Every Caribbean island has its share of great eateries. But if you’re visiting a Caribbean destination solely for food, you generally like to have a high concentration of restaurants all within a short radius. So we thought we’d put together this year’s ranking of the 10 best cities in the Caribbean for food (as opposed to a list of best islands for food, which might look a bit different). These cities are culinary metropoles; foodie destinations in their own right.
1. Port of Spain, Trinidad
The diverse roots of Trinidad and Tobago have had a great deal of impact on the foods you will find on the islands. With influences for the Dutch, British, French, African, and Indian, the foods have evolved into a gastronomical smorgasbord of flavors.
Top Restaurants: BUZO Osteria Italiana, Prime, and Chaud
2. San Juan, Puerto Rico
Eating in Puerto Rico is sure to lure you away from the kitchen in your villa. There are so many restaurants you’ll be hard-pressed to decide where to go next. With its strong Spanish influence, much of the local fare in Puerto Rico is spicy in nature.
Top Restaurants: Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar, Café Cola’o, and Punto de Vista
3. Kingston, Jamaica
For a night you’ll never forget, try some Jamaican fare beside the backlit waterfalls at The Ruins, or go native at Bibibips with authentic Jamaican food served to the beat of live reggae music. You can find food options from nearly every ethnicity in and around Jamaica, and prices to accommodate every pocketbook.
Top Restaurants: Devon House I-Scream, Terra Nova Hotel Restaurant, and EITS Café
4. Fort de France, Martinique
The cuisine on Martinique can be both satisfyingly traditional, with herb seasoned French foods, and also compellingly innovative, with inventive chefs blending European, Asian, and African influences into mouth watering Creole creations. Traditional French delicacies such as caviar and foie gras are prepared along with steak with a bordelaise sauce (a beef or veal and red wine sauce) and fine French wine.
Top Restaurants: Bacchus Bar, La Cave a Vin and Garage Popular
5. Kralendijk, Bonaire
Dining on Bonaire provides a wide variety of cultural experiences. The Dutch brought the European flavors of smoked meats and wonderful cheeses. And not to be left out, Surinam, a former Dutch colony, mixed in the great flavors of Dutch Indonesia, as well as Chinese, Indian, Thai, and African. All these combine to make local dining spicy, rich, and unusual.
Top Restaurants: Casablanca, Bistro De Paris and Cactus Blue
6. Nassau, Bahamas
Dining in the Bahamas is as diverse as the islands themselves. Low-key beachfront dives cater to barefoot, swimsuit-clad guests, while upscale restaurants have some of the finest dining in the Caribbean. You can run out on the sands and grab a casual bite to eat. With tastes and flavors ranging from Caribbean to European to American, every palate will be satisfied, and there are also plenty of opportunities for trying new and exciting flavors.
Top Restaurants: Bahama Grill, Café Matisse and Athena Café & Bar
7. Christiansted, St Croix
Downtown Christiansted and the Christiansted boardwalk are renowned throughout the Caribbean as a haven for foodies. Here you’ll find the largest and most diverse concentration of restaurants and bars. On St Croix dining is a leisurely experience and food is meant to be savored. Following your meal, bar hop along the boardwalk and enjoy the views and the fresh salty air.
Top Restaurants: Galangal, Jaccar Organic & Natural Sorbets and Tavern 1844
8. Willemstad, Curacao
Dine beneath the boughs of magnificent old trees, on the terraces of restored mansions and plantation houses, or on the ramparts of 18th-century forts. Curacaoans partake of generally outstanding fare, with representation from a remarkable smattering of ethnicity.
Top Restaurants: The Wine Cellar, Mangos and Restaurant Rozendaels
9. Grand Case, Saint Martin
If you want stupendous French food, head to the tiny surprise of Grand Case in St. Martin. This quiet town looks like absolutely nothing when you drive through it. Half of the restaurants are located directly over the beach (the others are across the street with no view at all), so your views are stunning if choose to dine on that side of the street.
Top Restaurants: Bistrot Caraibes, L’Auberge Gourmande and La Villa Restaurant
10. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
The city’s culinary repertoire includes Spanish, Italian, Middle Eastern, Indian, Japanese, and nueva cocina Dominicana(contemporary Dominican cuisine). If seafood is on the menu, it’s bound to be fresh. Some of the best restaurant choices are not in the tourist zones but in the business districts of the modern city and in the upscale residential neighborhoods where the wealthy capitaleños reside.
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