabs to New Zealand rib-eye steaks and beef jerky. Don’t forget to check out its great selection of New Zealand wines as well.
|G/F Island Building
439-445 Hennessy Rd
|A haven for American food junkies, this 3,000-sqft store will satisfy your craving for Reese’s peanut butter cups, fruit roll ups and much, much more.
|B/F, 188 Des Voeux Rd
Tel: 2545 0338
|Offers a range of organic foods and products for infants, including cereals, biscuits and baby care items.
|Tel: 2525 9128
|This French gourmet store carries French wines and champagnes, cheese, Foie Gras, chocolates, condiments, hand made foods, party platters and more.
|121, Bonham Strand. Sheung Wan
Tel: 3105 8077
Fax: 3105 8078
|This wholesale deli offers imported premium grade meats, seafood, wine and prepared foods.
|Mid-levels and Horizon Plaza, Ap lei Chau
Tel: 2898 9000 Mid-Levels store
2137 9985- Ap Lei Chau store
|This Italian gourmet store carries a wide range of Italian pastas, dried foods, olive oils, baby foods, beverages, rice, vinegars, wines and more.
|Olympian City, Kowloon and Ap Lei Chau
|Tel: 2271 4103- Olympian City
2554 6203- Ap Lei Chau Store
|The Prizemart stores carry packaged foods sourced from US discount retailers like Costco, Sam’s Club and others. These stores carry extremely reasonably priced olive oils, cereals, chocolates, tea, coffees, biscuits, fancy nuts and various other products.
|Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories.
Hot line: 2406 8879
|Indian Provision Store and Supermarket
|This Indian supermarket is owned by the Brar Group which is a food trading company which has been operation in Hong Kong since 1957. The group’s flagship store carries all kinds of Indian groceries, spices, pulses, pickles, fresh produce, Indian magazines, beauty products and much much more. The store also offers free home delivery to Hong Kong Island for orders over $200.
|Tsim Sha Tsui
|Shop No.65-66, Ground Floor Chung King Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
Tel: 2368 2158, 2366 0908
|Yet another big purveyor of South Asian groceries Shiva’s Stores carries a wide range of Indian groceries and packaged products. Shiva’s also offers home delivery for orders over $200
|Tsim Sha Tsui
|Shop No.24, first floor Mirador Mansion, 54-64 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
Tel: 2311 2555
|Indian Provision Store
|The Indian Provision Store which is located within the Bowrington Market is one of the biggest suppliers of South Asian groceries on Hong Kong Island. The Indian Provision Store also offers free home delivery on orders above $200.
|Groud Floor,34, Bowrington Road, Wanchai.
Tel: 2891 8024, 2891 8324.
|Maharja’s Indian Emporium
|An Indian grocery store that specializes in South Indian foods and directly imports a lot of products from Chennai in India. Mahraja Indian Emporium is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
|Tsim Sha Tsui