The Cost of Food in Samoa: Restaurant & Grocery Prices
The Cost of Food in Samoa: Restaurant & Grocery Prices

The Cost of Food in Samoa: Restaurant & Grocery Prices

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What are the Food Prices in Samoa?

Everyone’s got to eat! Whether you’re opting to self-cater or prefer to eat out, find out what to expect when it comes to the cost of food in Samoa with our food price list. We list the typical prices of food for restaurants, supermarkets and more.

Note that the food prices listed below are approximate and may change with the seasons, especially produce.

For more costs to consider for your trip to Samoa, head to How Much Does a Trip to Samoa Cost?

5 Ways to Save Money on Food

Before we jump into our Samoa food price list, here are some quick tips on saving money on food when visiting:

  1. Shop for produce at roadside fruit stands and local markets
  2. Pay with cash to avoid card fees
  3. Use a reusable purification water bottle instead of buying bottled water (we recommend Lifestraw Bottles)
  4. If staying at a beach fale, opt for meals included rather than eating out at resort restaurants
  5. Choose local, Asian or fried food rather than European dishes for cheaper meal prices.

For elaboration on all these tips and more, check out the 10 Ways to Save Money on Food in Samoa.

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The Cost of Eating Out in Samoa

Of course, you want to eat out at least a few times while you’re on holiday! Apia has a range of restaurants where both local and international cuisine is well-represented, while restaurants outside of the capital can mostly be found at resorts. We list some of the typical food prices at restaurants and cafes around the islands.

Restaurant Prices in Samoa

  • Main breakfast meal – ST$18-$35
  • Main lunch meal – ST$15-$40
  • Main dinner meal – ST$28-$90
  • Children’s menu meal – ST$15-$30
  • Fiafia night buffet and show – ST$50-$90
  • Small coffee – ST$8-$11
  • Bottle of beer – ST$6-$10
  • Bottle of wine – ST$75-$90
  • Cocktail – ST$10-$29
  • Mocktail/Smoothie – ST$15-$20
  • Soft drink – ST$4.50-$9

Food in the mid-range to fine dining price range can be found in The 20 Best Restaurants in Samoa and 5 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Samoa.

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The Cost of Food in Supermarkets in Samoa

If you’re staying in self-catering accommodation, then you can save money on food by making your own meals. To give you an idea of the cost of your grocery shopping in Samoa, here’s a quick rundown of common food items.

Supermarket/Grocery Prices in Samoa

  • 1.5 l (50 fl. oz) box of milk – ST$3-$5.50
  • 12 eggs – ST$5-$7
  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) rice – ST$6-$8
  • 500 g (1.1 lbs) pasta – ST$4.60-$5.50
  • A loaf of bread – ST$1.80-$2.40
  • 500 g (1.1 lbs) cheese – ST$22.50
  • 100 g (3 oz) dry-freeze coffee – ST$6.10-$28.50
  • Bag of chips – ST$3-$5.50
  • Can of coke – ST$2.50-$3
  • Box of cereal – ST$12.50-$20
  • 6 muesli bars – ST$7
  • 100 g (0.22 lbs) banana chips – ST$1
  • 500 g (1.1 lbs) jam – ST$4-$11
  • 220 g (0.5 lbs) baby food – ST$3.80
  • 1 l (34 fl. oz) bottled water – ST$2-$2.50
  • 1 l (34 fl. oz) local beer – ST$7

The Price of Fruit and Vegetables in Supermarkets in Samoa

  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of oranges – ST$11
  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of onions – ST$4-$7
  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of carrots – ST$6
  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of potatoes – ST$5

The Price of Meat in the Supermarkets in Samoa

  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of chicken thighs – ST$5
  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of beef mince – ST$13
  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of lamb – ST$17-$32
  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of sausages – ST$25
  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of rump steak – ST$27-$50

The Price of Toiletries at the Supermarkets in Samoa

  • Deodorant – ST$8
  • Shampoo – ST$5-$9
  • Toothpaste – ST$2.80-$3.50
  • Sunscreen – ST$20-$30
  • Insect repellent – ST$5-$10
  • Sanitary towels/pads – ST$3.70
  • Nappies/diapers – ST$29-$35

Note that tampons are not readily available in Samoa.

