What do you do if you are craving for your traditional food when you are so many miles away from home? You shop at Monoprix of course! Monoprix you say? Well, they are very new, and have very well stocked imported food. When I say imported I mean Monoprix-imported. Monoprix is an upscale French chain that sells all kinds of French food and drinks; at a hefty price tag. When I say hefty I mean hefty. A small can of oil will set you back 150 riyals. A soda will cost you 50 riyals. Not to mentioned a kilogram of salami will burn a hole in your pocket. Even the goddamn cheese selection are no less than 18 riyals. The shopping mall looks new, it's clean and tidy and while they stock local and other essential (affordable) products you will go flabbergasted with the wide range of French products they have on stock. They have French grown courgette (45 riyals for two sticks) French grapes, even fresh bread flown in from France. In my opinion the best things they had were the generous selection of ice cream tubs and fresh strawberries. They were by far the biggest strawberries I have seen in my life and they tasted way way better than the American, Armenian and Jordan strawberries you get in Carrefour down the road. Monoprix also carry several French retailers so if you're looking to do your clothes shopping you can do it there too. I couldn't help noticing the trolleys the Qatari ladies were hauling. It was laden with all kind of goodies.
How can they afford such expensive things in laden?
Well, I guess that's why Monoprix can afford to run in Qatar. If the expats can't afford to buy the cranberries flavoured salt then you can count on the locals to do that for you
The second best part of the shopping experience? They give paper bags!
The third best part of the supermarket? Electronic price tags!
Here are some pictures of the supermarket after the jump
Gluten Free, Organic Food and Cereals
Believe it not, the Organic food was cheaper than the normal stuff
Dairy Products, Frozen Food and Ice Cream
We bought this bite sized cheese bites and it was really good!
I just couldn't resist...
Wohoo, is it Christmas already?
Lentils, Canned Goods and Pasta
Fresh Meat, Fresh Cheese and Ready-to-Eat
Just look at the prices will you? Thank God I'm a vegetarian
Hi, I am the Iranian caviar and I cost 405 riyals!
Imported & Local Vegetables and Spices
Strawberries, pineapples, rambutans and peaches
Candies, Chocolates and Baby Food
You can't get alcoholic drinks here, but you can buy the mixers here and make your own cocktails in your house~
We bought a few things and the tab came up to 143 riyals