Where to Buy American Food in Sydney

Where to buy American food in Sydney – If there’s one thing expats tend to miss living overseas, it’s food from their home country. As an American expat living in Sydney, being in a major international city means food choices and cuisines are nearly unlimited, which is fantastic, but there’s still always a few things from home I miss. I’m talking the essentials: Hershey’s chocolate, American peanut butter, Pillsbury cinnamon rolls in a can (don’t judge).

To help other expats, I’ve rounded up some of the best places in Sydney and online to find American groceries and products. Consider it an edible form of nostalgia.

In most places mentioned, prices are generally higher than you’d pay in the states, but sometimes a little slice of home is worth the cost. I’ve included the locations and what sort of food they tend to stock, although that’s always subject to change. Hope it’s helpful!

USA Treats, within the Fast Fruit Store, St Leonards Forum

Stock– This small grocery store always has a large selection of American (and British) foods and candy. Usually stock includes breakfast cereals, lots of Hershey’s chocolates, syrup, and candy bars, Junior Mints, sodas (A&W, Dr Pepper in various flavours), Kool Aid, and Halloween candy, including candy corn. They also offer seasonal homemade soups, salads, and takeaway options.

How to get there– Located next to St Leonards train station, within the forum. Upon exiting the station, take an immediate right and you can’t miss it.

https://usatreats.com.au/

american chocolate sydney
Stock up on the basics in St Leonards.

USAFoods.com.au (online)

Stock– USAFoods is a huge website, with a massive selection of American food, from spices, cereals, chips and crackers, sauces and BBQ rubs, and  perennial classics such as Goldfish, Lifesavers, and Pillsbury products. Their stock can change often and they do tend to run out of products quickly. But, if you’re looking for something particular, this is the best place to start your search.

How to get there– Order online, they ship Australia-wide.

www.usafoods.com.au

Costco

Stock– Everyone’s favourite Saturday morning excursion has landed down under. I can’t vouch for whether the food bar has the giant hot pretzels of my childhood, but expect to see a big range of American products, like what you would find at home, including American-style bacon, frozen foods, and grocery items and sweets.

How to get there– Located in Lidcombe, you’ll find ample parking and these huge stores are easy to spot, even from a distance. As in America, membership is required to shop here.

http://www.costco.com.au/index.shtml

Sweet Surprises, Penrith and Campbelltown (and online)

Stock– This candy store has a huge array of American, British, and Kiwi sweets. They also have a range of groceries, including Pop Tarts, Marshmallow Fluff, Smucker’s, and pancake mix. The stores have an old-fashioned feel and are worth a visit, if you’re in the area.

How to get there– They have locations slightly outside Sydney, or you can order online.

http://www.sweetsurprises.com.au/

candy store leura
Visit the Blue Mountains for some sweet treats. (Courtesy of bluemtns.com.au)

The Candy Store, Leura

Stock– This quaint candy and sweets store is in Leura, a beautiful town in the Blue Mountains, about a two-hour drive west of Sydney. They have a large selection of chocolate and candies from around the world, and stock Altoids, Wonka, Hershey’s, and Nerd products, and even American hot sauces.

How to get there– Located in Leura Mall, they are close to the train station in Leura, or can be reached by car. You can also order online.

http://candystore.com.au/

City Convenience, Sydney CBD

Stock– This clean and, well, convenient chain of convenience stores tends to have a wide range of American chocolates, include all types of Hershey’s Peanut Butter Cups (my personal favourite), as well as some sodas. Great for a quick chocolate fix when you’re running errands in the city.

How to get there– They have a wide range of location throughout the city- details can be found on their website.

http://www.cityconveniencestore.com/

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Jelly Belly, David Jones
david jones food hall
David Jones Food Hall (Courtesy of David Jones)

David Jones Food Hall, Sydney CBD

Stock– David Jones, one’s of Australia’s better department stores, has two flagship stores in Sydney, on Elizabeth Street and Market Street. On the ground level of the Market Street store, you’ll find the Food Hall. Similar to Harrods, you’ll find a huge range of champagne and oyster bars, sushi trains, and fresh dining options. They also sell gourmet international groceries. On a recent trip, I saw a huge amount of Jelly Belly, and other assorted chocolates, snacks, jams and sauces, and gift baskets with American and British options.

How to get there– Located on the ground level of 65-77 Market Street, Sydney

https://www.davidjones.com.au/Store-Services/Food/Food-hall

harbor bridge expat
Plan B- wait for your relatives to come visit, bearing foods from home!

O Canada (online)

Stock– Had to throw in a helpful suggestion for our neighbours up north. This online site sells a range of Canadian and American foods. Expect everything maple syrup, snacks, sauces, baking supplies, and they also have gluten-free selections. You’ve got to like any business with a kangaroo holding a hockey stick on their homepage.

How to get there– Order online, they ship Australia-wide.

http://ocanada.com.au/shop/

twinkies in Sydney Australia
Marshmallows! (Fast Fruit, St Leonards)

(All recommendations are based on my own chocolate-loving experiences, and have not been influenced by the stores named above)

If you’re after American burgers, check out our top pics here and here. What’s your favourite food from back home, and have I missed any good spots? Would love to hear your recommendations!

16 Comments

  1. What a fresh perspective. I spend so much time sitting in America and dreaming of going abroad that I don’t ever think of living abroad and searching for home. When I first moved to Tucson from Ohio, I kept seeing corn fields along the sides of the highways. I even remember a trip to Paris where I had to have a Mc Donalds hamburger. Sometimes, you need a little bit of home when you’re on the road.

  2. It is always nice when you are living abroad and you have access to some of the things that you have in your home country. This is especially true of food. Food gets you closer to the flavours and aromas of your own country in spite of the distance. It is so nice to see that there are so many options for American food in Sydney.

  3. It’s funny, I’m Australian and my husband is from the US, when i moved to the US I was trying to find Australian food desperately. Now that we’re back in Australia I’m trying to find US food! David Jones food hall is a great spot in Sydney 🙂

    1. How funny! I am not sure if there’s much Australian food in the US, but my parents did notice the other day that American Targets sell TimTams! 🙂

  4. I agree with you about wanting foods that you eat on your own country. Find the stores that can cater to your needs is really a relief. I also experience the same thing during my travels. Although the thought of trying the local foods excite me, sometimes I still look for the foods which are already familiar to me.

  5. So great to know! Love that you give so many different options. Sometimes I go visit my aunt and uncle in Sydney and I totally know what you mean when you say American peanut butter!

  6. Oohhh.. cool tips! I always think that a taste from home can be a really good cure if your are homesick and all that. I’m sure a lot of expats or expats-to-be will find this very helpful indeed!

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