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Checking off my grocery list in SA

I love grocery shopping. I find pleasure in walking down the isles, checking items off my list. Here it’s no different. I’ve been to a few different grocery stores, and they are all surprisingly much like American grocery stores. Sure most of the brands are different, and I find myself having to defer to my husband to see which is the tastier type of tinned (canned) tomatoes to buy or what type of cleaning spray works better, but for a foodie like me, it’s really fun to see the different types of food and flavors offered here.

My favorite store hands down is Woolworths Food. I LOVE this store. It is beautiful, very clean and organized. They have a coffee stand in the store and a hot area where they sell chicken and pies. Unlike a grocery store in the states, you won’t find a deli where they’ll slice up your lunchmeat or a bakery where they bake fresh cakes, but they do have those items in stock and have a lot of fresh, ready made food for people on the go (lasagne, noodle bowls, pasta and green salads, throw-in-the-oven-desserts, etc). I was also thrilled to see they offer vegetarian and vegan options! You will pay a little extra for some items, so for a big shopping trip, it’s not the most affordable for most families. They have a lot of gourmet and special items that you won’t find in the other stores.


I’ve also been to Pick n’ Pay, which I has the same set up as a Publix/Winn Dixie. This is your go to for basic food. You have your butcher, deli, bakery and produce on the perimeter and in the middle you have your isles of frozen and packaged food.


In Honeydew, we have a non-chain store called “Fruit Flowers and Fish.” This is my favorite place to shop besides Woolworths for fresh food. (For packaged foods I’d go to Pick N’ Pay). They have the best prices on produce and sell fresh fish. They also carry some health foods and asian items.

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On my to-visit-list is the  Food Lovers Market /Fruit & Veg City. I’ve heard a lot about the Food Lovers Market and it sounds very similar to a Fresh Market/Whole Foods store. We don’t have one super close to our house, but I WILL get there and will give a full review after!

 And just for fun, I’ve made a list of foods I am on the hunt for and haven’t found here (yet)!

  • Bagels
  • Black beans
  • Quinoa
  • Chia seeds
  • Almond milk
  • Flavored greek yogurt (they have plain in a large container at Woolworths, but I’m craving my Chobani/Fage individual cups!)
  • Broccoli (this one is baffling me a little because I haven’t even found it in the frozen section)
  • Mozzarella string cheese (don’t think I’m going to find this one)

Most of these foods are unimportant, and for every American food I’m missing, I’ve found a South African food to enjoy! Currently working on my list of my favorite South African food discoveries, so look out for that in an upcoming post!




By | October 9th, 2013 | SHOW COMMENTS (5)

5 Responses

  1. Brittany says

    Hello! I just came across your blog and I love it. I have been in S Florida for a few years and have lots of South African friends and also SA boyfriend. I always found it interesting to listen to South Africans talk about the things they miss from home. I now am here in SA and have been able to experience all these shops and foods they told me about. I just love it here. Its cool to read about other Americans and their experiences because now I can check some of the same boxes.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences!



    • Nicole_Ehrlich says

      Hi Brittany! I agree, it is pretty cool to experience all of the things my husband talked about loving in SA. Meat Pies, braais, cream soda, Pete’s Borewors, etc. You are like, oh yeah, now I get why you love it here!

      Are you in SA long-term, or will you be heading back to South Florida at some point?

      • Brittany says

        I hope to return to SA again after spending 6 weeks there, but I am now in the South of France looking for work. I will most definitely be back in Florida at some point but not really sure when. I work on the yachts, but as an American, Ft Lauderdale is my home base.

        I think I will miss meat pies, chili biltong, and the amazing wine the most 🙁

  2. Paige says

    As an American in SA I just had to comment on your post here because it took me such a long time to find some of the items you listed!

    I’ve found canned black beans at the Superspar in Hobart Square (Bryanston), that took me three years!

    You’ll find Quinoa in the natural food section at Dischem, and some PnP Hypers, Chia seeds might be there as well. The brand might be Nature’s Choice, but I know it’s in light blue packaging.

    Broccoli should be at Woolies, check again. And I recently found string cheese in the kid’s food section at Woolies, by the other snack cheeses.

    I just happened on your blog but love reading about another American here!

    • Nicole_Ehrlich says

      Hi Paige!

      I should update this post, because I too have found Quinoa in the Dischem! Happy day! I also found dried black beans in the same Dischem, but I will have to look at the SuperSpar because canned beans are so much less effort.

      Thanks for the tips 🙂