Grocery Guide – 9 Ways to Save Money in Hong Kong

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If you’re a food lover but finding that your grocery bill in Hong Kong is incredibly high, you’ve come to the right place! There’s little more we love than knowing where to go to get the best deal in town.

It’s not easy keeping your grocery bills under control in Hong Kong. Firstly, almost everything is imported, and on top of that,  store rents are high. All of this means that grocery prices can spiral out of control.

That’s where we come in. At Savvy in Hong Kong, we’re foodies and avid shoppers, the ideal combination to let you know how to find the best Hong Kong grocery stores.

9 tips for saving money on groceries in Hong Kong

In the article, we cover 9 different ways to save money. Specifically, we are going to cover: 

  • The best stores in Hong Kong selling French groceries
  • Where to buy Italian groceries
  • Where to buy cheese at the best price in Hong Kong
  • Where to buy quality nuts in Hong Kong
  • A comprehensive guide on buying herbs from dried herbs, herb paste to potted herbs
  • The best wine companies in Hong Kong selling high-quality wine at low prices
  • Our favorite Hong Kong online grocery stores 
  • The cheapest Hong Kong grocery stores
  • Where to buy kitchenware in Hong Kong 

Plus a whole lot more.  

1. Best stores for French groceries in Hong Kong

There are many stores in Hong Kong selling French groceries.

What you need to know:

  • Hong Kong is host to the biggest French community in Asia. Thankfully, they bought the food with them, too!
  • Hong Kong has a great range of restaurants, groceries, and delis, plus online ordering so you can get your Brie and Champers right to your door.

Which stores we like:

In our article on the Hong Kong grocery stores selling French food, we tell you our favorite stores selling French food: 

  • Monsieur CHATTE: Sheung Wan shop and dine-in deli
  • Cheese Club: offering monthly orders of cheese delivered directly from Europe at low prices
  • My Market: supplying sustainable brands and a great loyalty scheme
  • Terroirs: selling European gourmet foods and frozen chocolate fondant to die for
  • Mordicus: giving free delivery on orders of its perishables over $400

Summary:

  • Whatever your French food craving, you’ll be sure to find what you need in Hong Kong, check out our article on the best HK grocery stores selling French food.  
  • Got your own favorite Hong Kong store for buying French groceries? Get in touch and let us know in the comments below.

2. Best stores for buying Italian groceries in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, there are many different stores selling tasty Italian food. We tell you where to find the best Hong Kong grocery stores.

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What you need to know:

  • Whether you’re in the mood for a huge comforting bowl of pasta or some gourmet truffled dishes, you can get all the Italian groceries you need in Hong Kong.

  • We’ve found a range of places that stock all types of Italian food, including:

    • Imported meats
    • Gourmet cheeses
    • Fabulous wines
    • Perfect pasta

Which stores we like:

  • Il Bel Paese: deli with a huge array of products from oil, pasta to cheese. Plus they have pre-made meals.
  • Mercato Gourmet by Giando: selling fresh products including pasta, ham, and cheese. They also sell their own sauces and pizza dough. 
  • Buonissimo: decadent imported options so you can find the store that’s going to meet your needs.
  • Castello del Vino: selling Italian wine sourced from boutique vineyards
  • The Italian Club: sells popular sausage mince and more
  • Stable Trading Co: vegetables, fruit, seafood, and plenty more including a truffle slicer.
  • Simply Fresh: an online store selling fresh fruit and veg needed for your Italian recipes
  • Tipico: instore shopping is possible; NIO pre-packed cocktail range available
  • Borgovivo: selling a wide variety of fresh and pre-sliced cold cuts

Summary:

  • Read our complete guide on buying Italian groceries and all the tools you need to get your kitchen feeling just like summer in Tuscany. Who’s up for getting a pasta maker and going fresh?

3. Cheapest grocery stores for cheese in Hong Kong

Thanks to Hong Kong's huge French community, it is easy to get your hands on super tasty French cheese in Hong Kong. We've done the research and found the best prices.

