During the new surge of the Delta variants cases in Vietnam and particularly in Ho Chi Minh City, the government has imposed extreme social distancing measures as an effort to stop the unprecedented effect of the coronavirus. Subsequent, the regular routine is significantly disrupted, and such simple task as grocery shopping has since become the challenge.
Due to safety reasons as well as following the restrictions, buying groceries online is now the only way to go in Ho Chi Minh City. As in other regions, shopping online for daily necessities is the safest way to protect ourselves during the surge of new COVID cases nationwide.
Since the first appearance of the Delta variant cases in Ho Chi Minh City, the number of infected patients skyrocketed. As of July 20th, Ho Chi Minh City's total cases alone are 40,000 and climbing, with more than 1,000 - 4,000 new cases a day. Subsequently, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh's adjacent provinces in the South have also found new COVID cases every day. As a response, the residents in affected areas (Ho Chi Minh, the Mekong Delta) are required to follow Decree 16 and stay home as much as possible. Some notable rules to follow are:
As a result, not only is it a health risk to go shopping at the moment but there is also a food supply shortage and limited means to go outside. Therefore, buying groceries online in Vietnam is the optimal way to plan your food at home and stay away from crowded places.
Tough times call for innovative solutions. Fortunately, in this day and age of advanced technology, food can easily be shipped directly to your doorstep. Although it is undoubtedly a dire situation in big cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, these metropolitans have a handful of professional services that can keep your fridge and tummy full during lockdowns.
Grab and other ride-hailing services in Vietnam are some of the most excellent survival tools for any foreigners living or simply visiting Vietnam. Buying groceries online in Vietnam can be as effortless as one touch of a button. Some popular delivery apps are Grab, Delivery Now, Baemin, Gojek, Chopp, etc.
Due to the unexpected demand for food, e-commerce sites in Vietnam grasp the opportunity to sell fresh produce and butchery. Buying groceries online in Vietnam can now be done via e-commerce sites such as Shopee, Tiki, Lazada, etc.
Even if you are only used to shopping at your favorite supermarket, there is also a way around it in terms of buying groceries online in Vietnam. Many major supermarket brands like Lottemart and Aeon offer online shopping so you can spend your time on the sofa browsing for your items.
Aside from corporate brand supermarkets, independent marts and grocers offer the same professionalism and are a great alternative when supermarkets are overcrowded.
Some places you can look into are Annam Market, Le Square Epicier Fin, Nam An Market, Farmer's Market (imported Western products), Organica, Vinamit, TERRISA Store, Tony's Fruits (organic veggies and fruits), Dinh Phong (butchery), etc.
Paper bags to limit plastic waste of delivery items from Le Square Epicier Fin
If you're hungry for local produce, many Facebook groups for expats and locals have some sellers trying to reach their customers.
In case you cannot or aren't able to cook, or are simply craving restaurant food, there are a few restaurants that are still selling frozen, ready-made takeouts on their website. Some favorite names are Haidilao, Pizza 4P, etc.
Tips for Buying Groceries Online in Vietnam
Even after the lockdown has been alleviated and the pandemic situation is improved, the online shopping alternatives can still be helpful whenever you're too busy to go out or when your health doesn't allow you to go outside. Keeping notes of these options is undoubtedly one of the best survival tips when settling down in Vietnam as expats.
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