Supermarkets

paper bags

Paper bags with no handles, like in the films

There are five or six main supermarket chains on the island and a couple of one-offs. The opening times take a bit of getting used to, especially the short hours on a Sunday.

Most are open until 9pm or 10pm daily except Sundays when they are open from 1pm – 5pm or 6pm.

The other thing to remember is that you can’t buy off-licence alcohol anywhere on a Sunday or after 9pm any other day. Don’t worry, it’s still available in bars and restaurants!

You can’t always get what you need or want so if you’re cooking a recipe, you might have to compromise or even be prepared to change your recipe completely. And if you see something you like (Marmite, Nutella, Jaffa Cakes…) buy two – you never know when  you might see it again!

Lindo’s

Renowned as having the freshest fruit and veg (probably apart from Miles), there are two Lindo’s and they are probably like a Sainsbury’s – despite the terrible ads. Actually, I think the ads are quite endearing and you see these celebrities around town regularly!

Miles

Miles is lovely – expensive but lovely. Like a foodhall rather than a supermarket, Bermuda’s answer to Harvey Nicks or Harrods (well not quite!)

Supermart

On Front Street and in St. George’s, Supermart is the Waitrose of the supermarkets and this is largely due to the fact they sell Waitrose products! I found this very comforting when we first arrived and it’s my favorite supermarket by far. Pricier than Marketplace, but not by a lot.

Marketplace

There are loads of Marketplaces around, they don’t have the best reputation for fresh goods but I think the prices reflect this. We once got some badly stored porridge with weevils (well, I don’t know what they were, but this seems a good enough description) in it. They exchanged it and said “it happens”! I suppose Marketplace would be like a not quite so good Tesco’s.

Arnolds

There is one on Front Street and they are open late. They don’t sell much fresh food, it’s more of a large corner shop. But there are other Arnolds that we’ve never been to – they are yellow.

Whites

I haven’t been into a Whites, but I have seen them. http://www.experiencebermuda.com/shopping/?id=76&type=all

Hunts

I got this off the Hunts Twitter page – Tuesday 5% OFF and Thursday for seniors 10% OFF Cash or Check ONLY. Hours: Mon. – Fri., 9am – 7pm ◊ Sat., 8am – 8pm. 5 Quarry Lane, Khyber Pass, Warwick ◊ 236-6343

Discounts

Pay in cash on a Wednesday and you get 5% off. Arnolds also has a customer appreciation day, I don’t remember the details but I think it might be 15% off one night a month.

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