Grocery Shopping in Sucre, Bolivia & Price Chart of Items
Sucre has great farmer’s markets but for access to a large selection of imported deli, dried, canned and other goods (huge wine and spirits selection) you should head to Pompeya - an upscale supermarket located just a block from Plaza 25 de Mayo on España street.
Rarely have I seen in grocery stores traveling through South America jars of Garlic Black Bean sauce (yum!), Kikkoman Soy Sauce and ACT II Buttered Popcorn.
There is another grocery store – SAS – yet with a smaller selection of products and next to nil imported items. The deli had only a couple types of cheese available for purchase, Pompeya has around ten including imported Gouda, Gruyère and Swiss.
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Note On Buying Fresh Fruits & Vegetables: Both stores sell fruits and veggies mainly in 1 kilo pre-packaged bags, and only the basics (apples, tomatoes, etc.). If you need just one or two of something and a much larger selection, your best bet is Mercado Central located just three blocks from Pompeya and around six blocks from SAS. Photos & Video – Markets in Sucre
SAS does have a movie theater and parking garage attached, plus ATM machines to get cash.
The prices for items available at Pompeya below are for 2011. The prices have been converted into US dollars. At time of conversion $1 USD equaled 6.9 bolivianos. For real time rates use the Currency Calculator.
Prices of Commonly Purchased Items at Pompeya in Sucre.
|Hellman’s Mayonesa (475 g) = $1.90||frozen fish nuggets (300 g) = $2.80||bag of milk (1 litre) = 80 cents||Coke (1 can) = 95 cents|
|whole fresh pinapple = $1.30 – $1.60||Sprite (2 litre) = $1.20||bottled water (2 litre) = 75 cents||eggs (1 dozen) = $1.80|
|Swiss Cheese (.330 g) = $3.30||Gruyère Cheese (.295 g) = $4.10||Top Ramen (1 pkg) = 35 cents||dried pasta (400 g) = $1 – $1.30|
|flour tortillas (8 large) = $3.10||Pringles’s Potato Chips (139 g) = $2.60||Kellog’s Corn Flakes (350 g) = $3.30||Black Label 5 Rum (1 litre) = $12.30|
|red wine (750 cc) = $2.90 – $15.30||Gourmet Popcorn (200 g) = $2.00||Van Camps Baked Beans (28 ounces) = $3.20||Bailey’s Original Irish Creme (750 ml) = $17.80|
|Chivas Regal Scotch Whiskey (180 litre) = $39.00||Oreo Cookies (216 g) = $1.30||Kikkoman Soy Sauce (296 ml) = $4.40||Carbonelli Olive Oil (500 ml) = $6.40|
Photograph & video by Molly McHugh, all rights reserved.