We've gotten complacent about our groceries lately: press a few buttons, make a few choices, and someone delivers our food and utilities to our door. The availability of online grocery stores in the Philippines has spoiled us with effortless shopping. But with Honestbee's future in the Philippines a little, shall we say, shaky at the moment, are we about to go back to the time of pushing carts and lugging overstuffed bags and boxes home, all while balancing a carton of eggs?
While Honestbee's efficiency and marketing campaigns have us all dependent on the brand for our shopping needs, there are other options for digital shopping in the Philippines. There are other online grocery stores in the Philippines that offer just as much convenience and variety.
All-Around Online Grocery Stores
Essentially your everyday grocery store made digital
MetroMart describes itself as the "No. 1 Online Grocery Delivery in the Philippines." It delivers to 11 cities in Metro Manila and apart from your usual grocery requirements, it also has partners for floral, pet, beauty, school and office, medical, alcohol, and wellness needs.
Some of its featured stores:
- Robinson's Supermarket
- Pet Express
- R. Lapid's
- Baby Company
2. Bayan Mall
Bayan Mall was created for OFWs so they could purchase groceries and other essentials for their families in the Philippines "as if they were here themselves." Apart from the usual groceries, this Philippine-based online grocery store also has options for celebratory needs like cakes and lechon as well as tabs for school supplies, electronics, and home.
Bayan Mall promises delivery all over the Philippines within a three- to five-day time frame, so ordering in advance is encouraged.
It doesn't have featured stores, but it does have bundled packages available for weddings, graduations, birthday parties, and even charity.
WalterMart's online grocery option is a scaled-down version of its brick-and-mortar stores. However, it's enough to keep your pantry well-stocked with its satisfactory selection of frozen and fresh meats and seafood, produce, personal care, babycare, dairy, and bakery. Grocery delivery is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; you may also opt to have your groceries picked up.
Pushkart was launched in 2017 by a group of enterprising Filipino millennials. This online grocery store works the same way as the others: sign up, shop, pick a delivery time, and wait for your groceries to arrive on your doorstep. It delivers around Metro Manila and as far away as Cavite.
- Fisher Supermarket
- Ever Supermarket
5. My Tindahan
As far as online grocery stores in the Philippines are concerned, Cebu is not far behind. Though much more basic than its Manila counterparts, it offers a good enough range to fill your home with your necessities.
Specialty Online Grocery Stores in the Philippines
More upscale, artisan, and gourmet grocery and lifestyle selections
Local is the shorthand for this Philippine online grocery store. Marketa champions proudly Filipino micro, small, and medium enterprises, helping them sell their wares in the digital setting. The food selection focuses more on pantry staples, like dips and specialty salts, but it also has categories for beverages, fashion, tech, art, family, and home improvement.
Some of its featured stores:
- First Harvest
- Connie's Kitchen
- Risa Chocolates
- Truevine Communications
- EDSA BDG
Lococo covers what you need from your regular online grocery store (food, home, baby and personal care, pets) but gears it towards a natural lifestyle. According to its website, it "searched high and low for partner-producers that care about our wellbeing as much as we do. These brands make sure their ingredients and practices are safe in the long-term, don't harm the environment and give back to the community." Lococo also made sure that its brands are both cost-effective and actually effective.
Some of its featured brands:
- Comer y Comic
- The Good Seed
- Messy Bessy
- Take Root
The Gerald here is Gerald Egasse, a Frenchman with over a decade of experience in the food retail industry. He moved to the Philippines, bringing with him a taste for high quality European food suppliers and gourmet items and a wish to share these to the country's thriving expat population and local foodies. In its dedication to quality, Gerald.ph has adopted a system for authenticating its products with Healthy Food, Proudly Pinoy, and Authentic French labels. Gerald.ph is the first online grocery in the Philippines that focuses on French and European inclinations: it has imported meat and seafood, ready-to-bake pastries, gluten-free ready-to-eat meals, supplements, and more.
