There are plenty of supermarkets in Gran Canaria, almost in every corner or within walking distance. Bare in mind that the price difference between one or the other can be up to 30%. Unless you have a car, we recommend you to buy all the lighter items in the cheaper supermarkets, and the water and other heavy items from the supermarket next to your hotel or apartment.
If you compare the price of food and other items that you can buy in supermarkets, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria comes out on top, as the most expensive place in Spain! (Source, OCU consumer's union). The inflation rate in 2022 has been higher than in other European countries. Prices of many items have gone up over 10% in the last few months (updated May 2022).
list of the most popular supermarkets in Gran Canaria: (We recommend the first three)
Mercadona: Spanish supermarkets. Their motto is “Precios siempre bajos,” or “Low prices always” – They are medium or big in size and are quite crowded, although the staff is efficient and lines move quite fast. It is rare that you don’t have to wait in line. Best deals are on their own brands, like “Bosque Verde” or “Hacendado”. The quality of their own brands is quite good. Plenty of shops throughout Gran Canaria. They sell food, cosmetics, and cleaning stuff.
If you're allergic, or on a gluten-free diet, then this supermarket is the best choice. Unlike other supermarkets, Mercadona doesn't have a special over-priced gluten-free products section. Instead, they have decided to put a "gluten-free" logo on all products of the supermarket, that don't have this ingredient. There are over 900 products, including ice-creams of different flavors. For those of us with allergies, the new European law requires the names of the ingredients that can cause allergic reactions to be written in bold, and this supermarket follows this thoroughly.
Alcampo: This is a French hypermarket, with only one facility on the island. It is located in Telde, between the capital Las Palmas, and the airport, in La Estrella shopping area. Big premises, very busy on weekends, because locals feel that it is one of the best supermarkets in Gran Canaria. They sell almost everything: clothes, electronics, computers, furniture kits, toys, as well as food.
Carrefour: Another French hypermarket with four shops on the island. They are located in Vecindario in C.C. Atlantico, in Las Palmas inside C.C. Las Arenas, C.C. La Ballena, and Hoya de la Plata. They sell all kinds of food items, electronics, computers, furniture, hardware, toys, clothing for all ages. Best deals on their own brands, such as “Carrefour Discount” brand.
Hiperdino or Superdino. This belongs to a Canarian group of companies, and they have over 60 shops distributed around the whole island. Supermarkets can be small, medium, or large.Generally they are medium. They used to be considered expensive, but the new Canarian owners are trying really hard to make prices competitive. Free delivery for orders over 60 euros. Click here to check out their latest offers. (Opens in a new window).
Spar: Plenty of these all around the island. Prices not too competitive. Small or medium in size. Some of them have a take-away section of cooked food, which is quite reasonably priced.
Lidl: German discount supermarkets. Lots of cheap food items of their own brands, and some offers of other items, but quite limited. Has six stores, located in San Fernando de Maspalomas (Bellavista area), Galdar, Ingenio, Arinaga, Vecindario, and Telde.
Aldi: This German supermarket will open its first supermarkets in Gran Canaria, in the summer of 2022. One will be in the capital of the island (Las Palmas) and the other one will be in Telde. It is planning to open 20 shops across the Canaries.
Hipercor: Big Spanish supermarket located in C.C. Siete Palmas, in the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. If you are looking for high quality items, this is the supermarket for you.
Supercor: These are Spanish supermarkets belonging to the Corte Ingles group. Unfortunately, their prices are too high and the Gran Canarian locals have said “no!,” and hardly visit them.
There is a clever trick we recommend some of our friends to do, who want to take it easy and relax on the beach. If you're here for two weeks, it might be worthwhile doing your food and drink shopping online, the day before you leave your country (or better still, the morning you leave), and have it delivered to your apartment or hotel.
There is no minimum purchase amount, and there will be a delivery charge added to your total, which generally is between 7-10 euros. These are the websites of the recommended supermarkets:
Update May 2022: You don't need to follow these rules any more. The Covid pandemic seems like is getting under control.
There are a new set of rules for anyone wanting to go buy food, to protect them from catching the virus: