Aruba, Caribbean

Supermarkets in Aruba

Call me crazy, but I like visiting supermarkets in different countries. First of all, it is an easy way to purchase naturally gluten-free products such as fruits and vegetables as well as staples like bottled water. Second of all, it gives you a interesting, local perspective of the town/city/country you are in. Whenever I build my travel maps for my location, I make sure to find at least one local supermarket to add to the map.

When doing my Aruba research, I found three supermarkets all in Oranjestad. On an island full of time-shares with kitchens, I am sure it would be helpful to have supermarkets nearby. Not really knowing how big or small Aruba was, I wasn’t sure if I could easily get to these supermarkets. As my cab drove farther and farther from the airport, I realized getting to these markets wouldn’t be as easy as I had hoped. Luckily, I got a local newspaper and saw an advertisement for Unicasa Supermarket which looked to be within walking distance of the hotel. I confirmed with my new friend Adella at the concierge desk and she said I could definitely walk there.

I never made it to Unicasa but did find Kong Fui, an Asian supermarket, also within walking distance of the highrise hotel section of Aruba and on your way to/from Linda’s Dutch Pancakes. A HUGE Asian market in the middle of the Caribbean seemed a bit out of place to me, but I went there to do some light shopping. I like to pick up things like yogurt, fruit, and juice so I have something to eat at breakfast every day. Most of the countries I have traveled to have safe produce, but be sure to check ahead of your travels to see what is safe to eat locally. I also buy diet soda or bottled water at the supermarket because it is much cheaper than the hotel vending machines or bars.

Here are the list of the supermarkets I found in Aruba. I cannot confirm if any of them actually sell gluten-free products, but they are full service supermarkets.

Blurry shot of Kong Fui
  • Kong Fui (2 locations): Palm Beach 17 and Meiveld 53
      • Interestingly, Kong Fui was a full supermarket on the first level and apparently a full department store including clothes, stationary, and electronics on the upper levels. Since I was only going for food, I never made it upstairs. 
  • Super Food (a Dutch chain on the island): L.G. Smith Blvd #156, Oranjestad with a new location coming soon closer to the high-rise hotels.
  • Ling and Sons IGA Super Center (closer to low-rise hotels) Schotlandstraat #41, Oranjestad
  • Unicasa Supermarket: Palm Beach #184
Remember, street signs are almost non-existent on Aruba so be sure to ask your hotel for directions. 

I also found this helpful list from The Aruba House although I am not sure when it was updated.

4 thoughts on “Supermarkets in Aruba”

  1. Ling and Sons IGA Super Center has an extensive selection of Gluten Free products, including several frozen items. There were even half a dozen or so varieties of gluten free breads to choose from. The selection of products actually exceeded many of the large grocery stores in New Jersey.

  2. Reblogged this on glutenfreehubby08753 and commented:
    Ling and Sons IGA Super Center has an extensive selection of Gluten Free products, including several frozen items. There were even half a dozen or so varieties of gluten free breads to choose from. The selection of products actually exceeded many of the large grocery stores in New Jersey.

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