Grocery stores in the Cayman Islands have an amazing range of products. Although it is easy to assume most things will not be available, the variety of stock held by Cayman's grocers accommodates all tastes and needs. We are lucky to be able to choose from such a wide range of local and imported goods, with a variety of brands stocked from the US, America and beyond.
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All of the supermarkets carry organic products, however fresh organic
fruit and vegetables from the US have to travel far to get here, unlike
locally grown produce. Most supermarkets are very accommodating and if you can’t find something that you miss from home, they will usually order it for you. Make sure to save the packaging so they can get the UPC or bar code number.
Along with supermarkets, there are many speciality markets and convenience stores across the Island. Each of the supermarkets has different suppliers, so if one store has only green bananas on a given day, you can probably find beautiful ripe ones at another.
The supermarkets sell very good meat, but the freshness of certain cuts of fish can vary between different stores. Ask when the fish came in and which is the freshest.
As part of an Island-wide campaign to discourage the use of plastic bags, Foster’s, Hurley’s and Kirk Market all charge CI$0.05 per plastic bag if you need to use one, and some supermarkets also offer paper bags. We encourage you to take along your own canvas shopping bags for all your shopping. Canvas shopping bags are widely available for sale at reasonable prices in all supermarkets.
The farmers’ markets in Cayman are perfect for buying flavourful home-grown produce at the peak of its freshness.Read More
Buying in bulk is a great way to save both time, money and the environment (due to less packaging). Useful things to buy in bulk are napkins, toilet paper, kitchen towels and cleaning products.Read More
If you have ever been into a large US or Canadian grocery store, Cayman’s supermarkets are very comparable. They carry most major US and Canadian brands, as well as USDA certified meats, UK brands such as Waitrose and Tesco, lots of fresh fish, shellfish, meats and a variety of vegetables and fruit and local food and produce.Read More
International Food Products
If you can’t find the Asian ingredients you need in one of Grand Cayman’s supermarkets, you should try the Oriental Market. They stock a wide range of dry and canned pan-Asian goods from China to Thailand.
The Oriental Market located opposite Anderson Square in George Town is great for finding international ingredients. Open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm and Sundays 10am-12pm. Tel: (345) 949 1109. Find their second location in Pasadora Place. Open on Monday-Saturday from 1pm-8pm. Tel: (345) 947 6000.
Buying Fresh Fish
Cayman’s fishermen do a great trade and on almost any day of the week, you can buy fresh fish on the waterfront in George Town beside the Cruise Terminal across from Bayshore Plaza.
Fishermen anchor their boats offshore, set up tables on the beach and display their fresh catch. Charging approximately CI$4.50 per pound, they sell the fish on the bone, but they will fillet it for you.
You can also try the Market at the Cricket Grounds which is next to the cricket pitch on Huldah Avenue in George Town for fresh fish brought in several days a week by local vendors. The supermarkets sell types of fresh fish you cannot get from local fishermen, such as salmon (wild and farm-raised), cod, catfish, sole, swordfish, haddock and trout. Do not buy local grouper as it is critically endangered. A better choice is the similarly white flaky lionfish, which is invasive.
Grand Cayman may be a small Island, but the selection of gourmet foods on offer are first class! You can choose from a wide variety of gourmet foods and fresh dishes at Cayman’s finer grocery stores as well as speciality food retailers.Read More
From Cayman’s internationally renowned rum cakes to a dizzying array of pepper jellies and local fruit jams, there are many locally crafted foods made right here on Island. These speciality goods are unique to Cayman and also make fantastic gifts for family members living abroad.
The Cayman Islands has a small, vibrant Jewish community and a variety of kosher food products can be found in Grand Cayman. Major local supermarkets in Cayman carry the basic national products with kosher symbols (bagels, cereals, mayonnaise, chips, canned foods etc).
The Cayman Islands has a small, vibrant Jewish community and a variety of kosher food products can be found in Grand Cayman.
Foster’s, Kirk Market and Hurley’s in particular have a good selection. The culinary teams in certain hotels, such as The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman will accommodate groups or special orders if arranged 24-hours in advance.
For kosher wines try The Tasting Room in Caribbean Plaza and Blackbeard’s liquor stores.The organisation Chabad Cayman hosts regular Shabbat dinners that are open to anyone. Visit www.chabadcaymanislands.com for more information.
Finally, it is also possible to bring in kosher food items in your checked luggage. Visit www.jewishcayman.com for more information.