Japan Centre London

Posted on January 9th, 2012 in Alternative Supermarkets,Places To Visit by Stephanie

Japan Centre Piccadilly

If you’ve been following my blog you will probably have heard me mention the Japan Centre in Piccadilly before. The Japan Centre is a Japanese supermarket, one of the biggest in London, which sells a good range of Japanese products including fresh, dried and frozen goods, kitchenware and even magazines and books. They stock freshly made sushi and bakery items and sweets made daily, a huge variety of sauces, stocks and seasoning for all your Japanese cooking needs, fresh vegetables, tofu, Japanese tea, drinks, snacks, dried products and much more! The Japan Centre used to be situated on Piccadilly but has since moved to the nearby Regent Street. For information on the Japan Centre you can visit the Japan Centre website. They even have an online shop which delivers to the UK and internationally!


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Wing Yip Chinese And Oriental Supermarket London

Posted on September 17th, 2011 in Alternative Supermarkets,Places To Visit by Stephanie

Wing Yip is a huge supermarket that carries over 2500 different types of oriental groceries. There are stores in Mancheseter, Birmingham, Croyden and Cricklewood in London. Wing Yip sells mostly chinese food products including sauces & spices, fresh seafood, exotic fruits, fresh noodles and dried food products as well as Chinese and Japanese kitchenware and tableware. You can also find a good selection of other oriental food products from Thailand, Japan and Malaysia.

Wing Yip Chinese And Oriental Supermarket Cricklewood London

The branch in London (Cricklewood) is located at 395 Edgware Road near Staples Corner with free car parking for customers. It is housed in a cute Chinese style building (as in the photo above) and has a Chinese restaurant and bakery selling all types of tasty Chinese buns and snacks.

Wing Yip Bakery And Japanese Groceries
Japanese Groceries & Chinese Bakery

I’ve been to the Chinese restaurant on several occasions for their hugely popular lunchtime dim sum. Their dim sum menu has all the usual favourites and is always promptly served deliciously fresh and piping hot. The restaurant opens at 11am for lunch so either go early or arrive at around 2pm for a late lunch to avoid the queues.

Wing Yip Restaurant Dim Sum

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Fortnum and Mason Department Store – Mayfair

Posted on December 14th, 2007 in Alternative Supermarkets,Places To Visit by Stephanie

A definate must-see in London is the famous Fortnum and Mason department store in Mayfair – Grocers to the Royal Family.  It is situated about halfway between Green Park station and Piccadilly Circus station on Piccadilly and hard to miss in its grandeur of eggshell blue colour.  Each of it windows always have elaborate displays of food themed for each season.  Fortnum and Mason is probably most famous for its quality food hall which covers the ground and lower ground floors in which you can find luxurious chocolates, cakes, sweets, cheeses, caviar, teas and coffees from around the world, a vast variety of jams, champagnes, food hampers and much more.  The prices are definately more than your usual supermarket but even if you are not planning on making a purchase it is well worth a look!  You can also find men and women’s cosmetics and apparel on the upper floors as well as accessories for the home.  There are also 3 restaurants within the store serving traditional British food, a wine bar and a newly opened ice cream parlour.

If you are not planning on visiting London in the near future, they have a website and online shop which ships internationally: www.fortnumandmason.com

 Fortnum and Mason Department Store

Fortnum and Mason Department Store

Window Display

Christmas Window Display

Window Display

Another Window Display

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Japanese Food Store

Posted on September 21st, 2007 in Alternative Supermarkets by Stephanie

Not a very original name for a Japanese supermarket I’m afraid but I came across this little Japanese supermarket in Hanover Square today.  You would think that after my trip to Tokyo, I would have Japanese food overload, but this really is a nice little supermarket that is a bit more pricey than the other Japanese supermarkets in London but they sell a lot of different products that you wouldn’t find in the other stores.  It is also conveniently located near Oxford Circus so it is handy if you are shopping on Oxford Street.

Japanese Food Store, Hanover Square

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