As any cooking fan knows, a supermarket is essential for those culinary delights we whip up in the kitchen. However, there are no Tescos, Sainsburys or Waitrose stores here. So what about the supermarkets in Lanzarote? Can you buy all those little necessities? And what about British teabags.. or disposable nappies…
Q: Will I find a decent supermarket in Lanzarote?
A: Yes! Every resort has got a number of supermarkets. Hiperdino, Spar, Netto and Maxcoop are the most frequently found
Q: Can I buy my baby’s disposable nappies?
A: A recommended brand is Dodots – we are told they are very similar to Pampers
Q: What about tea-bags?
A: The British tea-bags tend to be a bit more expensive, but we have found them in Netto and Hiperdino
Q: Ah… but I want Branston pickle!
A: Unfortunately, when Vivos at Playa Honda was bought out by Hiperdino, both Branston and soured cream disappeared from the shelves. You can get soured cream in Eurospar in Arrecife – and we have also found it in a small German supermarket by the port in Playa Blanca
Q: And what about English bread?
A: Hiperdino now has it in the freezer section… and Spar has it on the shelf. We advise buying the frozen stuff, and simply defrosting what you need. We pick up a couple of loaves whenever it’s in stock.
Q: I’m really going to miss British bacon!
A: Miss it no longer… it appeared this week in Spar at Punta Limones, Playa Blanca. €2.75 for 5 rashers.
Of course, there are now a couple of English supermarkets, where you can buy all you family favourites. One in Tias, called Nostalgia, and one on the road to San Bartolome known as Strawberry Farm (Fields?). Expect to pay more for your branded favourites at these places… but if you are craving your lemon curd, birds custard powder, turkey for Christmas etc… then head up there and have a look.