Managua - Post Report Question and Answers

How would you describe the availability and cost of groceries and household supplies relative to your home country?

You can find pretty much anything you want here. PriceSmart is a Costco clone that has most of the same things as home. La Colonia is a high-end, Western-style grocery chain. We get all our fruits and vegetables delivered by a restaurant supply company for $10-15 USD per week. - Dec 2021

La Colonia is a higher end supermarket chain where most Americans do their shopping. PriceSmart, which is a warehouse store exactly like Costco, is also very popular. It even carries many Kirkland brand products. I was surprised by the lack of quality fresh vegetables (you will eat a lot of broccoli and cauliflower), but what Nicaragua lacks in produce is made up by the plentiful and delicious fruits available year-round. - Jun 2020

I was shocked at how much is available here. Pricesmart is a big box store like Costco and even has Kirkland products. They have large bottles of olive oil, U.S. laundry detergent, pet food, cat litter, soy milk, cereals, almond milk, and peanut butter. The regular grocery stores are very good, too. They have tahini, Asian food ingredients, etc. Local foods such as beans, rice, and produce are very affordable. Imported items are more expensive (nuts are very expensive). You can also shop in the local markets which are very affordable. You can find tofu at several places (Naturaleza, the Korean market, Ola Verde), but not in the grocery stores. - Apr 2018

There are two chain supermarkets with a decent, though not extensive, variety of groceries, mostly local with a smattering of US products. A PriceMart membership is a must for expats. It's similar to Costco and is the only place we ever found cottage cheese, real orange juice, cranberries, and certain types of cereal. The prices are roughly the equivalent of non-membership stores in the US. In general, buying local products will save you a lot of money. - Mar 2012

Many groceries are available here, though imports are expensive. We have a Pricemart (like BJ's, Sam's Club, ect) so we get more American products than I have seen in other areas. Veggies aren't great here. - Mar 2011

Groceries are inexpensive if you stay away from the imported goods from the U.S. which is typically overpriced two-to-three fold. Cleaning supplies and paper products are relatively expensive. - Apr 2009

Everything seems to be available at one time or another. Except for vegetables and meat, prices for imported items are comparable to European ones. - Mar 2008

Comparable to Washington, DC. - Feb 2008

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