Here are 22 stores in Trinidad & Tobago with a wide range of local and imported high-quality food products — fresh fruits and vegetables, organic foods, specialty items (including quinoa), and products for those with specific dietary needs/restrictions (e.g., gluten-free, dairy-free, kosher and sugar-free):
Gourmet Grocers & Health Food Stores in WEST TRINIDAD
ARTIE’S MEATS (Maraval and Diego Martin, Trinidad) – Selling a wide range of burgers, meats and seafood along with fruits and vegetables. Gourmet grocery items are also available. Online shopping with in-store pick-up is available. 868) 637-7264 (Diego Martin) or (868) 225-2211 (Maraval).
ADAM’S BAGELS (Maraval, Trinidad) – As an all-in-one restaurant, bakery and gourmet store, ADAM’S amounts to more than its delicious bagels. The grocery section is small but well-edited with housemade frozen dishes (stuffed crab backs, pastelles, fish kebabs, etc.), imported specialty beverages and foods like Mrs. Lepers’s gluten-free and wheat-free pastas. The bakery is packed with Trinidad’s best bagels alongside local sweet and savoury treats – pone, kibby, currant rolls, arepas, puffs, cookies, and more. Keep an eye out for local free-range eggs, Smoked Fish Dip from Gourmet Goodies by Rachel and Adam’s housemade Pepper Sauce. Full-service restaurant with take-out counter and dine-in area. # 15A Saddle Road. (868) 622-2435
BE FREE FOODS (St. James, Trinidad) – Large organic food store with a wide range of dry goods, frozen goods, and specialty items for those with food allergies, including gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free and nut-free food products. For example, the store carries egg replacer, chia and hemp seeds, various quinoas, gluten-free breads, Bob’s Red Mill products, Earth’s Best baby foods, EnviroKids snacks, organic vitamins, Grade A & B Maple Syrups, and Santa Cruz and Steaz sodas. Be Free Foods also carries Gina’s Chocolate Truffles and lettuce and occasionally other greens like patchoi from Greenwater Farms. Mucurapo Road. (868) 735-0727 or (868) 620-3246
BLOOM’S IMPORTS (Diego Martin and Port of Spain, Trinidad) – Bloom’s stocks various meat products including organic hormone-free chickens, hangar steaks, skirt steaks, lamb products (local and from New Zealand) and baby back ribs; local and imported fish and seafood are also available. The store also carries a large selection of local artisan foods — Perfect Peppers products, Ambrosia by Christine, Bertie’s Pepper Sauce, Simple Sauces & Pastas, and much more. Hard to find imports are also on the shelves like Sriracha Hot Sauce, KIND bars, gourmet sodas, etc. The best part is that you can check their website to see what meat and fish products are available. Diego Martin Main Road (868) 688-7708 and Hadeed Centre Mall (POS) (868) 225-7683.
CASCADE MINI MART (Cascade, Trinidad) – Part mini-mart and part gourmet shop, this store also opened its doors in July 2013 and carries gourmet goodies like Stonewall Kitchen products, NUMI Organic Teas, Hausbrandt Coffee, Steaz sodas, local Guru Snacks, and organic pastas and sauces. #84 Cascade Main Road. (868) 223-5603
LIVE GREEN (Woodbrook, Trinidad) – Tucked away on a side street in Woodbrook, Live Green features a wide range of organic and all natural products – organic foods and snacks, herbal teas, body and skin care items, herbal and homeopathic remedies, organic baby products, environmentally-friendly water bottles, and more. # 4 Ariapita Drive. (868) 622-8911 or (868) 685-9291
LOTUS WARES (Maraval, Trinidad) – Stocked with a wide range of gourmet goodies from Stonewall Kitchen, Lotus has you covered for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stonewall Kitchen selections include breakfast goodies like mixes for waffles and scones, maple syrups, jellies and jams; Cocktail mixes (Cosmos, Bloody Mary’s, Bellinis, etc.); Cupcake and cake mixes; Crackers; Salsas, spreads, sauces, dressings, marinades and dry rubs; Sea salts, olive oil, and more. Lotus also has tons of stylish dinnerware, cutlery, bar ware, cookware, dining accessories and functional items that make entertaining a breeze. One more thing, Lotus also hosts food & wine tastings! #1 Christina Court, Boissiere Village. (868) 222-5580
