The choice of brands and produce found in Luxembourg shops has come a long way since Loren Motiani’s was a child growing up in Luxembourg.
“I would never have found marshmallow fluff, Bovril or Marmite a few years ago but now I see them more and more often,” she says.
She recalls driving to Antwerp and Brussels to find Asian vegetables and other ingredients that her Singaporean parents would cook. Today, international ingredients and brands are widely found in the range of Indian and South east Asian stores popping up in Luxembourg, not to mention the main supermarket chains.
Another evolution Motiani has noticed is the availability of halal meat in butchers, particularly around the capital. This, she says, is prompted by growing demand from Luxembourg’s growing international community.
Motiani says that she and her partner favour seasonal produce and tend to shop in several different stores and farmers’ markets. When it comes to clothing, “we mostly go to Germany. That’s just a personal preference,” she says, adding: “Of course, Amazon is great, mostly for CDs and books. The variety of English books is so much better on Amazon. I’ve also a few friends who buy Japanese and Taiwanese snacks online.”