Finding a Taste of Home in Qingdao

Finding a Taste of Home in Qingdao
By Derek McGuire ,

There used to be precious few places in Qingdao where Westerners could buy imported food. For those familiar with Jenny Lou’s in Beijing, for example, there was nothing comparable in Qingdao, and even finding staples like bread, milk and cheese could be difficult. Fortunately, for those of us pining for the flavors of home, things now seem to be on the up-and-up.

Metro, Qingdao

1) Jusco, Carrefour, etc…

Qingdao’s bigger, city centre supermarkets now tend to carry many of the same Western items, such as Italian-syle pastas and sauces, one or two brands of fresh milk, and some imported wines. Though there is a lot of overlap, each supermarket also stocks some different items. For example, Carrefour seems to be alone in stocking couscous, Hisense in stocking imported Cadbury’s chocolate bars, and a different selection of cheeses is available at every store. Each also has a bakery selling Western-style breads and pastries.
Jusco佳士客View In Map
Add: 72 XiangGang Middle Road, ShiNan District, Qingdao
地址 : 青岛市南区香港中路72号
Tel: 053285719600
hours: 8:30 -22:00
Add:1B, Wanda Plaza, 116 YanJi Road, ShiBei District, Qingdao
地址 :青岛CBD万达广场负一层,延吉路112号
Tel: 0532 6606 7878
Hours: 8:00 – 22:00

Carrefour View In Map
Add:21 XiangGang Middle Road, ShiNan District, Qingdao
地址 : 青岛市市南区香港中路21号 
Tel: 0532 85845026
Add: 128 ShanDong Road, ShiBei District, Qingdao
地址 : 青岛市山东路128号
Tel: 0532 8508 9156

MyKAL Shopping Mall麦凯乐View In Map
Add: 69 XiangGang Middle Road, ShiNan District, Qingdao
地址 : 青岛市香港中路69号
Tel: 0532 66700666
Hisense Plaza Shopping Mall海信广场View In Map
Add: 50 DongHai West Rd. (117 Macao Road), ShiNan District, Qingdao
地址 : 青岛市东海西路50号(澳门路117号)
Tel: 0532 6678 8888
Hours: 9: 00 – 22:00

Sunshine Plaza阳光百货View In Map
Add: 38 XiangGang Middle Road, ShiNan District, Qingdao
地址 : 青岛市香港中路38号
Tel: 0532 86677166

2) Leader and Lotte

In the Shilaoren area, the newer Leader and Lotte supermarkets now also make some imported food accessible to expat residents in the city’s Laoshan district. Several smaller Korean stores nearby – and those dotted elsewhere around the city – also tend to sell dairy products such as milk and cheese.

Leader PlazaView In Map
Add: 18 QinLing Road, LaoShan District, Qingdao
地址 : 青岛市崂山区丽达广场, 秦岭路18号
Tel: 0532 66718018
Lotte MartView In Map
Add: 27 XianXiaLing Road, LaoShan District, Qingdao
地址 : 青岛市崂山区乐天玛特, 仙霞岭路27号,
Tel: 0532 83958008

3)Silver Garden Grocery ShopView In Map

The little family-run grocery store in Silver Garden is chock-full of packaged and frozen American foodstuffs, some Indian ready-made meals and other international foods, many of which aren’t available elsewhere. It’s one of a few places you can find a Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce, for instance. However, prices reflect the fact that stock is imported in relatively small quantities, so it’s easy to spend a lot on very little. Just around the corner in the same residential block, you’ll find an excellent French bakery where you can pick up some excellent, fresh bread – if you’re timing is lucky.

Add: Yindu Garden, Bldg. 12, 1A CuiBaiGe, 1 ZhangHua Road, ShiNan District, Qingdao
地址 : 青岛市彰化路1号, 银都花园12号翠柏阁1A
Tel: 0532  85897732

4) Metro Cash & CarryView In Map

Metro Cash & Carry has long been considered one of the best places for imported Western food, but now many of the products it carries are offered elsewhere in the city. It remains, however, a great place for buying bulk, as well as a good spot for wine and other more difficult-to-source items, such as fresh herbs.

Add: 116 ChongQing South Road, SiFang District, Qingdao
地址 : 麦德龙, 重庆南路116号, 中国山东省青岛市四方区
Tel: 0532 85668888; 80899880 (English)

5) DEFA German Butchery

The German, DEFA brand of sausages and hams are popular among Westerners in Qingdao. They can be found at their dedicated store in Eldo Gardens, a few of the major supermarkets and the Crowne Plaza’s second floor deli.

Eldo GardensView In Map
Add: Eldo View Garden Shopping Center, 1 Hai'an Rd. LaoShan District, Qingdao
地址 : 德发德式肉制品店, 海安路1号, 银都景园, 景园福超市
Tel: 0532 8801-8634
Crowne Plaza Bakery & DeliView In Map
Add: 2F Crowne Plaza Hotel, 76 XiangGang Middle Road, ShiNan District, Qingdao
地址 : 青岛市市南区颐中皇冠大酒店烘培房, 香港中路76号颐中皇冠2楼,
Tel: 0532 8571 8888

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The best place in Qingdao to buy western produce is Hisense shopping mall.

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