Places to do groceries!

In a previous post about shopping for camera’s, by Asma, I was inspired to do a post on where one can find good house-hold products and do groceries. People usually move into Islamabad and have totally no clue of the city. So let this post be a little informative for those who feel a little lost, at first, and then at home for the rest of their stay.

Islamabad is no short of some classy mini-malls and super-stores. One can easily find that the ‘Markaz’ (or ‘Center’) of every sector in Islamabad has some really nice places to buy one’s groceries! Vege’s, food, sodas, cooking stuff, etc. Here are a name of the few super-stores that one should check out, even if they are not trying to find out where to by their soap. A few things that I did find very common were that the items were neatly shelved. They had isle attendants at every isle to help you find your things, they had proper frozen meat and fresh meat sections and there were proper check-out counters at the end with alot of help to help you bag your items.

7th Avenue, Jinnah Super, Sector F-7:
7th Avenue is a multi-story super-store that has only recently been built on the back of the Jinnah Super Market. They have a host of isles and stalls that almost mimic a typical American general store. The interior is air-conditioned and the floors are tiled. They have push-cart and hand-baskets too. On the floors above, a few more irrelavent things are placed for sale. Irrelavent in the sense that they are not the thing’s I would call a part of one’s groceries, like lamps, decoration items, quilts, etc. Its a good place to go and hang-out, with an ‘in-house’ cake shop called “Masoom’s”; yes, the same Karachi-fame cake shop is here too.

Moving on…
Best Price, Super Market, Sector F-6:
Best price is not as huge as it’s previous counter-part, and the facade of the building seems to make it smaller in appearance. Once you enter the glass door, it keeps on expanding. Its a total shoping mall, if you ask me. Jewellery, bed linen, crockery, apart from all the typical grocery items. It might not boast a coffee shop, or level floor, or air-conditioning, but one can certianly find alot of reason to go visit them from time to time to buy themselves some goods.

Further west…
Euromart, F-10 Markaz:
Euromart happens to catch my interest more than the others… I was really amazed at the organization of the store. Its spacey, they have uniformed attendants so you are not left wondering if the lad standing there does actually know a thing or not. Euromart was the first of its kind in this sector, and is now under gone a management change since it started.

These were only a few of the bigger, more organized stores that needed to be mentioned and told about. Apart from these who could forget Harrold’s (Jinnah Super), and The Mall (F-10 Markaz). Since we feel alot about the place we live, I am sorry if I could not mention any of your favorite places to shop for grocery. Please do feel free to mention them in the comments section. Surprisingly enough, I cannot name any good (complete) grocery store for Ayub Market (F-8). Enjoy reading and enjoy Islamabad.

10 Comments so far

  1. mansoor (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 7:46 pm

    thanks for the heads up phil! i might check em out soon!

  2. Asma (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

    Great post …!

    But Islamabad’s still missing something like HKB in Lahore … 7th avenue’s good but still its droopy … you know what I mean ..!

    Like awami markaz or something … so lets see…!

  3. faisal (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 3:52 am

    Personally, I prefer the intimacy and availability of everything under the sun at a small place in Kohsar market called G.N. Store.

    After the groceries are done, one can pop on over to ‘Table Talk’ next door for an exquisite bowl of french onion soup chock full of caramelized onions smothered with a thick layer of gruyere cheese.

  4. Asma (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 8:31 am

    Grueyere Cheese as in the REAL gruyere cheese ???


  5. Asma (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 8:38 am

    Gruyere Cheese … as if real Gruyere cheese :-o



  6. faisal (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 12:59 pm

    Yes, french onion soup
    with a thick, melting, ooeey, gooeey
    layer of gruyere served alongwith a
    complimentary bread basket filled
    with buttery mini croissants, crusty
    sourdough rolls and garlic bread that
    is crunchy on the outside and soft,
    moist and flavorful towards the middle.

  7. mansoor (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 2:21 pm

    asma: lol!! :D

  8. Phil (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2006 @ 10:29 pm

    This is the Ramadan, Faisal! You have activated a chain reaction of Gastic juices in my tummy! :D

  9. faisal (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

    Glad to oblige, Phil

  10. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on October 24th, 2006 @ 7:35 pm

    Kohsar market is very price efficient as compared to 7th avenue and the other big ones =D

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