5 specialty online grocers you need to know about


What it is: Due to launch sometime in November, this place is an advocate for small-batch food producers, homecooks and chefs. Expect everything artisanal here, from cookware and kitchen utensils to artisanal spirits and food. There’s also a section dedicated to recipes and tutorials with tips on how to cold brew coffee, cook with Himalayan salt slabs or even barrel-age your own cocktails at home.
The catch: Delivery starts at $5 for anything below 5kg and goes up to $9 for up to 20kg.
What to get: Hand-crafted ceramic mugs from NAFA artist Zestro Leow (from $30), Chef Ryan Clift’s (Tippling Club) Blade of the Gods knife series ($450) and Chef Shen Tan’s Madam Tan’s sambals ($12-14).


What it is: A marketplace for everything locally-made, it has six different categories ranging from Quenchers with teas, juices and sodas; Spreads that has jams and butters; and Accessories and Others with ceramic ware and kitchen tools. Local brands like Eastern Granola, Hic Juice, Cupplets and The Wholesome Co. are featured and they’ve also got a pop-up in Tiong Bahru where you can sample the products.
The catch: Free delivery for orders of more than $120, with a flat fee of $10 for all orders below that.
What to get: Chi-chi home party essentials like disposable China-esque plates ($15) and local produce like Brew’s wine-inspired teas ($11-22) and Mofo Chili’s Dodge The Bullet ($10). 


What it is: Specializing in all kinds of Italian produce, choose from 11 hampers that have a range of products like breads, pastas, spices, olive oils, vinegars, herbs and wines. They’ve roped in over 30 Italian producers in order to curate each hamper. Think wild Calabrian artichoke, Sicilian olives, handmade pasta and wines from wineries like Tedeschi, Tenuta Moraia and Vallebelbo.
The catch: Hamper prices range from $128 to $588, with an option for two-hour express delivery for $15. 
What to get: Hampers are hand-picked and assembled in Italy, so pick one based on your needs and budget.

Simply Fresh

What it is: A fruit and vegetable subscription service specializing in fresh organic-certified produce from Europe. Delivered to subscribers weekly, each box of fruits and veg weighs between 5-7kg and contains treats hard to find in Singapore like black salsify, root parsley and seasonal fruits. There are nine types of boxes from Office and School Box, meant to be consumed with minimal prep time, to Smoothie with ingredients that are ideal for juicing and blending.
The catch: Subscriptions can be purchased weekly, monthly or per half year. Boxes cost $138 each, while a surprise box costs $120. Seasonal boxes also include recipes and tips from chefs like Bruno Menard and Stephan Zoisl.
What to get: Opt for the Office Box ($138) to get out of that unhealthy work rut and get that daily dose of vitamins straight from Europe.


What it is: Specializing in restaurant-quality Japanese produce and cooking products, everything’s sourced from markets in Japan and flown in fresh twice a week. They’ve got with items like Ito wagyu ribeye (from $347), inaniwa udon (from $5.50), sauces and seasonings (from $3), as well as tons of seafood like chutoro (medium fatty tuna, $155) and ikura (salmon roe, $72).
The catch: Free delivery for orders of more than $100, anything below has a $30 delivery charge.
What to get: Co-founder Amanda Tan can’t get enough of their uni trays ($80) and ikura ($72) and she tops almost all her dishes with these fresh ingredients.