Explore

The Best Street Food And Rum Shops In Barbados

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

Share

If ordering your favorite rum with a side of traditional Bajan street food and lively local conversation sound like your version of paradise, then check out these favorite spots across the island that will have you basking in local traditions.

Rum Shops

It’s a Bajan ritual to ‘lime’ (Caribbean slang meaning to chill out and relax) at a rum shop. The rum shop is where people from every social and ethnic background go to socialize and discuss everything under the sun. As the name suggests, rum shops mainly sell rum and other alcoholic beverages, as well as local food. With over 1,500 rum shops throughout the island, here are some of the local favorites:

RELATED: 10 Fascinating Facts About Barbados

Mike’s Chicks & Bar – Cnr. Chapel Gap and Two Mile Hill, St Michael

Mustor’s Bar – McGregor Street, Bridgetown, St Michael

Old City Bar – Palmetto Street, Bridgetown, St Michael

Yellow Bird Bar – Dunlow Lane, Bridgetown, St Michael

Super Q (formerly the De Port Hole) – Fontabelle/Cheapside, Bridgetown, St Michael

Pink Star – Baxter’s Road, Bridgetown area, St. Michael

Sawh’s Bar – Westbury Road, St. Michael

Sawh’s Bar – Eagle Hall, St Michael

R A Mapp Bar – Eagle Hall, St Michael

Birds Nest Bar – Bay Street, St Michael

The Bush Bar – Pile Bay, St Michael (off Spring Garden Highway)

Fredericka’s Rum Shop – Corner Chelsea Rd & Dalkeith Rd, St Michael

Street Food

Local Bajan street food includes large portions of fish cutters, rice and peas, jerk chicken and mac pie. Although the best place to grab street food in Barbados is said to be the food stalls outside Paynes Bay Church, here are some other local favorites and what you must try.

Cou cou and Flying Fish at Brown Sugar

Head to Brown Sugar to try the national dish of Barbados, Cou cou and Flying Fish is made with cornmeal grain and fresh okra, accompanied by stewed flying fish prepared with fresh onion, garlic, thyme, tomatoes, and pepper.

Cutter at Cuz Fish Shack or Cutters Deli

Cuz Fish Shack or Cutters Deli serves some of the best cutters on the island. The Bajan cutter includes a delicious salt bread with your choice of filling – egg, fish, cheese, ham, pork – all served with a few drops of Bajan Pepper Sauce.

RELATED: Must-Try Signature Cocktails Throughout The Caribbean

Fishcakes at Hot Legendary Fishcakes

Perhaps the most popular food in Barbados, fish cakes can be found on all menus – from 5-star restaurants to street-side vendors, but Hot Legendary Fishcakes is a good place to start. Fishcakes are a savory mix of salted codfish and local herbs and spices, deep-fried to perfection.

For an exclusive guide to where to eat, what to do and what events to attend in Barbados, click here to join Travel Noire Plus, your key to all popular travel destinations.

Share
Travel Noire

Leah Freeman-Haskin

Want more?

Get exclusive, unpublished tips from Travel Noire's CEO to help you get off the beaten path, into the hearts of locals and onto a better, more cultured life.

Start Planning Now If You Want To Experience Carnival In These 15 Caribbean Countries

Start Planning Now If You Want To Experience Carnival In These 15 Caribbean Countries

Carnival in the Caribbean is like no other party experience in the world. People from all over the world gather to celebrate, whine, and drink from dusk till’ dawn and throughout the day. During Carnival season, you’ll experience the true essence of West Indian culture through music, dance, and contagious vibrant energy.  The first Carnival […]

Kelsey Marie

6 Activities In Barbados That Will Make Your Vacation With The Fam One For The Books

6 Activities In Barbados That Will Make Your Vacation With The Fam One For The Books

It’s that time of the year when work begins to slow down and spending quality time with our loved ones becomes a priority. Family vacations can be a great way to catch up with everyone, bond and just have fun together. If you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation spot this season, consider visiting Barbados.  This […]

Kelsey Marie

10 Money Factors To Consider When Traveling To The Caribbean

10 Money Factors To Consider When Traveling To The Caribbean

One of the confusing parts of traveling is figuring out the monetary customs in foreign countries. Would businesses accept the American dollar? Can I use my credit card everywhere? Do I need to exchange cash prior to my flight or can I exchange after landing? These are all common questions that come to mind when […]

Kelsey Marie