My five year old daughter says that her favourite activities in life are packing suitcases, organising closets and grocery shopping. Yes, it appears that I am raising a mini-me. I took over grocery shopping duties for my family at age 18 when I got my driver's license in Canada. I must confess that up until very recently grocery shopping in North America or parts of Europe was much, much more pleasurable than market shopping in Istanbul. All the big players in Turkey were greatly lagging behind in the game in terms of the ritzy, glitzy, enticing, beguiling grocery-store models we were used to from our international experiences...and the products themselves were a mess in terms of packaging, labelling and product variety/options.
More recently quality food products that are pleasantly packaged have started popping up all over the place. Here are my favourite products...I have tried them all but these are by far the best. See which products made my list...
I often get confused when there is too much choice but also get dismayed when there isn't enough variety in a grocery store. I am sure that you are well aware that thousands of pages have been written about how we make purchasing decisions in grocery stores/supermarkets. It really is a wild science this business of buying groceries...
I shop at Carrefour, Macrocenter and Migros as they are the stores which happen to be close by. I have also shopped at Tansas, Sariyer Market, Real, Ozdilek and Kipa in the past. I buy my "fancy" foods from Gourmet Garage or Eataly and have discovered a whole slew of online gourmet shops which deliver right to your door. I try when I can to buy all of my fruits and vegetables from the fresh "farmers" market and like fresh bakery baked bread. Ortakoy has the most amazing little bakeries by the way...
So here is my shopping list below (in no particular order)...of course it is not a complete list but these products end up in my cart 8/10 times so I have included them in this TOP Products list. Also...these are all Turkish brands!!!!
What are some of your favourites?
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