Perhaps one of the first few Japanese marketplaces to open in Singapore, Meidi-Ya is a favourite amongst locals and Japanese expats – and they’re just opened their second outlet at Great World City! If you’re looking for an all-rounder supermarket to do your weekly grocery trips, this is it, although items may seem a little pricier. They also sell ready-made sushi platters and bento boxes for fast meals.
Meidi-Ya Supermarket has two outlets: #B1-50 Liang Court Shopping Centre; and #B2-120 Great World City.
Photo: Great World City
2. Don Don Donki
This Japanese discount store that sells basically anything and everything, also sells an incredible, albeit slightly dizzying, array of groceries too. You can find all sorts of Japanese goods here, from fresh to frozen and everything inbetween, and they even serve up piping hot baked sweet potato in case you have the munchies while grocery-shopping. Fair warning though: The background jingle that’s played 24/7 can get stuck in your head.
Don Don Donki has four outlets: #B1-01 to B1-85 Square 2 Novena; B2 City Square Mall; Level 2 and 3 at 100AM; B1 and B2 at Orchard Central.
Photo: Don Don Donki
3. Isuramuya Japanese Restaurant & Marketplace
This Japanese restaurant and marketplace serves up a dose of authenticity in terms of food and produce available. All items are flown directly from Japan and the best part? It’s the only marketplace that sells Halal Japanese goodies and snacks.
Isuramuya is at #04-10 JCube.
At Kuriya, seafood gets flown in thrice weekly from Japan and is sold immediately. Besides fresh produce, ready-made sushi party platters, snacks and drinks are also available. Bonus: Chat up the fish specialists at either one of Kuriya’s 10 marketplaces in Singapore and gain some cooking tips and tricks.
Kuriya has 10 outlets: #B1-77 Jurong Point; #B1-03 Nex; #B1-17 Causeway Point; #B1-01 JEM; #B1-20 Waterway Point; #B1-07 Tampines 1; #B1-137 Tiong Bahru Plaza; #B1-152 Northpoint City; AMK Hub #B2-52; and #B1-07 Great World City (closed for renovation till 2020).
Want your Japanese groceries delivered to your doorstep? Now you can, with this online gourmet Japanese grocer which sells freshly-imported premium Japanese goods from ikura to uni, as well as specialty condiments, noodles and more. You can also find recipes on their website to kickstart your Japanese culinary journey.
There’s a basic delivery fee of $10, unless you order $100 and above. If you prefer to collect your goods personally, you can pick them up from their Yishun warehouse.
Visit the online store here. The warehouse is at 15 Yishun Industrial Street, 1 #01-26, Singapore 768091.
6. Isetan Supermarket
This Japanese supermarket stocks a great selection of fresh fruits and veggies flown in from Japan (we’re talking Amera tomatoes from Shizuoka and white sweet corn and Shimeiji mushrooms), as well as a range of sake and snacks. But beyond the grocery aspect, the store also serves up ready-to-eat food and drinks, with an in-store bar and even a bakery.
Isetan Supermarket has two outlets: Shaw Centre Lido, Basement; and #B2-01 Westgate.
7. Fish Mart Sakuraya
A quick trip to this minimart can get you – frozen ingredients, Japanese rice, alcohol, Japanese tidbits, ice-cream and beverages. Sakuraya is also famous for its value for money seafood such as salmon and tuna. You can choose the best looking fish from the showcase cabinet. There’s also a dining area for patrons wanting to savour fresh seafood and other dishes.
Sakuraya Fish Market has four outlets: #B1-50/51/52 West Coast Plaza; #B1-84D Parkway Parade; #01-32 Anchorpoint; and #02-01 The Seletar Mall.
8. Iroha Mart
This Japanese specialty store is a haven for lovers of Japanese confectionery, bottled drinks, cup noodles, you name it. Here you can find genuine food items that aren’t in your typical convenience store, such as the new Instant Mash Potato from Calbee. Perfect for stocking up on goodies for your guests or to bring to a picnic or house party!
Iroha Mart has two outlets: #B2-16/17 Plaza Singapura; and #B1-11 Chinatown Point.
The retail outlet of the Japan Prestige Sake Association, J-Mart is the best place to get authentic Japanese alcohol. Premium batches of sake are sold here at an affordable rate. You can also find a selection of chilled goods, sweets, snacks and condiments to go with your sake.
J-Mart is at #B1-28 The Star Vista; #B1-09 I12 Katong; and #B1-06 Century Square.