Let’s be real here—there has to be more to grocery shopping in Philly than the eclectic aisles of the Fresh Grocer. Sure, it’s conveniently located and always open, but when you’re not in a crunch for time, check out some of these other great grocery stores near campus.
Trader Joe’s at 22nd and Market
Going to Trader Joe’s is only a short trolley ride away, but totally worth it. Not only does it have everything FroGro has (well at least everything you’re probably buying, unless you’re into the fashion selection), but it also has a bunch of quirky snacks, spreads, nuts and random stuff. There’s definitely something cool about offering your friends artisan spiced apple–jalapeno kettle corn, right? (Ed. note: there’s something way, way cooler about keeping it for yourself though).
Mariposa Co–Op at 49th and Baltimore
Mariposa is great because the food is fresh, locally grown and sustainable, and it is also is a great way to get involved with the community. There are options to become a member and attend many different events that the organization holds—like monthly member meetings, book readings and food tastings.
Aldi at 46th and Market
The best thing about Aldi is it’s value—everything is high quality, cheap and off brand—kind of like when you settle for Frontera but wanted Chipotle. Remember to bring your own bags though—they don’t supply bags, only recycled shipping boxes.
Dana Mandi at 43rd and Chestnut
This low–key South Asian Grocery Store is a great place to pick up things that probably can’t be found at chain grocery stores. The best thing about this place? There is a hidden Indian restaurant in the back, serving up delicious and cheap food.
FroGro at 69th Street
For those of us that really love FroGro but are just that against the scene.