Food is expensive here -- my grocery shopping round up

I went to the supermarket for the first time yesterday where I experienced my first case of sticker shock.  Eating imported foods is expensive, and I don't eat many of the local foods which puts me in a bad place.  I also don't have a car, which means I can only shop in places that are relatively close to my house.  I ended up going to Hayat, a butcher down the street from my house and a Coq'ivoire.

1st stop: Hayat

(in the Cap Sud shopping complex) 

Amount spent:

32 000 francs for 30 items. 

  • The upside: Don Simon Sangria for 1100 francs. Finding muesli. 
  • The downside: How expensive meats and produce were in the supermarket.

I have been told to go to markets for fresh fruit, but I am not sure where my local market is. 

2nd stop: le terroir

(butcher's shop on rue du canal)

I walked by this place and everything looked amazing.  I ended up getting two lamb chops for 1 190 francs and 12 chipolatas for 2 313. 

3rd stop: Coq'Ivoire

(poultry shop). I got 1 kg of chicken thighs for for 2950. 

4th stop: Street vendor

I  bought 4 tomatoes on the side of the road for 200 francs, but they were looking kind of old.

Bottom line:

I spent a grand total of 39 000 francs to stock up my fridge for this week.  I'm a single person, so that's a lot.  But I did end up buying poultry, meat, lentils, couscous, pasta, olive oil and some canned goods for that money.  Finding Don Simon didn't hurt either. I'm starting to learn that I shouldn't expect to save money on food here (unless I start eating a lot more local foods).  If I don't, my food costs will work out to the same amount of money I would spend if I were living in France, or any major US city.