With over one hundred exquisite restaurants on the island, there are Bajan delicacies and street food to suit every taste. This is the year of culinary experiences so it’s worth noting that Barbados is not only considered the birthplace of rum, but also the culinary capital of the Caribbean.
There’s something to suit every taste, but you’ll find the best seafood in Oistins Fish Fry. You can watch the fish being brought in fresh from the harbour and cooked right in front of you. If you visit on a weekend, you’ll also be able to enjoy the bustling market and dance arm in arm with the locals to the sweet sound of Calypso music from the 50s, 60s and 70s – what better way to work up an appetite?
Spice Spice Baby
If local delicacies like flying fish, swordfish, tuna, lobster and shrimp aren’t for you, sample some Pepperpot (a spicy stew) and Jug-Jug (a mixture of guinea corn and green peas). You can also enjoy more familiar international dishes and Caribbean food in any of the Zagat rated establishments. Those more adventurous should hit Baxter’s Road near Bridgetown for some flavourful street food.
Food For Thought
For dinner and a view, head to The Cliff or Cin Cin or The Animal Flower Cave Restaurant. All the latter are perched on clifftops above the sea. If heights aren’t your thing, try more casual beachfront shacks like Bombas, Bo’s Plaice and JuJus.
Whether you want to drink it on the rocks, or within a cocktail, you’ll be able to wash all the tasty food down with a glass, or three, of the local rum. The island is full of talented mixologists, especially during the Food and Rum Festival. You can even trace the history of Mount Gay Rum at the distillery and learn from the best.