Top 10 Best Australian Supermarkets

From the big cities to the Outback, we all need to hit up the supermarket. But with so many choices these days, finding your perfect grocery shopping match can feel a bit overwhelming.

What are the best Australian supermarkets? Do you love the fresh produce and focus on quality, or are amazing prices and deals your biggest priority? Maybe it's all about location and convenience, or perhaps you're big on supporting local and independent businesses.

Whatever makes a supermarket stand out for you, we want to hear about it.
The Top Ten
1 Woolworths

The whole environment of this supermarket makes me feel comfortable and happy. The main color of the retail store is green, which makes me feel fresh and environmentally conscious. I really enjoy shopping there every time.

It's not on this list because of my opinion. It's here because more people go to it than to Coles, and I want to be nice to them.

Woolies is the best. It's better than Coles will ever be. The people who work there are much nicer and more helpful.

2 Coles

Coles is my favorite supermarket. It's older and cheaper than its rival, Woolworths. The motto A little better every day really suits the place, and the Down, Down, Prices are Down song is really cool.

Coles has many affiliated stores, such as Kmart (a department store), Bi-Lo (a supermarket), Coles Express (a convenience store at 619 Shell petrol stations in Australia), Target (a department store), Myer (a department store), Liquorland (a bottle shop), Vintage Cellars (a bottle shop), 1st Choice Liquor Superstore (a bottle shop), Officeworks (an office supply store), and Red Rooster (a franchise restaurant). Additionally, an employee at the Coles in Manuka Plaza mentioned that they had lowered prices as far as they could.


There's an IGA at almost every set of local shops, and they've got this thing going on there called the G'IGA'ntic Sale as a pun on the spelling of the word gigantic and the name of the supermarket. The motto is How the locals like it, and that's just how the place is!

To all at Rick's IGA Cronulla, hi to Robin, Mell, and the staff who look after us. Thank you all for taking such great care of us, and we trust you will continue to do so for many years to come. Where would we be without your terrific service, home delivery, excellent prices, and all our favorite products?

You are part of our community here in Cronulla, and this is where you belong. I have lived here for 8 years now in a unit just around the corner from you. My family and I would be lost without you, as would many others. I can personally confirm that on many occasions, your staff have gone above and beyond for us over time.

Kind regards and best wishes,
Mrs. Marilyn A. Wayne


With the new makeover, the shops are now well laid out, and with the new freezers, they are nicer to shop in. The biggest advantage is the superior self-branded products, which more often than not are better than brand-name products sold elsewhere.

For all their self-branded goods, they use very good recipe formulations that helped them gain market share in Europe. While I don't buy their kitchen appliances, as I don't think they match the quality of their other goods, their other specials from time to time are of excellent quality. Overall, they offer good quality products at a better price, and they can still afford to pay their staff more than the others, which is another positive.

5 Supa IGA

Great stores, excellent specials. Overall prices are similar to major supermarkets, but they offer better service and are locally owned. They will also get products in for you if they can.

6 Coles Central

Just Coles, only in urban areas of Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.

7 Shop-Rite

Shop-Rite is a one-location supermarket at the Griffith Shops and has just seven employees. It boasts a large dairy section that also features biscuits, rare European foods, and a small liquor store within itself. There are ice blocks and cereals you can't find at Coles or Woolworths, as well as those you can. There's also a drink fridge on the way out.

8 Foodworks
9 Friendly Grocer

They're a non-profit organization, and they're just around the corner!

10 Foodland

Great community vibe, and they support local produce at every store.

The Contenders
11 Woolworths Metro

Woolworths Metro is a great store. Although it doesn't have everything, it's convenient for busy areas. It usually also features a cafe and sitting area.

Just like Woolworths, but only in the metro parts of Australia.

12 Costco

How in the world is this ranked 14th? The prices are so cheap, and they have everything. Costco is like my home and should be number one.

This place is a good place to go.

13 Drakes Supermarkets

They are only in SA, Qld, and one in Alice, but they are the best place to shop ever! They have a Drakes Supermarkets/Drakes Foodland format which is larger, a fruit shed format that sells cheap fruit and vegetables, and a market store format which is smaller, similar to an IGA.

They take care of their customers with the best customer service, will order in products you ask for, and offer the freshest fruit and vegetables. They also carry all your favorite local brands and support local suppliers whenever possible. A winner every time!

14 Campbells Cash and Carry
15 India at Home
16 Harris Farm Markets

Freshest produce, cheap, fair prices, and a wide range of nutritious food.

17 Farmer Jacks
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