Barbados is a beautiful island located in the Caribbean that’s 21 miles long and 14 miles wide, or as the locals say, 21 miles long and a smile wide.
The island is rich in culture and flavour, as it boasts both Spanish and British influences. And while Barbados is now celebrating its 50th year of independence, you can still spot some remnants of the colonization throughout.
Barbados is divided into 11 parishes and boasts a lush interior and a stunning coastline that can be seen in all but two of the towns. Simply put, this Bajan beauty won’t disappoint the traveller looking for a beach built for rest and relaxation, or someone looking to add some spice in their life.
If you’re headed to this sunny spot anytime soon, make sure to jot down a few of our favourite places to grab a Bajan bite.
1/ Cutters of Barbados
Crane Beach, St. Philip Barbados (+246) 423 0611
If you’re looking to sample the best rum punch on the island or indulge in an otherworldly flying fish sandwich, you’ve come to the right place. Owned and operated by Roger and Kim, this locals secret is quickly becoming a tourist attraction, and for good reason.
Whether you’re looking for a classic Bajan meal, or you’re looking to experience the culture, Cutters of Barbados has it all. And while this deli is only a few steps away from The Crane Resort, the warm staff at Cutters will personally deliver your meal to you while you lounge on the beach for free.
Just make sure to pop in on Sundays from 1:00 – 3:00PM for live music, dancing and of course a memorable meal.
2/ Surfer’s Bay Beach Bar & Restaurant
Green Garden Bay, Landsdown, Christ Church, Barbados (+246) 262 5483
For an impossibly perfect meal with a view, book a table at Surfer’s Bay Beach Bar & Restaurant. Sit back and watch the kite surfers go by, as you snack on a quintessential Bajan breakfast.
Since this restaurant is slightly off the beaten path, it has remained one of the best-kept secrets in Barbados. Make sure to look for signs that direct you to the hotel from Oistins Town and prepare for colourful homes, surfboard shacks and a beach so beautiful you could cry.
3/ The Atlantis Hotel
Tent Bay, St. Joseph Barbados (+246) 433 9445
Nestled within the rugged coastline of Barbados, the drive to The Atlantis Hotel is almost as epic as the meal itself.
If you’re looking for a traditional West Indian meal, this restaurant with panoramic ocean views has your name all over it. Come with a big appetite, as this lunch buffet serves up the best that Barbados has to offer every Wednesday to Sunday. And if you’re looking just to sip on some coffee and watch the waves roll on by, their breakfast offering is just as tantalizing.
Since this is the first hotel to exist on the East Coast of Barbados, prepare to bask in history, while you devour the traditional taste of the island.
4/ The Crane Resort
St. Philip, Barbados (+246) 423 6220
Located on the world-famous Crane Beach, this resort is brimming with beauty at every turn. With rooms bringing you closer to island life, to several restaurants featuring the best of Bajan cuisine, indulging in every form is almost too easy here.
The Crane has several restaurants to choose from, including Zagat-rated Japanese food at Zen, fresh seafood served with a side of splashing waves at L’Azure, and Southern Italian at D’Onofrio’s located in The Crane Village.
While it’s nearly impossible to choose a favourite, the best breakfasts we ever had was at L’Azure. Between the birds chirping, to the open air restaurant that encouraged both people and wave watching, our morning routine will never be the same.
Skeets Hill, Christ Church Barbados (+246) 434 3463
If you’re aching for something a bit more elevated, the fine dining experience at Champers is calling your name.
Between the bright sunset facade that cannot be missed, to the sounds of splashing waves as you dine, this experience cannot be replicated. This romantic meal on the water’s edge truly epitomizes island life, and will leave you wanting more.
Make sure to order up one of their fresh seafood dishes, our personal favourite is the Parmesan Crusted Barracuda, served with mash, seasonal veggies, and a truly delectable whole grain mustard sauce.