American expat Sophia Kim gives verdict on Australian supermarkets Woolworths, Harris Farm and Aldi

An American bikini designer living in Sydney has offered her honest opinion on Australia’s supermarkets – describing Woolworths ‘basic’ while Harris Farm offers a ‘nicer’ shopping experience.

Sophia Kim, who moved Down Under from California, Los Angeles in February 2020, shared a TikTok video comparing some of the nation’s supermarket chains to the grocery stores in her home country. 

‘Obviously, the produce in Australia is a lot better in general. The fruits and vegetables are much better and fresher,’ the 29-year-old expat explained.

She said Woolworths reminded her of Ralphs, an American supermarket chain in Southern California.

‘Here’s my opinion… It has the staples, it has the basic groceries that is nothing fancy but you just go there to get what you need… It’s like mediocre,’ Sophia said.

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American expat Sophia Kim (pictured) has shared her verdict on Australia's supermarkets - describing Woolworths 'basic' while Harris Farm offers a 'nicer' shopping experience

American expat Sophia Kim (pictured) has shared her verdict on Australia’s supermarkets – describing Woolworths ‘basic’ while Harris Farm offers a ‘nicer’ shopping experience

Her favourite grocery store is Harris Farm, which offers fresh fruits, vegetables, and gourmet ingredients.  

‘I love Harris Farm, it’s amazing. I would say Harris Farm is fantastic and it’s a lot like Trader Joe’s,’ Sophia said.

‘You go there to get some extra special things. It’s just a lot nicer to shop in. The experience is just clean and fresh – it’s fun.’

Her video has been viewed more than 40,000 times, with many asking her opinion on other supermarket chains such as Aldi, IGA and Coles. 

Despite her honest review in the video, Sophia said she actually preferred Woolworths over Coles.

‘I’m a Woolies gal… Woolies all the way,’ she said, joking: ‘Coles suck.’ 

The 29-year-old bikini designer shared a TikTok video comparing some of the nation's supermarket chains to the grocery stores in her home country

The 29-year-old bikini designer shared a TikTok video comparing some of the nation’s supermarket chains to the grocery stores in her home country

While she said she personally thought Aldi was ‘terrible’.

‘I’ll never forget the one time I went to Aldi and kept pulling on the chained up shopping carts, not understanding why I couldn’t get a cart… They require $2 coins,’ she said, laughing.

Sophia added: ‘IGA is cool. The IGA Locali in Sydney’s CBD is by far the best grocery store in Sydney.’

Many Australians responded to her video, saying they never heard of Harris Farm, which only has 25 stores in New South Wales and one in Brisbane. 

‘As an Australian, what is Harris Farm?’, one woman wrote, while another said: ‘What is Harris Farm? I’ve lived in Australia for all my life and never heard of it.’

While one person added: ‘I can’t believe all these Aussies who are missing out on Harris Farm… It’s the best place.’

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