4. The Green Grocer
The Green Grocer is the beautiful product of a battle with cancer. After discovering a tumor in her ovary, owner Nikki Herrera Bharwani was compelled to live a healthier life. She set out to look for vegetables straight from the source and started offering her services to friends. Thus, The Green Grocer was born, the first online grocery in the Philippines that focuses on organic produce, grass-fed and all-natural meats, farm-direct dairy products, and more. In its commitment to deliver only the best, The Green Grocer order system is also synchronized to harvest times, ensuring only the freshest produce arrives at your doorstep.
Health-Centered Online Grocery Stores
Cheers to a new lifestyle, delivered to your doorstep
1. The Healthy Grocery
The Healthy Grocery makes having healthy eating habits as easy as dragging your healthy food choices to the pushcart icon on the corner on the page. The Healthy Grocery's motto is to push for Filipinos to their highest potential through a better and more nutricious diet. It has every health and superfood you could ever imagine: adlai, all kinds of nuts, gurana, whey, acai, and even ready-to-mix matcha lattes.
Apart from its online grocery store, The Healthy Grocery items can be found in Real Food, Molito, Alabang; Real Food, Bonifacio Global City; and Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong.
2. The Superfood Grocer
If you want to make a lifestyle change, The Superfood Grocer is a good first step. This Philippine online grocery store provides plant-based alternatives and emphasizes support to local farmers. If you want to begin a super life, this store even has a starter pack.
3. Real Food
Every health buff knows Real Food. Its farmhouse-themed stores carry a carefully curated selection of organic items (including stuff from The Healthy Grocery), which extends to its online grocery store. Over 90% of its merchandise grown and sourced locally from farmers, cooperatives and social enterprises. It even features recipes on the website.
Some of its featured merchants:
- 7 Grains
- Pinkie's Farm
- Healthy Choice
- The Butchery
- Kaffea Coffee
1. Homegrown Organics
Homegrown Organics' online grocery store is probably the closest you can get to picking out fruit and vegetables from a farm without actually going to one. It delivers only to Metro Manila to maintain the quality of the produce. Homegrown Organics also has a replacement guarantee for worse-for-wear deliveries.
2. Green Earth Heritage Foundation
This foundation doesn't work like other online grocery stores in the Philippines. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, number, e-mail address, and address to receive a weekly list of the available produce. Harvest is on Tuesdays to deliveries begin from Tuesday evening to Wednesday. Delivery is free for Makati or Bonifacio Global City (five packs is required for minimum delivery).
Meat and Seafood Deliveries
1. Fishmongers Daily Catch
This website offers a new concept: fisherman-to-fork. It's the first online grocery in the Philippines that provides fresh seafood from the sea to your table. The best part is that it'll have your fish cleaned and gutted within 24 hours after catching. Fishmongers Daily Catch are also ethical in its practices: these fish are caught in their natural environment.
2. Kitayama Beef
This online grocery is a meat lover's paradise. Featuring the impressive Bukidnon-produced meats created via Japanese Wagyu crossbred with local Brahmans, Kitayama Beef offers wet- and dry-aged beef for your every steak need.
3. Rare Food Shop
This online purveyor curates some of the Philippines' biggest meat suppliers into one nifty website. Rare Food Shop is known to provide meats for the country's best hotels and restaurants so you know your meat-loving heart is in good hands. P.S. They also have seafood, including sashimi-grade tuna and salmon.
4. Prime Choice Fine Quality Meats
Looking for meat wholesale? Try this online meat delivery service. It's owned by husband-and-wife team Scott Chambers and Merlyn Rondrique Chambers and they've made it their mission to source from countries best known for their meat, like Australia, USA, Japan, Canada, France, and Spain.
5. SoLo Meat Group
Got beef? The SoLo Meat Group Inc. aims to provide quality meat at an affordable price. Most of its merchandise is sourced from Australian, New Zealander and American producers. The group has also partnered with Australia's Harvey Beef to vend retail-ready products that are easy to cook, eat, and enjoy.
This story originally appeared on Esquiremag.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.