Buying Groceries in Niue
Travellers looking to experience Niue like a local or just want to save money on food can buy their own groceries on the island. From a flashy modern supermarket with a giant uga (coconut crab) at the entrance to humble village shops, there are a surprising amount of options when it comes to food shopping on “The Rock”. We go through the supermarket, grocery store, market and village shops available in this quick guide to food shopping in Niue.
Quick Tips for Food Shopping in Niue
- Unless staying at the Scenic Matavai Resort or the Lialagi Units, you will have access to self-catering facilities at your accommodation
- If self-catering, after landing in Niue don’t head straight to your accommodation – stop by the Swanson Supermarket first! It’s right by the airport – take a left out of the airport car park
- Supermarkets and grocery stores are stocked with imports from New Zealand but expect to pay a little more than what you pay in New Zealand
- Bargaining is not practised in Niue, so if the price is too high go somewhere else
- Be sure to check out some of the local restaurants too! See The Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Niue for recommendations.
Niue’s Largest Supermarket
Niue has one large supermarket, the Swanson Supermarket. Located at the Swanson shopping complex on Tapeu-Poritt Road (near the airport with a giant uga crab outside), the Swanson Supermarket is a good go-to for your grocery shopping while on the island. It stocks a wide range of New Zealand imported foods, has a bakery on-site, as well as sells imported and local produce. They also sell cosmetic and toiletry products, as well as light medication such as pain relief.
Opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 1pm-6pm Saturday.
For typical food prices, see What is the Cost of Food in Niue?
Grocery Stores in Alofi
You can purchase a wide range of groceries from the grocery stores in Alofi. About the size of a convenience store, Alofi’s grocery stores offer a good range of food items at similar prices to what you will find at the Swanson Supermarket, so get an idea of typical prices in What is the Cost of Food in Niue?
Located in the Alofi Commercial Centre, Double M stocks all your basic groceries, as well as meat, fruit, vegetables and dry food. They are open 7.30am-7.30pm Monday to Saturday.
Moko’s Central Mark (MCM)
Also in the Commercial Centre of Alofi, MCM has all your basic essentials, from toiletries and baby products to groceries and fresh bread. They are open 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday and 2pm-8pm Saturday.
Central Services (The Gas Station)
Central Services on Alofi’s main road (at the south end of the town) stocks a few essentials, such as fresh bread, other baked goods, hot pies, cold drinks and the occasional fruit and vegetables. They are open 7am-8pm Monday to Saturday and 4pm-8pm Sunday.
Some villages around Niue have one or two small stalls selling a few essential food items. They have limited opening hours, usually open in the early morning or in the evening. Some shops are only open on a weekend. Locals or accommodation hosts are usually happy to point you to the nearest store. Pay with cash.
Learn more about Niue’s shops and services here.
An alternative place to buy fresh local produce is the Niue Market or “Markete”. This is located in Alofi next to the Tourist Information Centre and only takes place on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. There is typically fresh fruit and vegetables for sale, as well as uga (coconut crab) and fish. However, the offering and variety of produce depending on the season.
Opening hours include: 5am-8am Monday, 8am-12pm Wednesday and 5am-8am Friday.
There is also an organic market on the first Friday of the month, which typically has more produce to choose from. It starts at 5pm.