MALABAR FARMS GOURMET SHOP (Maraval, Trinidad) – This long-standing gourmet grocer on Long Circular Road sells imported brands of fresh, frozen and packaged food items, wines, and in-house breads. With roots as an upmarket butcher, it’s no surprise that Malabar Farms’ greatest strengths are its cheese and meat sections with imported poultry, beef, lamb, and more for the meat mouths. Organic meat and poultry (hormone-free) are also available here at Malabar. You can also pick up local goodies, including Gina’s Chocolate Truffles, Cocobel Chocolates, Cacique Chocolates, Dolce Valle cheeses and Del Mano pestos. # 115 Long Circular Road. (868) 628-7486 or (868) 622-9309
NATURE’S DISCOUNT NUTRITION CENTER (Maraval, Trinidad) – With an emphasis on vitamins and sports nutrition products, Nature’s Discount in Ellerslie Plaza also offers a small selection of organic foods, juices, herbal teas, and other all-natural health products. On our last visit we saw Nature’s Path organic cereals (both hot and cold), Bob’s Red Mill grains and foods, almond flour, gluten-free and organic pastas, organic coconut oil, organic raw cacao powder, organic coconut sugar, organic Jamaican castor oil, and STEAZ sodas. Shop #12, Ellerslie Plaza. (868) 622-2084
NEW EARTH ORGANIC ENTERPRISES (Woodbrook, Trinidad) – This combo health food and gourmet grocery store is one of our favorites because it sells local free range eggs and organic produce grown right here in Trinidad like cabbage, callaloo, cucumbers and figs! (Imported organic produce is also available). Don’t miss NEO’s local artisan products – Soular sundried bananas, cacao nibs, brewing cacao, dark chocolate; Del Mano pestos and superb handmade cheeses, yogurt and fresh cows milk from Dolce Valle, a local cheesemaker. The store also offers local kefir; organic bulk grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and dried fruits; specialty foods and beverages; all-natural personal care products; vitamins and supplements; and household cleaning supplies. There is an excellent small vegetarian cafe – NEO Cafe – onsite. #80 Roberts Street. (868) 622-3643
PEPPERCORNS (Ellerslie Plaza-Maraval and West Mall-Westmoorings, Trinidad) – At two locations in the West, Peppercorns primarily stocks imported foods; beverages; cheeses, meats, poultry and seafood; and fresh fruits and vegetables. Bread, pastries and cakes are made in-house and food gift baskets are also available. Ellerslie Plaza – (868) 628-5573; West Mall – (868) 633-8120.
PETIT GOURMET (St. Clair, Trinidad) – This gourmet store features imported pre-packaged foods, local/imported fruits, vegetables and herbs, housemade pastries, breads and desserts, sandwiches, a robust salad bar, and freshly brewed coffee. Looking for great coffee to take home? Petit Gourmet stocks a wide range of imported coffees, everything from Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks’ coffee to the granddaddy of coffee – Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. Petit Gourmet also carries local foods like Gina’s Chocolate Truffles. Small dine-in area. #33 St. Clair Avenue. (868) 628-8304
WHOLE FOODS MARKET (Maraval, Trinidad) – This health food store stocks organic and healthy foods alongside vitamins and supplements. #7 Saddle Road, Royal Palm Plaza. (868) 628-6221
Gourmet Grocers & Health Food Stores in CENTRAL & EAST TRINIDAD
EPICUREAN MARKETPLACE (Chaguanas, Trinidad) – Sells imported meats (ribeye and tenderloin steaks, beef short ribs and rack of lamb), seafood (mussels, scallops, snow crab legs, crawfish and jumbo shrimp), fresh produce (blueberries, kiwi, nectarines, grapes, potatoes, spinach, etc.), Adagio teas and Organo Gold coffee, specialty gourmet items (Del Mano Pesto, Habanero Pepper Sauces, Oui Cuisine Herring and Buljol, crab backs and artisan breads). Caroni Savannah Road (located in the third building on the left, after a right turn at the junction of Endeavour and Caroni Savannah Roads). (868) 791-7677
GOURMET LIFE (Chaguanas, Trinidad) – Offers “specialty food products, meats, seafood and snacks, premium coffees and tea, and gluten free and organic products.” Local food treats are also available like French Macarons. Rodney Branch Road. (868) 225-6122.
