If you’re new in Brisbane and missing your daily dose of Filipino products, you have to visit Best Friends Filipino Store inside McWhirters Centre, Fortitude Valley. I consider Best Friends to be the main Filipino Grocery Shop here in Brisbane. I’ve been shopping here since I was in high school and their old original site use to be located opposite the butcher shop where the fruit and vege shop is situated now. They started small and gradually through the years relocated 2x and expanded the size of the shop. Kainan sa Valley is their other venture that offers ready to eat Filipino food which is located in the Food Court.
What I love about this shop is that it is well lighted, clean and the products are all organised and priced. The shop owners are very down to earth, who actively supports Filipino activities around Brisbane. I go here regularly to replenish my depleted Filipino ingredients and treats.
For the newbies here in Brisbane and locals who are interested in checking this place, here’s my pics guided tour inside Best Friends Filipino Store=)
SAUCES, MARINADES AND CANNED PRODUCTS
SAVOURY CANNED PRODUCTS AND INSTANT DRINKS
ASSORTED FILIPINO SPREADS AND SWEET SNACKS FOR THE KIDS
ASSORTED FILIPINO BREADS FROM MANILA BAKEHOUSE
“LUCKY ME” ASSORTED INSTANT NOODLES IN A BOWL
DIFFERENT FILIPINO NOODLES
DRIED FISH FRIDGE
In their freezers they stock frozen Asian/Filipino fruits and vegetables, desserts, kakanins, boneless bangus, longganisa and beef tapa to name a few.
They have a huge range of different Filipino ketchup, fish sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, bagoong, halo-halo ingredients, Del Monte products and assorted tubs of biscuit/crackers.
ASSORTED FILIPINO PACKETS OF CHIPS/CRISP
PHILIPPINES LOCAL CHOCOLATES AND SWEETS
FILIPINO DVDs/VCDs AND CDs
They also sell beauty products, phone cards/mobile recharge, recipe books, Filipino soft drinks and Ice Cream. You will also find Calamansi, Balut and Salted Eggs (Itlog na maalat) near the counter when it’s available. There’s so much products on offer, you have to personally go there to explore it for yourself=)
Money Transfer and Door to Door Parcel to the Philippines are offered if you have relatives back in the Philippines.
LOCATION: BEST FRIENDS PHILIPPINES/ASIAN FOODS
Shop 20 McWhirters Centre
Brunswick Cnr Wickham Streets
FORTITUDE VALLEY QLD 4006
PH: (07) 3854 1462
FAX: (07) 3854 1418
F.Y.I~ I’m not related or connected to this business. This is one of my favourite shops that I frequently visit and the purpose of this post is to give you a sneak peek. We paid with our own TRIBE money for our foodie purchases. I’ve also asked permission from one of the owners (thanks Mrs de Chavez ) to take pictures inside their store, out of respect=)