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What you need to know:

  • We’ve got a great recommendation for you for price and quality when it comes to cheese in Hong Kong – The Cheese Club.
  • You get to place a pre-order of the cheese you want, spend days drooling over what cheesy goodness is coming your way before receiving your cheese directly from Europe straight to your door.

Why we like the Cheese Club:

  • The Cheese Club– every month they organize a bulk buy of a vast array of cheese and have it specially imported.
  • The business model gives you loads of choice, and they keep overheads low, so prices aren’t sky-high.

Summary:

  • Need more? How about free cheese? When you place your first order, you’ll get a complimentary cheese added to your order.
  • Check here to find out the intricacies of how they work, plus our price comparison table to check your savings.

4. Best grocery stores for buying nuts in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, there are so many different types of nuts available from organic, to buying nuts without any packaging to buying nuts in bulk. We tell you all about where to buy nuts in this article.

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What you need to know:

  • Packets of nuts are tiny and weirdly expensive, even by Hong Kong standards. In Hong Kong, it’s not easy to get hold of good quality nuts to keep you fuelled between meals.
  • Lucky for you, we’ve gone hunting for the best nuts in Hong Kong. We tell you where to find all types of nuts including high-quality, organic nuts and even nuts in bulk.  

Which stores we like:

In our article about where to buy good value nuts in Hong Kong, we tell you about:

  • Regency Spices and their plastic-free shopping experience
  • The Store’s online cornucopia of nuts and seeds that are top-quality
  • Prize Mart, with its 20 locations to pick up bulk, discounted nuts
  • 759’s 50 stores across the city offering bulk nut buying offerings
  • Live Zero and its packaging-free store and online delivery options

Summary:

  • What more do you need? Whether you want to go and browse selections of nuts or get them delivered directly to your door when you’re busy, we’ve found the solution for you.

5. Best Hong Kong grocery stores for buying herbs

What you need to know:

  • Hong Kong is all about spice and flavor. While prices at regular supermarkets might shock you, we’ve been hunting through the streets to help find all the best options for buying herbs in Hong Kong
  • There are loads of different herbs to buy in Hong Kong from potted herbs, dried herbs to organic herbs. 

Which stores we like:

  • Jou Sun: selling a fresh collection of local organic and imported herbs. All available online.
  • Joys of Growing: head over to the Brighten Mall in Mongkok and go buy some super cheap potted plants as well as fertilizer.
  • Wan Chai wet market: snoop around or ask around; you’ll be able to find inexpensive cut herbs as well as herb plants
  • iHerb: sell vegan herb capsules, herb drops, and dried herbs.
  • Regency Spices: selling fragrant, high-quality dry herbs and spices.
  • Feather and Bone: for the best herb paste
  • Spice Box Organics: for organic herbs
  • ParknShop: looking for McCormick Herbs? You’ll find it here.

Summary:

  • If you want to get the best quality herbs at the best pricing, be prepared to stray away from the city center. Be ready to hit the wet markets, smaller stores, and delis.
  • If we have missed your hidden gem for Hong Kong grocery stores selling herbs, please let us know.

6. Best online grocery stores for buying wine in Hong Kong

What you need to know:

  • Wine has to come a long way to get to us here in Hong Kong, but we still get some of the good stuff, with international supplies aplenty. 
  • It’s a simple as going online and placing an order, then just like magic, wine will arrive at your door – lots of our picks also deliver deli items like cold cuts and cheese so your whole after-dinner treat can come directly to your door!

Which stores we like:

We get into the details of exactly what you get and why should shop at these wine stores in our complete guide to buying wine in Hong Kong. To give you the rundown…

  • Wine Please does deliveries on all orders over $1,000, stocking a range of old- and new-world wines.
  • My Wine Man isn’t just about the wine – great though it is! You can get beers and spirits delivered too and cater to everyone’s tastes.
  • Cocobop is where you go for your organic and niche wines, and save 10% when you use the code SAVVYINHK10KFK at the checkout.
  • Cheese Club imports and deliver direct to your door, cutting out the overheads of a storefront to pass savings on great wine and cheese on to you. 
  • Watsons Wine sticks a huge range of over 2,000 wines with nearly a quarter exclusive to their cellars, and they’re good at that. 
  • etc Wine Shop gives you a wonderful experience when you go to the store, but their website is super easy to use, too. 
  • Wine Brothers HK specializes in importing Aussie wine, so if you like your plonk with an antipodean note, head to their website where there’s beer and cider, too. 
  • Monsieur CHATTÉ is all about the French experience, with world-famous wine and all the foods you could want to accompany it. 
  • Kauthwaites Direct Wine bundles their wine into great packs that will let you explore new flavors at bargain prices, what more do you need?
  • Cuvées guarantees delivery within 48 hours and sells bigger – and that can only mean better, right? – 1.5-liter bottles to sink.

