There are three main supermarket chains, all vying for our attention. We like each of them for different reasons, and that is the main frustration with supermarkets here: it is VERY difficult to find everything you need in one shop, so your weekly shop can become very time consuming. That’s why we praise Keells and Arpico for its delivery service or collection at store.

1. Cargill’s Food City

Basement Colombo City Centre, 137 Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo 02 | Opening Hours: 10am-10pm | 0112 083 038
Cargill’s leads the supermarket stakes at the moment with their flagship store at CCC. They have brought in a team who previously worked at Carrefour and are doing a brilliant job to cater to the international consumer. They have an excellent range of fruit and veg, some things you don’t get in other supermarkets, and they have partnered up with APERO foods, so you can get a lot of fresh imported items like salami, cheeses, plus great pastas.
They also have the best selection of meat we have found so far. We love that they stock Movenpick ice cream and yoghurt. This supermarket is well thought out and they have incredibly helpful staff; their only downfall is their lack of cleaning products and organic spices. Well done though, Cargill’s, you have made shopping a lot more pleasurable. Their other stores are not quite as well stocked, but remember they are not always catering to the expat market. They are always clean and have helpful staff.

2. Keells Super

Crescat Boulevard,89 Galle Road, Colombo 03 | Opening Hours: 9am-9.30pm | 0112 303 500
They have just had a rebranding and are determined to keep up with Cargill’s. They are all well stocked supermarkets and have an expanding new range of products coming in to cater to all tastes. You will find them located all over Colombo. An added bonus is that they deliver to your home or allow you to order groceries online and collect them from your local store via , which will save you a good couple of hours during the week. We also love their organic range of fruit and veg.

3. Arpico Supercentre

Colombo 2, 69 Hyde Park Corner, Colombo 02 | Opening Hours: 9am-10pm | 072 010 0800
The Hyde Park store is huge, and sells everything from Christmas trees to plastic boxes galore to fresh fruit and veg. They have one of the better selections of cleaning products and cleaning equipment, but their snack range for crisp lovers is not the best. Also, useful for cooking utensils, especially their coconut spoons which are brilliant. Their improved fruit and veg selection includes a good organic range. The staff are not as helpful as the other two supermarkets

4. Spar Supermarket

267 Union Pl, Colombo 01 | Opening Hours: 7am-11pm | 0115 007 815
Spar is an international brand which now has 3 branches around Colombo and beyond.  The latest and most central is Union Place and we love it for giving us another option and a solid product line.

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