Buy Groceries Online in Berlin
Some people love grocery shopping, and some people just 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).
There are two different types of grocery delivery services in Berlin.
Option 1, and by far our favorite way to buy groceries online, is using services such as Gorillas and Flink, that deliver groceries within 10-20 minutes.
How do they do it, you might ask yourself.
Well, Gorillas and Flink do have several small warehouses spread throughout the city, usually one or two in each neighbourhood.
This way the riders can quickly pick up your order with their electric bikes and deliver within this short amount of time.
Option 2 is ordering your groceries online with e.g. Rewe, which will deliver from one centrally located warehouse.
That means that you usually pick a time slot for your delivery for the next day or day after.
The advantage of these services is that they usually have more items to choose from.
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.
And since Corona has come along and all unnecessary contact should be avoided, shopping your groceries online is not only the most convenient but also the safest option.
One of the most amazing things to happen lately is the arrival of Gorillas in Berlin.
If you haven’t heard of Gorillas yet you will be in for a surprise.
First of all follow our link to download the Gorillas app.
Then open the app, select all the good things that you are missing in your fridge and cupboards and go to the checkout.
Don’t forget to enter the refer a friend code for a 10€ discount “AG341343“
And now this is where the magic happens.
After ordering at Gorillas your delivery will arrive at your place within 8-15 minutes!
You heard that right. They really are that fast.
So Gorillas is also the perfect food delivery service if you are craving a Ben and Jerrys ice cream and all the supermarkets are either closed or too far away.
The time it takes you to put on your shoes and leave the house will be enough for Gorillas to deliver the food to your place.
Oh, and best of all, Gorillas is covering almost all neighbourhoods of Berlin and is delivering in many more cities in Germany already.
The newest online grocery delivery service in Berlin is simply called Oda.
Oda was started in Norway and from there quickly expanded to many other European countries.
And we have to say Oda is the best thing in a long time that happened online here in Berlin.
First of all, Oda has a very big selection of grocieries, fresh fruits and vegetables or deep frozen goods.
So anything you might find in a normal supermarket you will also find at Oda.
And now here comes the big surprise, the prices at Oda are the closest you will find to a normal supermarket anywhere online.
While some of the grocery delivery services either charge a high delivery fee or the prices on the site are generally higher, at Oda we have seen the best prices so far online.
So far our deliveries were without any problems, the fruits were always fresh and there were no mix-ups or any other issues.
As a special offer in the first month all orders above 40€ are free of any delivery charges.
But also after that first month you can save the delivery charges if you choose a time-frame for your delivery of 5 hours instead of the shorter windows of just 2 hours.
Insider Tip: Sign up with our link and get a 10€ bonus for your first delivery.
Very similar to Gorillas is the new grocery delivery service Flink.
Groceries are usually delivered within 10-20 minutes.
And similar to Gorillas, almost all neighbourhoods in Berlin are already included in their service area.
All you need to do is follow this refer a friend link to download the app.
And another great feature of Flink is that it will show you the exact delivery time already before you are starting to order.
Last time we ordered that delivery time was down to the exact minute.
Similar to Gorillas, if you enter our code FLINK-RLJBP8N5 you will get a 10€ discount for your first order.
REWE Delivery Service
You can buy your groceries online at Rewe, where you select the all the food and drinks 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.
And best of all, if some items from your delivery are not available, you will be offered the option to choose a replacement straight away.
This way you won’t be disappointment that the delivery is missing half of the ordered items. Isn’t that great?
We have compared the online prices with the prices in the supermarkets (Rewe only).
While most products do cost the same, you might find some items on sale in the supermarket that you do not see discounted online.
Another great option for ordering your groceries online is Amazon Fresh!
What we like the most about Amazon Fresh is the fact that they have so many delivery slots available that you usually can pick your prefered time.
Any delivery will be brought right to your doorstep, so even when you order water or milk you don’t have to carry it up all the way yourself.
You will get the same great Amazon experience that you get when ordering electronics or books.
Just follow our link, log in to your existing Amazon account (or quickly create a new one) and enjoy fast food delivery to your doorstep.
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.
Visit the Bringmeister website.
Comparison Grocery Delivery Services Berlin
|Delivery time||10mins||Next day||10min||Next day||Same day||At least 1 day|
|Timeslots available||Instantaneously||Next day and up to several weeks in advance||Instantaneously||Up to 1 week in advance||Same day||Up to 1 week in advance|
|Delivery area||Most neighbourhoods||Most neighbourhoods||Most neighbourhoods||Most neighbourhoods||Almost all neighbourhoods||Almost all neighbourhoods|
|Food tracker||Yes||No, but push notification||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|No. of articles||Limited||Many||Limited||Many||Many||Many|
|New customer bonus||Yes, 10€ with this link and code AG341343||Yes, 10€ with this link||Yes, 10€ with this link and code FLINK-RLJBP8N5||No||No||No|
Difference between 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.
So when it comes to payment methods and the choice of groceries the difference is not that big.
If anything we would say that Rewe and Bringmeister do have the most variety of products followed by Amazon Fresh.
But when it comes to delivery times the differences between these grocery delivery services could not be bigger.
Gorillas and Flink are for the ones that need their groceries very quickly (within 10 minutes), while Rewe, Amazon Fresh and Bringmeister are more suitable if you can wait a couple of days until delivery.
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.
Well if ordering your groceries only is that easy why don’t you try out ordering food online next?
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