YUMMY MUMMY GOURMET (Chaguanas, Trinidad) – This market stocks a wide range of gluten-free, organic, dairy-free and all natural products. Yummy Mummy also bakes their own gluten-free bread and muffins in-house! Mulchan Seuchan Road. (868) 671-7236.
VANILLA BEAN GOURMET STORE (Cunupia, Trinidad) – Carries an extensive range of gourmet grocery items including halal gourmet deli meats, olive oils, cooking wines, jams, jellies, sauces, peppers, sushi making ingredients, coffees, k-cups for Keurig coffee machines , teas, etc. The Vanilla Bean also sells a wide variety of baking products for enthusiastic home bakers; gluten and wheat-free cereals, snacks, flour, and sweeteners like Organic Agave Nectar, as well as organic fresh produce, herbs and fresh foreign fruits. Breads from Cusano’s Artisan Loaves and daily desserts like Creme Caramel and Cheesecakes are also available. #145 Munroe Road. (868) 223-9527
THE HAPPY GOURMET (Valsayn, Trinidad) is a welcome resource in the East for specialty foods, including gourmet items, organic, gluten-free and low-sugar foods. The store also stocks extra virgin olive oils; Sea salts and spices; Real maple syrup and other syrups and jams; Chia seeds; Bob’s Red Mill products; Coffees and Teas; Local goodies from Perfect Peppers, Flavours (Chef Ian Rooks), Gina’s Chocolates, Tea-Licious, and more. On Saturdays the store receives fresh baked items from New Earth Organic (NEO) Cafe. Meats and seafood are coming soon, and The Happy Gourmet also carries a selection of cookbooks. Valpark Shopping Plaza. (868) 223-7023
Gourmet Grocers & Health Food Stores in SOUTH TRINIDAD
THE GOURMET GENIE (San Fernando, Trinidad) – Sando’s favourite gourmet food shop offers “exotic cooking ingredients for a range of international meals as well as coffees (Folgers, Starbucks, etc.) and the Keurig K-cup coffee, teas (Amanzi, Art of Tea, Tazo and Stash), desserts, breads, imported fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables, sandwiches and smoothies.” Products include Morning Star Farm items; Stevia (sachets & tablets); pure vanilla, orange and anise extracts; Kettle’s almond and cashew butters; egg-free mayonnaise; black and white truffle oils; bruschetta toppings; smoked sea salt and Himalayan pink salt; cake decorating products; gluten-free lentil crackers; packaged sugar-free snacks; and a very interesting wine ice cream. Lunch is available daily. Small dine-in area. SSL Building (Ground Floor), # 40 Sutton Street. (868) 221-2983
MARKET MOVERS (Trinidad) – This local online retailer specializes in home, office and wholesale delivery for fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats and seafood, dried goods (organic quinoa and millet), and food gift boxes/baskets. We really like that Market Movers sources free range eggs and milk (only available on Fridays and Saturdays) from local farmers as well as local greenhouse grown produce, which typically has lower pesticide levels. Market Movers also carries two-liter bottles of yummy Bare Fruit Juices. Free Delivery (limited)! (868) 221-5042
Gourmet Grocers & Health Food Stores in TOBAGO
MR D’S HEALTH FOOD STORE (Scarborough, Tobago) – Only open during the week, this small store on the upper level of the NIB Mall sells cereals, snacks, specialty foods, soy and almond milk, juices, vitamins/herbs and other health food products. Mr. D’s also serves daily vegetarian lunches, which are very reasonably priced and tasty. Upper Level, NIB Mall. (868) 639-3809
MORESHEAD GOURMET SUPERMARKET (Mt. Pleasant, Tobago) – Moreshead is a favourite of Tobago’s expat community because it carries many products imported from the U.K., along with American brands and local food finds like Orange Hill Nature Ranch’s feta cheese and yogurt, Nola’s Tobago Gourmet Granola, and Tobago Cocoa Estate chocolate. This supermarket is the only place in Tobago selling international coffee brands like Lavazza and World Harvest Coffee (other than Ciao Cafe in Scarborough which sells Hausbrandt coffee by the can). Moreshead also carries various dairy-free, sugar-free, and gluten-free items, including products from Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods. (868) 639 8855