Summary:

7. Best Hong Kong online grocery stores

We have written an article about the best online grocery stores in Hong Kong.

What you need to know:

  • Looking for groceries delivered directly to your door in Hong Kong? We have an entire article dedicated to the best online Hong Kong grocery delivery services.
  • Who needs to be queuing in a supermarket anyways? Lockdown and virus or no, there are better things to be doing in Hong Kong than being stood in a supermarket to buy your washing-up liquid and freezer essentials.

Which stores we like:

  • Homegrown Foods sticks to selling locally produced stuff from up towards the north of the islands, cutting your carbon footprint, which we’re all about!
  • Pacific Rich Resources also work with the principles of sustainability, meaning you can buy their great seafood and other products with a clear conscience. 
  • The Store HK is the place to go for your specialty groceries like gluten-free and organic things, as well as healthy items like protein bars and vegan protein powder
  • Marketplace by Jasons’ offers amazing customer service and will put right and problems, plus they’ve got an app for you to order so it’s an even more user-friendly experience
  • Mordicus focuses on French products and has a superb range of household goods and beauty bits and bobs to choose from. 
  • Tipico Italian Grocer sells all the cold cuts, cheese, and pasta you’d expect and they also have “Daily Sets” which is a box with all the ingredients you need to cook a meal. 
  • iHerb is the place to go for your supplement needs and anything health-related that you can’t find at The Store.

Click here to read our full review on The Store HK

Summary:

  • It’s never been easier to get groceries to your front door in Hong Kong, and the stuff on offer is only going to keep growing – but these are our trust go-tos for everything to keep our home ticking over and bellies full.

8. Best cheap grocery stores near me

There are a lot of cheap great grocery stores in Hong Kong. Check out our article which contains a full review.

What you need to know:

  • Imported food will always be expensive in Hong Kong, especially since there isn’t a lot of food grown in our little corner of the world. If you add high rents, then everyday Hong Kong grocery items’ prices can be nothing short of alarming.
  • Want to know where to find the cheapest Hong Kong grocery stores? We’ve got a few tricks up our internet sleeves to help you track down discount groceries. 

Which stores we like:

  • USelect sells products from the UK supermarket Tesco, which means great quality and very good prices. 
  • The Store Hong Kong is super-careful about what they stock – it’s all healthy stuff – and cater for special diets like vegan and gluten-free. 
  • Prizemart is the place to go to buy usually pricey items in bulk and stock up, along with half of the neighborhood if the queues are anything to go by.
  • 759 Store is ubiquitous across Hong Kong; groceries and products from Japan are the order of the day across the more-than-50 stores. 
  • Japan Home (JHC) invites browsing for deals, it’s great to go and have a nosey and stock up on whatever is well-priced that day. 
  • Don Don Donki sounds super fun to say and is packed with Japanese groceries that you explore in a single-direction flow around the shop. 
  • Twins Co stocks all things baking so you can start out on a new hobby or take your cake-making to a whole new level. 
  • Marketplace by Jasons’ features in the article again because their prices are great and the stores aren’t overwhelming – we still love the app, too. 
  • A&M is the place for anyone with a taste for all things American, be that groceries or even the homewares they have, all in bulk, so great pricing. 
  • Wet Markets are scattered all over Hong Kong and packed with cheap, fresh produce; ask your neighbors where the closest one is if you’ve just moved to a new area.

