Day 05 : The supermarkets

22Jan16

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Like everything else, dining out in Stockholm is expensive. Sweden ranks right at the top on the Big Mac Index (not the most accurate way, but should give you a general idea) while India is comfortably at the bottom. Your brain turns into a instant Krona-to-Rupee converter and you will find yourself penny-pinching. I resorted to cooking most of my meals since I had use of a kitchen. I had planned earlier and got indian masala powders, pulses, atta and pickle mixes (the list was made by a colleague’s wife); enough for a month.

The most common supermarkets in Stockholm are ICA and Coop. The prices are relatively similar. Everything is written/labelled in Swedish and it would be better if you downloaded the Google translate app with Swedish offline package since locating a sale person might be difficult. While most part of the shopping experience is similar to that in large Indian cities, what I found different is the reason for this post – Self checkouts!! This means you weigh your own item and generate a barcode for that item; then walk to the checkout; scan the barcode; make the payment to the machine and walk out of the store without meeting the cashier. The entire system hinges on the moral compass of the customer. I doubt I will see this in India anytime soon. I half expected security to take me to a side room and verify my purchases.

Update– The best place to find Indian groceries in Stockholm is  Kista grossen.

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