Gro­cery shop­ping on Sao Miguel & best stores for people with food aller­gies

A lot of you asked me about where to go gro­cery shop­ping on a small island like Sao Miguel, so I have col­lec­ted (almost every) gro­cery store on the island. I sin­cerely hope you will find this use­ful, since I have spent a lot of time – exactly 3 days – on this top­ic.

My exper­i­ences about gro­cery stores

Gro­cery stores for people with food aller­gies

The gro­cery store chain Con­tin­ente is on the top of my list. Con­tin­ente got first place from me, because they are my favour­ite chain, and my favour­ite store is the Con­tin­ente Mod­e­lo in Pon­ta Del­gada. This is one of their biggest stores, with a huge sor­ti­ment. For me it is para­mount to find a store where I can shop gluten-free products. This is the only store where there is a sep­ar­ate sec­tion in the store ded­ic­ated to people with food aller­gies. The Con­tin­ente Mod­e­lo is loc­ated in the Parque Atlantico shop­ping mall. Anoth­er reas­on I like Con­tin­ente Mod­e­lo so much is that it’s open every day until 11pm.

In the same shop­ping mall I have also found a small „BIO” store. Due to its size the sor­ti­ment is not too big, but you can find here a few basic ingredi­ents for gluten-free and lactose-free dishes. This small store is loc­ated next to the Con­tin­ente.

I have made a few pic­tures in Con­tin­ente Mod­e­lo of the gluten-free and lactose-free products

Since Fur­nas does not have any large super­mar­kets, I usu­ally go gro­cery shop­ping to Pon­ta Del­gada. The pro­duce in Con­tin­ente has a far bet­ter qual­ity, than the SOL*MAR in Fur­nas. I per­son­ally don’t like SOL*MAR that much due to its dis­counter, Tesco-like fash­ion. I had often prob­lems find­ing products which are read­ily avail­able in Con­tin­ente. The meat sec­tion is not very impress­ive, and there is no sec­tion for people with food aller­gies.

From all the small gro­cery stores in Fur­nas SPAR is my favour­ite. Even if the store itself is rel­at­ively small, the gluten-free and lactose-free offer­ing is out­stand­ing. The fruits and veget­ables are very often even nicer and fresh­er than those in Con­tin­ente.

The gro­cery store chain Casa Cheia is the favour­ite of the nat­ives. I am not a reg­u­lar shop­per in their stores, but I think they are more like a dis­counter with lots of loc­al pro­duce.

Fruits and veget­ables 

There is a mar­ket – Mer­cado da Graca – in Pon­ta Del­gada which sells beau­ti­ful fruits and veget­ables. Open­ing hours are 7am – 2pm Monday to Sunday (the mar­ket is closed on Sunday). Next to the entrance there is a small shop selling cheese spe­ci­al­it­ies and Azorean del­ic­acies which might be inter­est­ing for tour­ists. Highly recom­men­ded.

Why are over­ripe fruits and veg­gies nev­er on sale?

Due to the efforts of Sao Miguel Island to be more self-sufficient, over­ripe fruits and veget­ables are not being dis­carded and nev­er go on sale before their best before date. Most pro­duce arrives to the island by boat, which is an expens­ive form of ship­ment. There­fore, it is under­stand­able that the gro­cery stores try to min­im­ize waste and avoid mark­downs on loc­al pro­duce and pro­duce that has been brought to the island. I would like you to please keep this is mind, when shop­ping on the Azores. I think the self-sufficiency of Sao Miguel is amaz­ing, and find that the people who live here are proud of the pro­duce that they grow on the island.

Oth­er gro­cery stores

Liberty Amer­ic­an Store – store selling US gro­cer­ies in Pon­ta Del­gada and Riber­ia Grande.
Recheio – gro­cery store in Pon­ta Del­gada.

Map and list of gro­cery stores

I hope this list and the map of stores will help those who are vis­it­ing Sao Miguel. Please send me your exper­i­ences about gro­cery shop­ping on the island so the list and the map can be exten­ded or cor­rec­ted, if neces­sary.

