Buy groceries online in Germany

There are people who love grocery shopping, and people who hate it. And then there are the people who go shopping for the basics and come back with a bunch of random things and nothing to make for dinner. If you fall under the latter two categories, you might just benefit from shopping groceries online (though we’re not promising that you won’t buy a bunch of random things on impulse, or large quantities of the things on sale, only to realise that you don’t actually have a pantry when it all gets delivered).

Groceries delivery services in Berlin

Shopping groceries online is becoming more popular, perhaps because there are many companies that offer it now, and it’s much easier and more convenient than having to do it after work or on your day off. Weekends should be spent relaxing and enjoying yourself, not bumping into other people’s trolleys at the supermarket, spending ages queueing at the till, and trying to get your screaming kids to let go of the supersize bag of gummi bears.

REWE delivery service

You can buy your groceries online at Rewe, where you select the things you would like to buy, pick a payment method and delivery time, and they show up at your door with your groceries – it’s that simple. REWE offers almost the same range of products online that they offer in their physical store locations.

Bringmeister – Kaisers & Tengelmann

There are also dedicated groceries delivery companies that operate online only, and one such grocery delivery company is Bringmeister – an especially good choice if you buy bottled water. Everyone says tap water is fine in Berlin, but if your tastebuds are functioning properly, and you’ve seen the limescale sticking to your kitchen appliances and sink, you might just disagree with everyone. If you need bottled water, Bringmeister is a pretty good source for it. And just for the record, Bringmeister is operated by Kaisers & Tengelmann, which means they are the main competitor for REWE delivery service.

Shopwings

There’s another alternative; instead of using one supermarket or another online grocery shop, you can go to Shopwings first, and then select from the options they offer. You can choose from Lidl, Alnatura, Edeka, and Aldi. This way, you can get your cheap basics, organic goodies, or premium treats, and shop to your heart’s content. Shopwings also can deliver within 2 hours after ordering, which is pretty impressive. But prices on Shopwings are higher than if you go shopping yourself, so keep that in mind when ordering there.

Difference between certain groceries delivery services

These groceries delivery services all operate in pretty much the same way, it just depends which supermarket you want to shop at, and what your budget is. Most services offer different payment types like PayPal, invoice, or cash upon delivery. With regards to delivery times, they vary from next day to next week, and delivery prices usually start off free for your first delivery, and go up to a few Euros – not a deal breaker at all.

Advantages and disadvantages of buying groceries online

One thing to keep in mind is that sometimes the things you ordered are not available, so they might be replaced with other things. It might occur that you ordered coconut müsli, and because they were out of it, they replaced it with extra crunchy chocolate cereal with chocolate chips and cookie bits. If you’re not into the occasional totally random replacement, or if you’re the type of person who picks at every piece of fruit and vegetable to make sure there are no bruises or scratches on it, you might have a hard time adjusting to getting your groceries picked up by someone else. However, the advantages of online grocery shopping are so great, you might just get so used to it you’ll never want to set foot in a supermarket again.