Barbados is a true tropical island paradise. Think stunning blonde beaches lapped by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, year-round sunshine and rum punch! However, Barbados’ appeal is far wider than this with its colonial heritage and rugged natural scenery. A winning combination of the exotic and the familiar, Barbados and its local culture is unique and intriguing.
And local culture for many of us means food! Gathering with loved ones in beautiful surroundings sharing delicious food is a perfect way to make lasting memories. Why not be experimental with your family and try out some new spices, a locally caught fish or tasty West Indian curry? It’s all part of the delicious Caribbean cuisine you can find in Barbados.
Here is a small snapshot into some of the most vibrant and popular hotspots for stunning Bajan cuisine, which come recommended by travellers and locals alike.
Where? St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church
This family-owned hidden gem will welcome you with open arms and give you an authentic and homely culinary experience making you feel like you’re part of the community. The homemade waffles, omelettes and paninis come highly recommended and are served by happy and loving people who will make you want to return time and time again.
Where? 2nd Street Holetown, St James
This larger establishment still holds the same friendly and relaxed atmosphere whilst offering guests culinary treats of huge proportions! Booking your table here is essential but this place is a must for those who love sushi (Nishi also offers a huge range of delectable Asian and Caribbean dishes to cater to those who don’t love sushi!). This brilliant west coast restaurant encompasses traditional Bajan culture by remaining a warm and friendly hub of fantastic food and company which you and your family will love.
Where? Holetown, St James
If you’re looking for not only excellent food but also a memorable experience then look no further than The Tides Restaurant on the water’s edge of Barbados’ west coast. The culinary works of art here complement the breath-taking surroundings allowing you to enjoy a truly remarkable dining experience. The Tides is well-known for its fish dishes, superb service and ambience so why not indulge in some rich flavours and find out just how blue the Caribbean Sea is at the same time?
The Castaways Bar & Grill
Where? St Lawrence Gap, Worthing, Christ Church
Indulge in views across the picturesque St. Lawrence Bay and lose yourself in a magical sunset whilst enjoying a delicious meal with your loved ones. Happy hour is between 5pm and 6.30pm so you can enjoy the unique sunset views with a drink – bliss! Offering classic and inventive cocktails this chic and laid-back setting is perfect for night owls looking for a relaxing place to enjoy a drink or two whilst watching the kids enjoy themselves on the beachfront.
Where? Wesley House, Bay Street, Bridgetown
Art Taylor, the owner of Lobster Alive, has a small single engine Cherokee aircraft which he flies to the holding tank on Bequia Island. He returns to Barbados with the lobsters dry, just in time, to a huge distribution tank at the restaurant – a very impressive sight! Enjoy fresh lobster, great jazz music and a warm atmosphere at Lobster Alive, a highly recommended restaurant to add to your list. Not forgetting the stunning south coast views across the beach; the perfect scenery to go with your sensational Caribbean cuisine.
Here, we’ve chosen a few of the restaurants we think you and your family should try while you’re in Barbados. We know that there are many more places to try though! Where else should we eat when we’re next in Barbados? Let us know in the comments below!