There are of course several ways of doing grocery shopping in Groningen. In the following we will provide you with some tips on where to do your grocery shopping in general, and where you will find cheaper alternatives.
First of all, there are the normal supermarkets, such as “Albert Heijn”, “Jumbo”, “Lidl”, “Aldi”, “Super de Boer” etc. The biggest Albert Heijn (or “Appi” how the Dutch like to call it) is located directly at the Vismarkt in the City Centre of Groningen. The selection is huge and you will certainly find good food there. An advice would be getting a discount card because by obtaining it, you will get a lot of products cheaper. You can get it inside.
Additionally, there are an “Aldi” and a “Jumbo” next to each other close to the Norderplantsoen (the street is called: “Korreweg”). Those two supermarkets are a good alternative to the Appi.
Jumbo at the “Korreweg”
Apart from that there takes place the Farmer’s Market, 3 times a week (Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays). Lots of people don’t know that you don’t only get your vegetables and fruits over there in a better quality, but you may get it a lot cheaper, as well. It is therefore advisable paying the Farmer’s Market a visit once in a while. It is located as well at the Vismarkt, and you could combine a visit of the Appi with a walk over the market.
Another “secret” is going to “Xenos, which is located as well at the Vismarkt. They have a lot of cheap products, which not a lot of people know about. It is especially a good place when planning a party or planning a gathering with friends.
Alert Heijn at the Vismarkt
If you are looking for some special non-typical ingredients, you may want to look into the more specialised stores. There are one or two stores selling Mediterranean delicacies on the Vismarkt, a Russian store a little to the south (Paterswoldseweg 90) and an oriental supermarket offering a wide variety of products from Asia very close to the Jumbo (Korreweg 51). Food and spices from the Balkans can also be found at a number of Turkish stores located around Groningen (there are two on Poelestraat) as well as a Bulgarian store on Oude Kijk in Het Jatstraat 56.
Here are the websites to the Russian store and the Asian supermarket: http://www.russischewinkel.nl/
Have fun shopping!
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