American In Macau’s Ultimate Grocery Shopping Guide: Taipa & Coloane
When you arrive in a foreign land to live as an expatriate or “expat”, it is important to find adventure foods that allow you to taste your new country’s cuisine and familiar foods to help your transition run smoothly. Macau has three main regions, Macau, Taipa and Coloane.
The hunt for food here in Macau is quite different to what I was familiar with in America. In Las Vegas, where I had previously lived for 10 years, I was near six mega grocery stores, a Whole Foods and Walmart in a three mile radius where I could achieve all of my grocery shopping goals in a matter of minutes. I expected Macau to be different with stores filled with new and interesting foods but to be honest, those that came before me had fully “westernized” grocery stores in Macau. The major difference is that you spend a few hours grocery shopping in Taipa and Coloane because each store carries different items and unfortunately one store does not stock your entire list. In town, it is quite literally a hunt for food.
The days of “I’m just going to run to the store for a few quick items” is gone but in its place is a delicious adventure in locating all of your items in one morning or afternoon. If you desire Taco Night, you go to Supreme, if you want PG Tips (the only tea for self respecting British people like my husband) you run to Park N Shop, for the best price on blueberries, you go to the stand near Green Cross and so on. It is always a special feat to achieve your entire list and most of the time you aren’t able to find everything but it’s darn close here in Macau.
This grocery store guide will help you with your hunt for food in both Taipa and Coloane.
PARK N SHOP
Macau, Flower City (edf. Lei Tou), Rua. de Évora, Taipa
The “Go To” for Expats and Macanese in Taipa for the 75% chance to find the item you really need is the local Park N Shop located adjacent to Flower City. This store is a must for American/ British/ Chinese cuisines and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese or $12 USD or $96 MOP free range New Zealand eggs. Visit Sonny, the amazing butcher (more on Sonny in my next post) who will help you select the perfect and freshest meat from Australia and beyond. If you want a perfect steak, this is your first visit. Grab your PG Tips, American cleaning supplies (organic Fruit and Veggie wash), American milk, Honey Nut Cherios, etc. It is rare to miss anything on your list at Park N Shop but here’s the thing, the prices are intense at this store because it has most of everything you need.
Location 1: Estrada Governador Albano De Oliveira, Taipa | Location 2: Avenida Olympica, New Flower City, Taipa
Your next stop after Park N Shop is usually San Miu or for most non expats in Macau, this is your first stop. Prices are much more reasonable at this store because you find more local food and less “expat food”. This store has a fabulous adult beverage section with great prices on wine and liquor and the cheapest Tsing Tao on the block. If you are not picky on your brands and can read Chinese, San Miu is a great stop for you! On a side note, the Kodak store is located inside the San Miu shopping center which is helpful to know because they take and print passport and visa photos in house.
SUPREME FOOD MARKET
Rua de Évora 427, Macau
Supreme quite literally has a wall of Mexican Food! Taco Night, Burrito Night, Nachos, it’s all here. When you desire really great cheeses, champagne, and your weekly or monthly fix of Old El Paso salsa and taco packs, Supreme is a great store for you. It’s also a major destination for vegetarians. Supreme hosts a variety of faux meat alternatives. This grocery store also carries a wide variety of pasta and sauces for Italian cooking and everything you need for a British Sunday Roast dinner. Love Supreme for the unique items but for a large diverse shopping trip, it may not be the best for you. Just think of Supreme when you are ready for a special meal.
成昌超級市場 SUPERMERCADO SENG CHEONG
Av. Dr Sun Yat Sen
Personally, I love shopping at Seng Cheong the most. Everyone is super friendly and helpful and this store delivers your groceries to your home for free! Other stores deliver like Park N Shop and San Miu but I have discovered that I receive the most efficient and polite service from Seng Cheong. This store carries American food, British food, Thai food, really everything but this is the store for you if you want reasonable prices, great selection, delicious and inexpensive Portuguese wine but are not picky about specific brands. Seng Cheong carries a wide variety of baking items and a fabulous selection of sauces and event relish. Two thumbs up for Seng Cheong!
Rua de Lagos, No. 31, 41 & 47, Taipa
The Sam’s Club of Macau is Mama Care. Large bulk items from America can be found in this store like big cans of peanuts, chips, party food and more. Mama Care is a discount store if you have a club card but in order to receive the lower price, you must spend $300 USD in about three months to apply and the card may take several weeks to arrive but it is worth it if you need to buy in bulk. You can also find fruits and veggies, cleaning supplies, drinks, meat and cheeses here but the selections can be limited. Think of Mama Care for big parties and kid treats and really delicious salmon.Visit MamaCare on Facebook.
Rua de Fat San, No. 104-184 R/C, Edificio Kam Lei Tat, Taipa
The Royal in Taipa is not as grand and diverse as the store on the Macau side of town but it is a great starting point. For a non specific list, think about Royal or stop in after you have visited the Electronics department of the store for yet another dehumidifier, heater or new television. I like to go upstairs at Royal to stock up on shampoo, lotion, kitchen items or toilet paper because they have great prices and a lot of variety.
Edificio Nam San (bloco 2), 212 柯 維 納 馬路 200-212 號 樂 駿 盈 軒 地下 Macau, 200 Estr. Gov. Albano de Oliveira, Macau.
If you enjoy Japanese cuisine, Grand Mart is a great store for you! They have a wide variety of products to tempt your Japanese palette and a decent selection of grocery items. Grand Mart has also, on occasion, carried items from the beloved Trader Joe’s in America but this is not a consistent thing. It is a special surprise like finding Nut Thins and Wheat Thins on the shelf. If you ever told me that I would be really excited to buy a box of Wheat Thins, I would not have believed you. Visit Grand Mart on Facebook.
CCK FROZEN FOOD
大連街至尊花城第三座地下V舖/ 853 Taipa, Ilhas, Macau
Welcome to CCK Frozen Food or “The Frozen Food Store” as it is affectionately referred to in Taipa, Macau. We live on an island and so most if not all of our food is imported and the frozen food market is booming. Anyone in Taipa will tell you that if you want a delicious Pork Tenderloin or really great organic chicken breasts, CCK Frozen Food is your best bet. A small shop in Taipa filled with frozen goodness, CCK Frozen Food will fill your freezer with burgers, pork loin, mussels, chicken and more! Visit CCK on Facebook.
PARK N SHOP- One Oasis
One Oasis, Commercial 4 of the building located at Aterro da Concordia S/N and Estrada de Seac Pai Van S/N, Lote 10, Coloane
The One Oasis Park N Shop is the newest addition to Coloane grocery stores. This market is very small but hosts a wide variety of British, American and Chinese products. While a miniature version of the Taipa PNS store, this location is easy to access by all One Oasis residents and does offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, daily, frozen foods, ramen soup, crackers and cleaning supplies. The wine offerings at this location range between MOP$75 and up.
PARK N SHOP Seac Pai Van
Seac Pai Van is a community of mostly “local” residents of Macau and hosts a large variety of Chinese foods from chicken feet and black chicken meat to noodles and seasonings. The store also has a large selection of wine and beer and an ever growing selection of British and American food. This store has a larger variety of items than the One Oasis PNS store including a large sushi counter. For residents of Coloane, this store is a must visit for your weekly shopping excursions.
Wishing everyone the best of luck with your food hunting endeavours!
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