List of gro­cery stores

 CONTINENTE MODELO RIBEIRA GRANDE
Rua Adolfo Coutinho de Medeir­os, 9600 – 516
RIBEIRA GRANDE
Open­ing hours: 8:00 – 23:00
MEU SUPER
Rua Dr. Filipe Cunha, Bloco 1, R/c 
PONTA DELGADA
SOL MAR Aven­ida
Aven­ida Infante Dom. Hen­rique, 97
9500 – 764
PONTA DELGADA
Open­ing hours: 8:30 – 20:00
CONTINENTE MODELO  LAGOA
 R. Direita da Atal­hada, 9560 – 414 LAGOA
Open­ing hours: 8:00 – 23:00
MEU SUPER
Rua da Grota Hen­rique João nº5,
PONTA GARCA
SOL MAR CAPELAS
Rua da Grota da Cadima
Esta­cao de Ser­vi­cio BP
9545 – 108
CAPELAS
Open­ing hours: 8:30 – 20:00
CONTINENTE MODELO PONTA DELGADA
R. da Juven­tude 38, 9500 – 211 
PONTA DELGADA
Open­ing hours: 8:00 – 23:00
MEU SUPER
Rua Dr. Fre­derico Mon­iz Pereira, nº 49FURNAS
SOLMAR  CENTRO DA VILARUA SIMOES DE ALMEIRA, 44
VILA FRANCA DO CAMPO
Open­ing hours: 8:30 – 20:00
Con­tin­ente Mod­e­lo Fajã de Baixo
Rua do Loreto, 1, 9500 – 452
 Fajã de Baixo
Open­ing hours: 8:00 – 23:00

MEU SUPER
Largo do Municí­pio nº POVOACAO
SOLMAR FAJA DE BAIXOAVENIDA DUARTE VIVEIROS, 1 9500 – 441 
PONTA DELGADA
Open­ing hours: 8:30.20:00

MEU SUPER
Rua Trindade, nº 50LAGOA
SOLMAR LIVRAMENTO
Rua Padre José M. Bar­celos, 1A
9500 – 725
PONTA DELGADA
Open­ing hours: 8:30 – 20:00
SOLMAR PROVOACAO
Rua Padre Joao Medeir­os, 1
9650PROVOACAO
Open­ing hours :8:30 – 20:00
Casa Cheia
Largo São Sebastião 6
Rabo de Peixe
SPAR
Region­al nº139
Can­delária
SOLMAR RIBEIRA GRANDEESTRADA DA RIBEIA GRANDE, Km 8
960 – 102 
RIBEIRA GRANDE
Open­ing hours: 9:00 – 21:00
Casa Cheia
Rua Cardeal D. Hum­berto de Medeir­os
Arrifes
SPAR
Lg. do Rossio, nº34
Capelas
SOL MAR SAO GONCALO
Rua de Sao gon­calo, 223
9500 – 343
PONTA DELGADA
Open­ing hours: 9:00 – 22:00
Casa Cheia
Rua Cid Lav­al, 92 – Pon­ta Del­gada
Rua Mer­cadores, 13 - Pon­ta Del­gada
Rua Cid Lav­al, 92 – Pon­ta Del­gada
Estrada Region­al, 29 B – Pon­ta Del­gada
SPAR
Rua da Igreja, nº2
Fajã de Cima
SOLMAR VALADOS
Rua António Resendes Tav­ares, 9
Arrifes 9500 – 367
PONTA DELGADA
Open­ing hours: 9:00 – 21:00
Casa Cheia
Rua Cid­ade da Ribeira Grande 25
 Ribeira Grande 
SPAR
Rua Maurí­cio António de Fraga, nº1
Pon­ta Del­gada
SOLMAR VILAFRANCA DO CAMPO
Aven­ida das Com­ni­d­ades Emig­rantes
9680
VILA FRANCA DO CAMPO
Open­ing hours: 8:30 – 21:00
Casa Cheia
Rua 25 de abril
Lagoa
SPAR
Rua das Águas Quentes, nº23
Fur­nas

Casa Cheia
Rua Teó­filo Braga, 8
Vila Franca do Campo
SPAR
R. Direita nº60
 Nordeste

Casa Cheia
Rua Padre José Tav­ares, 12
 Fur­nas


Casa Cheia
Rua Cooper­ativa Santo Antão
Pon­ta Garça


Casa Cheia
Rua Inf Sagres, 20
 Povoação


Casa Cheia
Rua Doutor António Alves Oli­veira, 16
 Nordeste


Casa Cheia
Rua Ribeira, 2
 Água de Pau





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