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The Cost of Food at Markets and Roadside Stalls in Samoa

Some of the cheapest produce and even meals can be found along the roadsides of Samoa, as well as markets in Apia and Salelologa. See all of the markets listed in the 8 Best Markets in Samoa while more information about roadside stalls can be found in A Guide to Supermarkets & Food Shopping in Samoa.

The Price of Fruit and Vegetables at Markets and Fruit Stalls in Samoa

Note that the disparity in the cost of the fruit is usually due to the size; the bigger the fruit the more expensive.

  • 1 bunch of bananas – ST$5-$10
  • 1 pineapple – ST$2-$5
  • 1 avocado – ST$2-$3
  • 1 bag of coconuts – ST$20

The Price of Meals at Markets and Roadside Stalls in Samoa

  • Palusami – ST$5
  • Fai’ai elegi – ST$5
  • Oka – ST$5
  • Cooked taro – ST$5
  • Cooked banana – ST$1
  • Niu (drinking coconut) – ST$2
  • BBQ (marinated chicken drumsticks with either taro, banana, rice and/or chop suey) – ST$10

Learn more about some of these Samoan meals in the 20 Foods to Try in Samoa and The Top Cheap Eats in Samoa.

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The Cost of Meals at Beach Fales

Note that if you are staying at a beach fale, you are likely to be provided meals from your accommodation host.

Some beach fales have a rate with no meals, which is usually ST$40-$50, while most have a rate with breakfast and dinner included, which is ST$70-$100. Therefore, for an extra ST$20-$60, you are getting two very substantial meals of typical Samoa fare. As beach fales are located away from cheaper dining alternatives aside from convenience stores, opting for beach fale meals is seen as a good deal.

Compare beach fales in the 20 Best Beach Fales in Samoa and learn more about the experience in our guide, Staying in a Beach Fale in Samoa + 10 Essential Tips!

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Cost of Food in Samoa

What are the questions that most travellers have about the cost of food in Samoa? They might help answer yours!

How Much Does a Coke Cost in Samoa?

A can of Coke in Samoa costs approximately ST$2.50-$3, which is equivalent to NZ$1.50-$1.80 or US$0.93-$1.12.

How Much is a Loaf of Bread in Samoa?

A loaf of bread in Samoa cost approximately ST$1.80-$2.40, which is equivalent to NZ$1.05-$1.40 or US$0.67-$0.90.

How Much is a Beer in Samoa?

A beer in Samoa costs approximately ST$6-$10 for a bottle from a bar or restaurant, while a 1 l (34 fl. oz) bottle of local beer from a supermarket is approximately ST$7.

What are the Prices of Fruit on the Roadside Stalls in Samoa?

Usually, once a car stops at a roadside stall in Samoa, a local will come out of a nearby fale (local house) to collect payment. However, since prices are rarely written, here is what you can expect: a bag/basket of 20 coconuts costs approximately ST$20, a large pineapple should go for about ST$5, so is a small cup of koko Samoa and a large bunch of local bananas costs around ST$10.

More About the Cost of Food in Samoa

Now that you know some of the common food, restaurant and grocery prices in Samoa, here are more guides to help you balance your travel budget:

Finally, plan your whole trip on a budget using The Backpacking & Budget Travel Guide to Samoa.

Author

Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of Samoa Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before settling in the South Pacific, so he knows a thing or two about planning the perfect trip in this corner of the world. Robin works and consults regularly with the Samoa Tourism Authority, a local government body representing the tourism industry. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides and is a regular host of webinars with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation.

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