Oaxaca mural

Oaxaca mural

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Yesterday the first order of business was to go to the supermarket to stock the cupboards and refrigerator in the apartment.  Just a couple blocks away there is a small shopping mall which includes a "Superama". 

"Superama" is a Mexican supermarket chain.  Although it was bought out by Walmart (ugh!), it remains an upscale establishment.  Some years ago I shopped at a different "Superama" located in the Condesa neighborhood, and I was not very impressed.  This one near my new place however is much nicer.  It looks brighter and cleaner, and the aisles are wider. 

A pile of beautiful avocados in the foreground.
To the left are jicamas, a root vegetable that (at least to me) tastes like a cross between an apple and a water chestnut.

When I checked out I had two large canvas shopping bags filled with groceries and produce.  (By the way, if you should ever shop in a Mexican supermarket, be aware of the fact that you should give the person who bags your purchases a tip.  Most of them are elderly people who are earning a little extra money.  I may be overly generous, but I usually give them a ten peso coin.)

Even though it was only a couple blocks back to the apartment, trudging along at Mexico City's high altitude with two heavy bags was a bit of a workout!


  1. The Superama in Condesa is definitely just so-so, but probably only because they couldn't get a better place. So it's small and cramped. There's a very nice one on the corner of Avenida Coyocán and Xola that could, if you were drunk enough, pass for a Whole Foods. You can find it here: https://goo.gl/maps/kzZCxSHdQuE2 If I'm feeling energetic or needing something that my local Sumesa doesn't have, then I'll hike over the Viaducto to the Superama.

    As for WalMart, I think they do a great job SOB and a decent job here. Why the "ugh?"


    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where there's an enormous Wal*Mart that's always full.

    1. There are 2 Superamas in Condesa... one on Michoacán and another on Montes de Oca. The one on Montes de Oca is a little less cramped but still not great.
      Although I admit to visiting the Walmart in Merida, Yucatan, back home I never shop at Walmart!