Supermarkets and Grocery Shopping

in Dominican Republic

Can You Buy GOOD Groceries in the DR?

Living on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic is lovely with its spectacular beaches, great sense of community and lively culture. And, you can rest assured that you will be able to find everything you need in terms of grocery shopping. Whether you go to local butchers for your meet, the corner store for your milk, or you hit the supermarket for everything, you can find everything you need close to your new home.

Sosua:

From Casa Linda, you can take our direct shuttle to Supermercado Playero supermarket in Sosua. The shuttle stops directly in front of the shop so you can just hop out, grab everything you need and wait for the next shuttle to come by to bring you back home.

If you wanted another option, that is also Super Pola which is equally popular within the expat community. Open daily from 8am to 10pm except for Sunday when it closes at 8pm, Super Polo offers everything you need by way of produce, dried goods, snacks,meat and poultry, dairy items and household goods such as cleaning products and laundry detergent.

 

 

Cabarete:

Supermercado Janet’s is as popular as ever providing locals and expats with the basics from food to pet supplies and more. If you end up needing odds and ends around the household as well, you can find them at Janet’s including extension cords, light bulbs and other items. The supermarket is also home to a coffeeshop, a Western Union office and a spin studio (upstairs).

Supermercado La Rosa is a much smaller,family-owned shop which is open quite a bit later than Janet’s so if you run out of food supplies or toilet paper and it is past 8pm, you know where you can go! One of the things that sets La Rosa apart is their selection of wines and spirits upon first entering the market and the fact that they had another section upstairs which is for household wares and items, and pet supplies.

Puerto Plata:

Given the available choices close to Casa Linda, you likely will not need to venture to Puerto Plata for your supplies. But if you happen to be in town and want to get your shopping out of the way before you head home, there are a few places you can try.

Supermercado Jose Luis is located near Long Beach and conveniently has everything you need, much like the other stores mentioned in this article. If you are looking for something similar to Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart, you can check out La Sirena on the the Malecon (oceanfront drive). They have clothing, furniture, household items as well as your standard groceries, much like the big box stores you could find in the suburbs of an American or Canadian city.  Jumbo is another big box store with groceries and a supercentre for household items. It has a fantastic grocery store that all expats love.  

For a local flavour, you could get your meat at the local German butcher, who is locally famous for great steaks.  Another expat fav is the fruit truck vendor who sells fresh local produce and fruits from the back of a pick up truck.  It’s what us locals do :).  Another alternative is to order fresh fruits and veggies to your door; from the Veggie Man. This kindly gentlemen is an expat who gets his wares directly from the farmers in the mountains and sells to us in the Sosua and Cabarete areas.  

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