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Groceries

There are small groceries all over the island. These are larger supermarkets or very good gourmet shops.
Cheese Sunny US Import/Export, now Simply
The photo on the left is above was the cheese showcase at Match (no longer with us, eventually replaced by Super U). The Simply Markets have cheese cases much like this. The next photo is the entrance to Sunny, on the outskirts of Pburg. They have pretty good prices on vegetables. The photo on the right is the entrance to Simply on the Marigot side of the French bridge. It used to be US Import/Export, then US Market, and now it is simply Simply. Their new store in the Hope Estate area outside of Grand Case is probably the finest grocery store on the island. The Grand Marchés on the Dutch side are also newer and come close to matching Simply's selection. It probably is cheaper to purchase groceries on the Dutch side, but it makes little difference if you are buying French produce and cheeses. The Gourmet Marchés are stripped down versions of the Grand Marchés, something like convenience stores with convenience store pricing. Super U on the eastern side of Marigot has a great supply of frozen food, notably vegetables and fish.

We have searched far and wide for coffee beans on the island. Cost-U-Less frequently has some, but it is an ever-changing brand. We really like the San Francisco brand. Super U has their own brand of French Roast beans which is pretty good.

Epoisses
An example of illegal cheese in the US.
Come on down and try some today!
Saffron
The most expensive spice in the world: Saffron.
Available at Guichard in La Savane.

Shopping Home | Alcohol | Cigars | Clothing | Cosmetics | Electronics | Flowers | Houseware/Kitchenware | Jewelry

Precede the seven digit Dutch side phone numbers with 1 721 to call from the US.
Precede the six digit French side phone numbers with 011 590 590 to call from the US.

Name Phone Location
Skipjack's Fish Market 544-2313 Airport Road, Simpson Bay
Epicerie de Marie 87 22 89 Marigot (near Howell Center)
Gourmet Marché 546 4888 Cupecoy
Gourmet Marché 545 3055 Simpson Bay
Grand Marché 544 3188 Cole Bay
Grand Marché 542 4400 Philipsburg
Guichard 29 02 31 La Savane (Grand Case)
Jeff de Bruges
Chocolate
52 41 88 Marigot Downtown
Maho Market ? Maho Plaza
Royal Food Center 87 90 40 Nettle Bay
Sangs 542 0115 Philipsburg
Simply   Grand Case
Simply 87 03 80 Sandy Ground
Super U 29 54 32 Howell Center, Marigot

Island Grocery Stores
Grocery Map

Marigot Grocery Stores
Marigot Grocery Map

Opening hours for some markets:
(subject to change)
Cost-U-Less...Mo-Sa 9:00am-9:00pm & Su 9:00am-3:00pm
Le Grande Marché...Mo-Sa 8:00am-8:00pm & Su 9:00am-2:00pm

French Side
Simply (in Marigot)...Mo-Su 8:00am-10:00pm

If you want to try some of the fine products available on the island in your home back in the US (or Canada), we suggest Olive Nation. They have a large number of Italian products, but also feature many from France as well. The have a selection of olive oils, vinegars, dried mushrooms, pasta, spices, vanilla, truffles, and more. The website is logically laid out and has a search feature in addition to having many recipes and additional information.

 

 

The Gourmet Food Store has a about 40 cheeses in stock including many of my favorites from the island: Chaumes, Roquefort, Pont L'Eveque, and Reblochon. They also have duck products including several approaches to foie gras and prepared products. They offer flat rate shipping on orders over $50.

Food Center The photo on the left may be one of the reasons that Food Center in Philipsburg is now out of business. Another reason is that this photo had a "We" photo-shopped at the top of the writing on the door for several years. We have received an email from a PR consultant to the Lido Food Group claiming this was misleading. It appears things have gotten so bad that someone (at least their PR consultant) fears that people can be misled into believing they are butchering employees. SXM-Info would like state that we do not believe that the now-defunct Food Center butchered their employees. Moreover, we are fairly sure it was against company practice. Nonetheless, posting a sign that uses the imperative to state "Only butcher employees" is almost as funny as a declarative sentence stating "We only butcher employees."

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