Summary:

  • Home comforts and international goods are pretty accessible in Hong Kong, but knowing where to get them for the best prices in the city can be tough – it’s one of the reasons we put Savvy in HK together in the first place!
  • We’re all about quality as well, so whilst places like The Store may not be bargain-basement discounted items, you know you’re getting the food stuff and aren’t paying over the odds for it.

9. Best stores for buying kitchenware in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has so many great kitchenware stores. You can try Shanghai Street, or you can try one of the many specialty kitchenware stores that are scattered around Hong Kong.

What you need to know:

We’ve written an article that tells you where to get all your kitchenware needs, from crockery and the latest kitchen gadgets to wine glasses.

We recommend the best local street to get everything you need, as well as stores, outlets, and the department store that has huge, regular discounts.

Which stores we like:

Summary:

Your kitchen can say a lot about you; whether you’re completely organized with labels on every jar, or a chaotic neutral with food in cupboards, you just don’t know which ones.

Not only do you need to know where to find the best Hong Kong grocery stores, but you also need to make sure you have the kitchenware to prepare your meals as well as beautiful plates on which to eat your food.

Don’t forget, with Selfridges + Global, you pay an annual fee to waive all future delivery costs. There’s a great range of gadgets you can choose from. Crockery items might not be available to be shipped; check out our article dedicated to the advantages of a Selfridges membership.

FAQs about Hong Kong groceries

Which is the best international supermarket in Hong Kong?

The best international supermarkets in Hong Kong are City’Super in IFC or Oliver’s in the Prince’s Building. Neither sells cheap groceries, but if you want to buy a particular grocery item that is hard to find in other stores, these two stores are your best bet.

Which is the best organic food store?

The best organic food store in Hong Kong is The Store Hong Kong. Why is it the best? Because of the huge range of organic items, they sell from organic nuts and organic protein powder to organic protein balls to organic coconut milk. Currently, The Store Hong Kong sells almost 800 different types of organic products! They sell their products online, which helps to keep their costs and prices low!

Which is the best Japanese grocery store?

While several stores in Japan have a good range of Japanese groceries, such as 759, which is a well-known chain across Hong Kong, the newest chain and arguably the best Japanese store in Hong Kong is Don Don Donki.  Don Don Donki stores are jam-packed with Japanese groceries from fresh produce such as sashimi, fruit, vegetables, and freshly-cooked cakes to canned items and confectionary. If you want a particular Japanese grocery item, you will probably be able to find it at Don Don Donki.

Which is the best online health food store in Hong Kong?

This is an easy answer; the best online health food store in Hong Kong is The Store Hong Kong, which Ben Stocker founded. Why is The Store Hong Kong the best online health food store in Hong Kong? It’s because they sell the world’s best health food brands at the lowest prices you will find in Hong Kong. They don’t actually have a bricks-and-mortar store, which helps them to keep costs down. In addition, The Store Hong Kong offers same-day delivery.

Which is the best Korean grocery store?

If you want to get your hands on Korean groceries in Hong Kong, the best place to go is Kimberly Street in TST. You can find both Korea Mart at 2 Kimberley Street and New World Mart at 5 Kimberley Street on this street. You’re sure to find all the ingredients you need to whip up some delicious Korean food, and in addition, you can also buy Korean cosmetics and other personal items.

Where can I buy groceries online in Hong Kong?

– For cheese: The Cheese Club.
– For wine: Wine Brothers HK
– For health food products: The Store HK
– For Japanese food: Don Don Donki
– For spices: Regency Spices
– For general grocery delivery with great customer service: Market Place by Jasons

Where can I buy groceries in Hong Kong?

– Marks & Spencer: for British groceries
– Don Don Donki: for Japanese groceries
– U Select: for low-priced British groceries
– The Store HK: for a huge selection of quality health food products
– Cheese Club: for the lowest price cheese in Hong Kong

 

Finally

If you’re a food lover, you’re in luck; there are plenty of high-quality, inexpensive grocery stores in Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, it’s easy to buy French groceries, Italian groceries, European cheese, health food, and wine from all over the world. And if you know where to go, you should be able to cut down on your grocery costs without compromising on quality or taste.

We hope this list of Hong Kong grocery stores can be your guide around the city so you can get the freshest, most delicious, authentic food and ingredients at the best prices.

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