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Don't freak out over empty shelves at the supermarket. Here are all the alternatives.

You might have noticed that your local supermarket has become quite popular of late.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, panic buying has meant that it’s a little more difficult to do your weekly shop. And that’s if you’re able to go to the shops – something you’re probably trying to avoid if you’re practising social-distancing, in self-imposed quarantine or are immunocompromised.

But we have the solution. Delivery. If going in-store is no longer an option, there are Aussie businesses that will deliver goods to your doorstep.

Plus, it’s a great way to continue supporting local businesses who are struggling due to a loss in revenue.

From curated wines, to ready-to-go meal kits, to your morning coffee, here are some of our favourite retailers and businesses you can turn to in your hour of need.

Our very own Claire Murphy breaks down your most answered questions about COVID-19. Post continues below.

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Produce and ingredients.

Hello Fresh – Deliveries from Hello Fresh come with all the pre-measured ingredients required to cook a delicious meal. It’s like meal prep made very simple.

Youfoodz – If cooking really isn’t your thing, Youfoodz have done all the hard work for you. All you have to do is heat up your pre-prepared meal and then it’s bon appétit.

For people after fresh produce, consider going directly to the source. Sites like Pocket City Farms (Sydney), Nan and Pop’s Fruit Shop (QLD), Charlie’s Fruit Online (Brisbane)Fruit and Veg 2 U (Sydney) and Hillview Farms (Sydney) allow you to buy their produce from their website and offer either pickup or delivery options.

People living in Sydney, Greater Sydney and Newcastle regions can also use Your Food Collective which offers a comprehensive selection of fresh fruit and veggies, meat, dairy, pantry items and ready-made meals.

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Alcohol

Jimmy Brings (Sydney only) – they’ll deliver within 30 minutes and operate till midnight.

Gin Society (Australia wide) – because now is definitely the time to make a gin and tonic.

Good Pair Days – you can fill in a wine quiz and they’ll curate a selection based on your preferences.

Pyren Vineyard – just because you’re indoors doesn’t mean you can’t get your natural wine fix.

 

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Vinomofo – have access to a curated selection of wines from one of Australia’s biggest online wine sellers. They also offer a range of ‘black market’ wines which are sold for 50 per cent of their market price, the only catch is that you won’t know what brand of wine you’re buying until you open it up yourself.

Bucket Boys – beer drinkers rejoice. Bucket Boys offers a range of craft beers and ciders, as well as a smaller selection of spirits and wines.

The Everleigh Bottle Co. – You can either order singular cocktails or gift sets complete with a delivery of ice and bar tools, this Melbourne-based set up will deliver you pre-mixed classics like Martinis, Negronis, Manhattans and Old Fashioneds.

In light of recent self isolation rules which have closed countless pubs, bars and clubs and restricted restaurants and cafes to takeaway only, some venues have begun delivering booze – yes, including cocktails. In NSW, all venues with a liquor licence will be able to deliver alcohol, with Sydney’s Dulcie’s in Kings Cross and The Rio in Summer Hill already taking part.

 

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Coffee 

Lune Croissants (Melbourne only) – Melbourne residents can still get their croissant fix. The makers of the internationally renowned pastries (no really, even the New York Times thinks so) will deliver you a box of croissant and coffee grounds or beans.

 

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Shortstop (Sydney and Melbourne) – because now is precisely the time for doughnuts.

Depending on your address, standard food delivery apps like Menulog, Deliveroo and UberEats are also still in operation. Otherwise, several restaurants across Australia have also implemented their own delivery and takeaway menus, which customers can order directly via phone or through their website.

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You can also check out Gourmet Traveller’s comprehensive list of Australian eateries adapting their service around the coronavirus pandemic.

How can I continue supporting other small businesses and independent retailers?

We’re so glad you asked.

If you find yourself with some time to spare, scroll through the hashtag #marketdayathome for a range of artisan and handmade goods.

Otherwise a lot of small businesses are still operating through their online websites. Local bookstores like Squishy Minnie, Sun Book Shop and Kinokuniya are offering delivery options, so you can blast through your self-isolation to-read pile.

Plus, for some of our favourite female-owned Lady Startups, head to our Instagram @ladystartups.

 

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These beauties are created by Jo @hoorayhoop have been restocked at @jadeandmay ???? We’re SO in love!

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What are your favourite delivery services? Have we left some out? Tell us in a comment below.

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