When I first moved to Germany in 2011, I had a bit of culture shock when I visited the supermarket. I’m not sure if we are just lucky with our produce in Australia, however the amount of variety you see in supermarkets are endless, so stepping into one that doesn’t stock ten different brands of salted capers makes me feel somewhat disheartened. Germany is practically spoilt for choice compared to Norway. I’ve done a lot of travelling throughout my 25 years and I must say, for one of the wealthiest Countries in the world, Norway certainly needs to step up their supermarket game.
They have several chains, Coop Prix, Rema 1000, Kiwi and Meny. I am still waiting for the day that I walk into a Norwegian supermarket and immediately find exactly what I went in for. I wander aimlessly like a lost child looking for the rice noodles that were essential to my dish this evening and after asking in my broken Norwegian, again I feel deflated when my dinner dish is cancelled because they don’t stock this particular item. Obviously they have the basics, which is all you need really, it’s the lack of quality in the items that you buy in Norway that end up costing a whole months wage just on a weekly shop.
- If you want quality and a little more variety Meny is the better chain of the lot, however more expensive.
- Unlike Australia, they do not pack your bags for you. So when you are staring at the bag waiting for the check out chick to pack your fruit and vegetables, don’t expect her to. That is your job, that goes throughout all of Europe.
- Because they are environmentally friendly the less plastic bags the better, so it does cost extra if you want to bag your items.