Whenever I go to a different country I make it a point to visit their supermarket. I like to see the products they sell, even the layout of the store and how it differs to what we’re used to fascinates me.
Just a couple of blocks from Hotel de Londres was this really nice shopping area that was off limits to cars. It was just for pedestrians and a few bicycles.
The supermarket was located in this area. On the ground level were these stalls that sold fresh vegetables in the morning only. In the afternoon all these stainless tables were empty.
I guess small time producers sold their newly harvested vegetables here.
Also on the ground level were several stalls selling cured meats and cheese. We bought chorizo and Idiazabal cheese here because the guy behind the counter was nice enough to let us try it.
Next to the cured meats was this lovely chocolate store with free samples!!
I bought the orange rind covered in dark chocolate. The nice lady gave me a whole piece of dried orange slice covered in dark chocolate to try.
Next to the chocolates were these freshly baked French pastries where we bought mini croissants for our breakfast. The multi cereal croissant I bought was crisp and flaky for two days even without reheating.
Those giant chocolate covered palmiers kept tempting me but I never gave in.
Down one level was the actual supermarket. Rochelle bought some fruits that we didn’t have in Manila like the figs and nectarine.
Their escarole was packed in big bags. In Manila I can hardly find this variety of lettuce.
So much cheese I didn’t know what to buy! From Manchego to Idiazabal and other Spanish cheeses.
Cured ham, chorizo, salami….
There was so many things I wanted to buy but I couldn’t since I still had two weeks to go in my vacation. I also saw several canned goods and confectionary that are available in Manila.