Be transported to Mexico, South Africa, Bhutan & more at these 8 exotic specialty grocery marts in Singapore

by June Ngooi

Despite its small size, Singapore has no shortage of hidden spots that always offer little surprises. 

Ever since I chanced upon the German specialty mart in Bukit Timah, it got me wondering — is there anywhere else that has exotic grocery in Singapore selling grocery items from other parts of the world?

Turns out there are indeed such marts, and some of these are just too good to gatekeep!

1. Arabic Market Singapore

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You might have heard of Arab Street, but have you heard of the Arabic Market?

The Middle East is a region rich in resources and home to various grains and legumes. Naturally, there are some that are hard to find in this part of our world. 

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With specially curated selections such as tahini, Turkish apple tea, organic extra virgin Palestinian olive oil, and even non-consumable items like body mud masks from the Dead Sea, the options are almost endless. 

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Arabic Market does not really have a physical store that you can browse at, but the good news is that it has a presence on Shopee and Lazada so that you can shop from the comforts of your own home!

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???? 609 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 26971

2. LeMed

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When we think of the Mediterranean, we think of its gorgeous beaches and coastlines on top of its delicious cuisine. 

But with LeMed, you won’t have to imagine that anymore because it has a wide selection of ingredients and products that bring the taste of the Mediterranean countryside and sea to us here in Singapore. 

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Spanning across categories like Dried Fruits & Nuts, Olive Oil Products, Pasta, Grains & Legumes, and even alcohol, it’s almost like you’ve been transported there

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???? Blk 3015A #06-04 Ubi Rd 1, Singapore, Singapore 408705
???? 9am—6pm (Mon to Fri), 10am—12pm (Sat), Closed on Sun

3. Pronto

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If the free same day delivery did not catch your eye like it did with mine, then perhaps Pronto’s extensive emphasis on Turkish products will. 

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As a Turkish specialty mart, Pronto carries many unique homegrown labels flown straight into Singapore such as Dr. Oetker, Meysu, Burcu, and Caykur. 

Do take note, though, that there isn’t any in-store shopping for this one and it’s only open for order collection only!

???? 994 Bendemeer Road, #07-06 B-Central, Singapore 339943
???? 9.30am—1pm, 2pm—5.30pm (Mon to Fri), Closed on Sat and Sun

4. Baltic Supermart

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One of the more well-known specialty marts here is Baltic Supermart with its various types of ingredients and grocery products imported from Russia.

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The grocery mart has also expanded its product line to include Eastern Europe brands from countries such as Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and many more. One of its bestsellers includes Slavic specialty coffee and tea, which many Singaporeans love.   

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???? 235 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428929
???? 12pm—9pm (Mon to Fri), 12pm—10pm (Sat to Sun)

5. African Market Place

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Previously known as The Springbok Bazaar, African Market Place is mostly known for its sizable and diverse range of South African products.

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Aficionados of wine may rejoice in African Market’s extensive range of wine products, spanning premium wines to everyday wines. Just a quick glance through the list and you’ll  definitely find a couple of worthy ones to add to your collection!

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???? 619E Bukit Timah Rd, #01-00, Singapore 269725
???? 10am—6pm (Mon to Fri), 9am—5pm (Sat), Closed on Sun

6. Bhutan Natural

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What I know about the Kingdom of Happiness might be limited, but knowledge expands every day and today I learned that there is a specialty mart in Singapore that sells Bhutan products.

Although most of the items at Bhutan Natural are non-consumable, it also has a grocery line for some condiments and tea bags from Bhutan. 

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???? 60 Albert Street, #12-04, OG Albert Complex, Singapore 189969
???? 10am—6pm (Mon to Fri), Closed on Sat and Sun

7. La Mexicana

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Watching my colleague excitedly browse through the product list on La Mexicana’s website saying “I can finally start on that taco recipe now!” was completely understandable. 

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Boasting exotic grocery from Latin America, La Mexicana has a decent range of Mexican chillies that can hardly be found here in Singapore or even in nearby regions. Aside from the usual tortillas and hot sauces, this specialty mart also has fresh guac and dips, as well as mezcal — a traditional Mexican distilled beverage. 

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La Mexicana’s tortillas and chips are also halal certified, so Muslims will also be able to enjoy this as well!

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???? 30 Victoria St, #01-19 CHIJMES, Singapore 187996
???? 12pm—8pm (Sun to Wed), 12pm—9pm (Thu to Sat)


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An exotic grocery mart in Singapore featuring East European grocery items, bublik impressed me with its many different grocery categories and quality brands chosen that are airflown to Singapore. 

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Seeing things like the Cabbage Sauerkraut and Ukrainian dumplings already makes me want to place an order and honestly, with the same day delivery options available, I can do it anytime.

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???? 11 Sam Leong Rd, #01-01, Trio, Singapore 207903
???? 12pm—7pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun

So which mart of the world are you going to start your journey with?

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