Where to Shop for Foreign Groceries: Import Supermarkets in Shanghai

Where to Shop for Foreign Groceries: Import Supermarkets in Shanghai
By Cynthia Lopez , eChinacities.com

China’s large cities, like Shanghai and Beijing, are enjoying a booming market in imported food products, with new supermarkets and stores specializing in foreign-produced groceries popping up each year. In China, most people are purchasing imported products not just because they crave food from home, but because we’re concerned about eating food from a country with very lax regulations on food production. A continuous stream of food-related scandals have left both locals and foreigners wary about domestic products, such as baby formula. This article goes beyond the well-known foreign chains like City Shop and Carrefour, and covers a wide variety of imported food options in Shanghai.

Big Chains

1) OléView In Map
Olé has two locations in Shanghai and both supermarkets are located near a subway station. Although Olé has a decent selection of foreign products, it does not carry some of the more obscure products that you can find at City Shop. However, the prices here are a bit cheaper than at City Shop. They also have a rather good selection of fresh-cut sushi and sashimi. And if you spend more than 588 RMB you are eligible to receive an Olé membership card. A few of the special perks that members receive are free parking and discounts on selected items. This supermarket has more than 20 branches throughout China, in cities such as Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Beijing.

Add: Grand Gateway, B/F, 1 Hongqiao Lu, near Huashan Lu, Shanghai 
地址: 上海市虹桥路1号B1楼(),近华山路
Tel: 021 6132 7530
Opening hours: Daily, 8:30-22:00
Getting there: Take subway line 1, 9 or 11 to Xujiahui station

Add: Kerry Centre Jing'An, NB2-01, North Area, 1563 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Changde Lu 
地址: 上海市嘉里中心北区, 南京西路1563号NB2-01单元, 近常德路
Tel: 021 6067 3067
Opening hours: Daily, 8:30-22:00
Getting there: Take subway line 2 or 7 to Jing’an Temple station

Import Supermarkets in Shanghai
Photo: idealshanghai.com

2) City’superView In Map
The next big chain supermarket comes from Hong Kong; it’s called City’super. This supermarket’s prices are more or less the same as City Shop’s prices. But if you’re looking for a place to find all the supplies you need to cook up a holiday feast then City’super is the place to go! You’ll find almost everything you need to bake a turkey or make some pie, although it’ll definitely cost you a pretty penny. City’super has three locations in Shanghai; one in Pudong and two locations in Puxi. Both supermarkets are conveniently located near  subway stations.

Add: IAPM Mall, B/1, 999 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu, Shanghai 
地址: 上海市淮海中路999号5楼, 近陕西南路
Opening hours: Daily, 10:00-22:00
Website: www.citysuper.com.cn
Getting there: Take subway line 1 or 11 to South Shaanxi Road station

Add: IFC Mall, 8 Century Avenue, near Lujiazui Huan Lu, Pudong, Shanghai
地址: 上海市浦东世纪大道8号,近陆家嘴环路
Opening hours: Daily, 10:00-22:00
Website: www.citysuper.com.cn
Getting there: Take subway line 2 to Lujiazui Road station

Add: Times Square, 99 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Pu'an Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市淮海中路99号, 近普安路 
Opening hours: Daily, 10:00-22:00
Website: www.citysuper.com.cn
Getting there: Take subway line 1 to South Huangpi Road station

Online Supermarkets

1) Fields
Fields is one of the most popular online supermarkets in Shanghai. They have a great selection of imported and organic produce. If you don’t have an oven or don’t have time to cook a whole feast, then let Fields do the cooking for you. You can order Christmas meals (turkey, mashed potatoes, etc.) and have it delivered to your doorstep. If you order over 200 RMB then you’ll receive free shipping. But all this convenience doesn’t come for free, so be prepared to spend a hefty premium if you shop at Fields.

Tel: 400 021 0339
Opening hours: Daily, 10:00-22:00
Website: www.fieldschina.com

2) Epermarket
This online store is a newcomer and has countless deals throughout the year. Epermarket has an extensive variety of imported products. They have similar deal as Fields, where if you place an order of 200 RMB or more and you’ll get free shipping. When you first open an account at Epermarket.com you’ll receive a free membership card and a 5% discount on your first order. Prices at Epermarket are slightly cheaper than it’s competitors; and one of the best things about ordering from Epermarket is the 1-hour delivery service. Check out their website for some of the best deals on imported food.

Tel: 400 776 0776
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm-10pm, 
Website: www.epermarket.com

Hidden Gems

1) Avocado LadyView In Map
Have you heard of the Avocado Lady? The Avocado Lady got here name by selling the cheapest avocados in town, 7 RMB per avocado! She has an abundant selection of imported favorites at her tiny shop in the French Concession. Imported grains, European beer & wine, and even fresh produce, what more could one ask for. Weekends are packed with foreigners stocking up on products from home. Prices here are only slightly cheaper than at City Shop; but the avocados are significantly cheaper than anywhere in Shanghai.

Add: 274 Wulumuqi Lu, near Wuyuan Lu, Xuhui district
地址: 上海市徐汇区乌鲁木齐路274号, 近无源路
Tel: 021 6347 7262
Opening hours: Daily, 6:00-21:00
Getting there: Take subway line 1 or 7 to Changshu Road station

2) Shanghai Centre Farmers’ MarketView In Map
The Shanghai Centre Farmers’ Market is on West Nanjing Road, close to City Shop. On every 3rd Sunday of the month there’s a local farmers’ market. If you’re willing to pay a premium for some of the highest quality imported products then definitely check out the farmers’ market. They sell high-end organic products, such as cheese and hard-to-find produce. The market has over 100 vendors selling just about anything you can eat. Check out this market if you’re looking for some of the most rare, imported goods.

Add: Suite Motor Court, Level A, 710 Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Tongren Lu, Shanghai
地址:上海市 静安区南京西路1376号, 近西康路
Tel: 021 6279 8600 ext. 6621
Opening hours: Every 3rd Sunday, 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Website: www.shanghaicentre.com
Getting there: Take subway line 2 to West Nanjing Road station

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Chinaglenn, of course you can buy your meat at the Chinese market but how safe is that? First of all you have no idea how those animals are raised and what they are fed. Secondly, there's so much bacteria around those places! I'm a big fan of Fields and I'm definitely not a millionaire. But I am very picky with food safety. I agree some products might be overpriced but when I taste them I don't mind it a bit. City Shop is good too but unfortunately I rarely have enough time to do my own errands. But they do have a nice selection :)

Jul 03, 2014 17:39 Report Abuse



Where to Shop for Foreign Groceries : Of course in the western. Now you are in China, so get use to Chinese things, and anyway many foreign products sold in China are fake.

Jun 27, 2014 20:30 Report Abuse



Yep, exactly. the choice is same as every carefour or auchan supermarket and prices at least double.

Aug 07, 2014 12:29 Report Abuse