Chain of stores purveying imported cheeses, olives and cold cuts, as well as staples like dried pasta, canned tomatoes (and beans) and cereal. Prices can be high for goods that can seem a bit shopworn. The Shunyi branch offers a small but constant “specials” section, which often features imported cookies and filter coffee.
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User reviews of April Gourmet 绿叶子食品店
I have been in Beijing long enough that this sort of thing shouldn't bother me but sometimes I just go nuts over how bad these places operate. I buy the same cheese every single time I go there so I know how much it is supposed to be. First I walk up to the cheese section in the cooler and it is a bloody mess. Cheese everywhere. I look for the cheese I like and it is labeled for sale at 31.90 but when I take it to the register it comes up as 43.90. Now, jack the price, fine, its their cheese, but label the cheese properly. When I ask where the price is located for this cheese on the shelf I get the standard "mei you". I pick up another cheese and ask how much this one is and... yep, mei you. In fact none of the cheese is labeled as it should be.
This is now what happens everytime I try to buy cheese there and I have asked them about this but of course I get a blank stare. I know I should just take my business elsewhere but they are the only ones that have some of the foreign foods I want and it is rght next to my place. I guess I shouldn't mind but I think this is company policy and they are trying to take advantage of customers that don't pay attention to every single item when it goes through the register. It is underhanded and I bet they do it on many products. I know this won't change anything and I should just shrug it off but I just don't feel like being ripped off today. Anyway, watch your purchases there as they are going to rip you off if you let them.
It took me some time to locate this . For over 3 months that I am back in Beijing after a stint abroad I was missing these stuff.
Good cheese, and many small things which feel at home. I find the prices reasonable and the staff is helpful.
Recommend this place for western daily life groceries and more.
When I discovered April Gourmet it was at the Xingfucun one by Chunxiu Lu I was the happiest man alive. I had been going to the Jenny Lou's (and getting brutally beaten in the wallet) once per month to pick up essentials. But now, I always go to Aprils. Its my first choice and it is my only choice. I have been so impressed with the customer service at their Dongsi shitiao branch and their other branch. Just last Christmas, one of the girls behind the counter, with a big smile on her face said "Merry Christmas, sir." Much of the staff doesn't speak English (I'm sorry, but you CANNOT expect them to, this is China, and I get very angry when I hear foreigners yelling at Chinese people to speak in English) but the ones that do always seem happy to at least make the effort and help you fumble through with Chinese (always a fun time for all).
I have NEVER had a bad customer service experience at any of the stores, I find many of the prices relatively comparable to back home (usually plus or minus about 50 cents to a dollar USD.) Of course, some of the stuff is obviously going to be more expensive than back home.
I'm actually so impressed that I can do two weeks of grocery shopping for myself and my flatmate (we split the bill) for a total of 800 (400 each). This is comparable to what I was paying for myself, maybe about 60-70rmb cheaper, back home in Massachusetts. I love April Gourmet, great quality, great service, friendly store environment. 5 stars.
P.S. I should mention I've never used the delivery service... I usually just take a taxi home. So, in-store experience is great, totally worth at least a visit. Delivery service, unfortunately I cannot offer too much in-put on that.
Whether you need a quick cereal or a Jam or any such product, you could find it has good variety.
Good brown breads, they also have some good cheese .
The store is spacious and clean and you would pick mostly what you wanted .
The staff is also friendly and helpful.