There are two kinds of grocery shoppers: the ones who spend half an hour detailing a grocery list, and explorers. The latter stream into a superstore, dig deep through shelves, and play with new products. You can get the usual products from anywhere; Islamabad and Rawalpindi even offer some of the best grocery stores, with items ranging from fresh veggies to thing for around the house. But for grocery enthusiasts belonging to type 1 (like myself), we’ve made a list for you.

These four grocery stores have the best variety of products; both local and international. This may be of particular interest to our Cheflings, who are fond of trying new and exciting recipes and need ingredients and appliances to match. These superstores and hypermarkets are the places you need to check out:

1. Green Valley Premium Hypermarket (Bahria Town, Rawalpindi)

First on our list is Green Valley Premium Hypermarket. I can spend a whole day at Green Valley, roaming the aisles and exploring the diverse range of products it has to offer. Not only does it have popular local products but it also has a wide variety of imported items. In making Thai or Chinese dishes, you need special products which I don’t usually see  at any store — but you can bet Green Valley will have it. This alone makes this store a must visit for a genuine foodie. Another plus point is the availability of fresh items like cheese, olives and vegetables. A sweet addition to this store is it’s bakery, and makes your visit even more worthwhile.

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Address: Plot 67/C, Spring North, Bahria Expressway, Rawalpindi.

2. Metro Cash and Carry (Islamabad)

Metro Cash and Carry is among the most visited hypermarkets in Islamabad. This is largely because of the amiable environment, affordable rates and a wide range of almost every item available under one roof. Not to mention the free food samples you are most likely to get when you visit the food section here. A great aspect of Metro is the wide rows that are designated for specific categories. Here you’ll find fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, bakery items and much more.

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Address: Sector I-11/4, Islamabad.

3. Al-Fatah, Islamabad 

Al-Fatah offers amazing discounts, good quality products, attentive staff and a great environment. The staff is highly cordial and respectful, while items ranging from household to retail are all available under one roof. Al-Fatah has a great location; located inside Centaurus Mall, the hypermarket is always full of customers. You can actually get almost everything you need from here.

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Address: Ground Floor, Centaurus Mall, Sector F-8, Islamabad.

4. Best Price Cash and Carry (Islamabad)

This store provides a whole new level of amenities to local residents by offering not only affordable rates but also fresh, quality products. The store does not offer as much diversity as the other stores on this list, but Best Price excels in the categories it does cater for, making it one of the best in the twin cities.

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Address: Supermarket, Sector F-6, Islamabad.

Honorable mentions include, Shams (Supermarket, Sector F-6, Islamabad) and HyperStar (Phase 2, Defense Housing Authority, Islamabad).

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Duaa Asif

Business student, trainer, foodie and an entrepreneur to be!