At the hub of routes east, west, and north, A1 Smith’s Market (10 South Shore Rd., at the foot of Collector’s Hill, tel. 441/236-6673, 8 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 1–5 p.m. Sun.) is a busy little grocery that stays stocked up with most of the basics. One of seven groceries that belong to the MarketPlace chain islandwide, it has Bermudian bakery items, a full dairy and butcher’s counter, fresh fruit and vegetables, and a wide, well-priced wine selection. Cheerful checkout clerks make it a popular neighborhood stopping place.
Serving the billionaires of Tucker’s Town and the nouveau riche of Knapton Hill, Harrington Hundreds Grocery & Liquor Store (99 South Shore Rd., opposite Spittal Pond, tel. 441/293-1635, fax 441/293-3136, 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 1–5 p.m. Sun.) is a foodie oasis far from Hamilton. The store has a superior selection of Bermuda-grown fruit and vegetables (sweet local strawberries, ripe-on-the-vine tomatoes, melt-in-your-mouth melons) and a wide selection of organic fare, including specialized items for vegans and folks with wheat allergies and other dietary challenges. The store carries a good wine selection, from California to the Continent, fresh-baked stick loaves, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream…who could want more?
© Rosemary Jones from Moon Bermuda, 2nd Edition