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)
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.
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.