Barbados seems to have it all: white sand beaches ringed by azure blue water, a vibrant culture, thriving capital city and beautiful warm weather. It’s no wonder more than half a million tourists flock to this Lesser Antilles island every year in search of sun, sand and surf. What makes Barbados a cut above the rest though, is the quality, choice and variety of places to eat out.
No other island in the Caribbean can match the food scene here. From high-end, upmarket cuisine on the posh West Coast, to local Bajan dishes from shacks on the beach in the South and East, there’s nothing quite like dining in Barbados. When you head out, prices will be in Barbados dollars, so before you choke on your rum punch while perusing the menu, keep in mind that 2$ Barbados dollars are equal to 1$ US dollar.
Champers is consistently considered one of the top restaurants on the South Coast. They not only offer stunning views of the ocean from the open-air terrace and gazebo, but reasonably priced dishes, excellent food and generous portions. Open for both lunch and dinner, their relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere along with fresh seafood and sweeping views make Champers one of the most sophisticated casual dining destinations on the island.
Cin Cin by The Sea
The latest Bajan hot spot, Cin Cin is definitely the cool place be on the West Coast and feels like a little piece of South Beach in Barbados. With its air-conditioned inner dining area that gives way to an outer terrace overlooking the sea, there’s also a stunning bar-lounge for drinks and light snacks. The executive chef, Larry Rogers, is well known on the island and gives his Mediterranean menu a Caribbean twist. To be Cin Cin chic comes at a price though, so ready your wallet.
For a uniquely Barbadian experience, make the trip to the scenic East Coast and head to The Cove. Run out of her charming home, award-winning Caribbean cookbook writer Laurel Ann Morely lovingly prepares traditional island dishes for the lunchtime crowds. With the help of her family, enjoy crab backs, flying fish, chicken curry and rum raisin bread on the verandah overlooking Cattlewash Beach. For a taste of true comfort cooking in a relaxed, informal setting The Cove will not disappoint.
If you’ve ever wondered where all the rich and famous like to eat in Barbados, the answer is The Cliff. A high end dining experience like no other in the Caribbean (and possibly the world), this dramatic restaurant is nestled into the side of a cliff overlooking the pristine coastal shore so that every single candlelit table has an incredible view. For guests arriving to eat by yacht, there are steep steps that wind their way up to the restaurant from the beach. The staff attentively takes care of every whim and the food is a cut above anything else on the island. Chef Paul Owens and his team of 12 sous-chefs produce a set menu using only the finest ingredients available, for a meal you won’t soon forget.
Hidden on the island’s West Coast, Ju-Ju’s is one of Barbados’ best-kept secrets. Great food, fresh seafood and a totally relaxed beach bar vibe makes this the perfect spot for a drink by the ocean, a mid day snack or a fun, casual meal. With a chalkboard menu of their daily specials, you’ll find the affordable dishes at Ju-Ju’s perfect to enjoy with a glass of rum punch or a local Banks beer. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit for a quick dip while you sit back and enjoy the view.
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