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Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.
Myriam Market: Supermarket with Diverse Imported Goods
Feel like cooking Thai food today? Or do you have a special occasion coming up and need some delicious Pillsbury cake mix? If so, then look no further than Myriam Market in Maadi.
Located in Degla just down the road from the popular El Shader café on a quiet intersection is Myriam Market, one of the neighbourhood’s most famous supermarkets. The supermarket holds a special place in the community, and it is very evident by the myriad of customers’ pictures lining its walls.
Similar to the equally popular Kimo Market, Myriam Market mostly caters to the large expat community living near the Cairo American College. The benefit of this is that the supermarket offers a very diverse offering of international products: from fish sauce and rice noodles to authentic tasting Indian curries. However, the majority of their space seems to be dedicated to one thing: delicious American junk food.
Everything from Oreos to Kool Aid to Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal can be found here. But like all imported goods in Egypt, you will have to pay a very hefty price. Although this reviewer would not recommend Myriam Market for practical, basic grocery shopping, the supermarket is a haven for junk food enthusiasts and those who want feel like treating themselves every once in a while.
They offer a packet of Oreos biscuits at a whopping 49LE; but at least for that price you have a choice between regular, double-stuffed or reduced fat (to ease the guilt). They also have a very large variety of American cereals, most of them starting at 39LE up to 49LE, depending on the size and brand.
However, not everything is expensive. Delicious and easy to make Pillsbury Cake mixes only cost 20LE a box. Myriam deserves some credit for offering the local equivalent of whatever imported item that they have on their shelves: you can choose to buy a large bottle of Ocean Spray for 32LE, or you can opt for the local Juhayna brand for only 6.75LE.
That concept of choice expands into the meat section, where they offer a wide variety of meat, chicken and turkey. Right next door is the cheese section, where you will find a colourful smorgasbord of both local and international brands, either pre-packaged for sliced-to-order.
The produce section is hidden in the back, and few steps below ground level. The grocer there knows his stuff and always seems to stock good-quality vegetables, including asparagus, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and various herbs.Myriam Market is an excellent choice for Maadi residents looking for that elusive spice ingredient or a delicious imported treat all in one shop.
Needless to say, their tea selection wasn’t small but contained nothing different than what you’d find at other local supermarket chains. Also available, and up the second flight of stairs, is a variety of children’s clothing made from organic materials.
The two shop attendants on site at the time of our visit were cordial enough, though not overly friendly or helpful.
Overall, Organic & More Supermarket is definitely providing yet another option for healthy eating and body care and for that, we can’t complain.