If tantalizing your taste buds and indulging in unique and delicious cuisine is your idea of a dream vacation, then you must be a foodie. With our top picks for best vacations for foodies you will want to clear your palette and prepare for extreme flavour.
St. Martin – St. Maarten
A blend of, French, Dutch and Creole cuisines makes St. Martin one of our top picks for best destinations for foodies. With over 400 restaurants ranging from lolos (beachfront and roadside eateries) to gourmet French restaurants the selection will make you think you’ve gone to foodie heaven.
Le Tastevin is a waterfront restaurant in Grand Case that serves classic French cuisine and has a wine list of more than 200 vintages – mainly French, but also Italian, Spanish and New World. Favourites here include rack of lamb in a spiced Moroccan sauce, followed by vanilla profiteroles with warm chocolate sauce – decadent. Hidden Forest Café is located in a zipline station at the base of a mountain in Loterie Farm. This open-air spot serves tasty tropical dishes including a curry chicken salad – piled high with succulent chicken and crispy greens; it’s garnished with raisins, shredded coconut, mango chutney and sliced bananas. Most lolos serve traditional Caribbean barbeque, which is almost always outstanding, and a dining experience not to missed.
Whether it’s flying fish sandwiches, macaroni pie or pepper sauce, Barbados is a delight for the taste buds and is sure to satisfy every foodie. Barbados makes our list of best vacation for foodies because the Bajan cuisine combines African, Caribbean, West Indian and European flavours to create unique and delicious tastes.
Oistins Fish Fry is a must. Locals and visitors gather on Friday nights to indulge in delicious food cooked on grills as you watch. If you are looking for more formal dining, the choices are endless. From sautéed bay scallops, lightly spiced and served with a cauliflower cream, to melt-in-your-mouth desserts, The Tides Restaurant is elegant and provides a seaside setting. Or perhaps something like grilled swordfish, seasoned with a Thai yellow curry sauce, is what you’re craving, then try The Cliff Restaurant in St. James Parish.
From backyard casual to fine dining there are more places to indulge in the tastes of Barbados than you could possibly try in one vacation.
Making our list of best destinations for foodies is Curaçao; the cuisine is diverse, eclectic and incredibly delicious. With a population made up of more than 55 nationalities; restaurants and eateries range from French and Dutch to Brazilian, Indonesian, and Japanese, among others. Sidewalk cafes, gourmet restaurants and snack shacks offer international and local dishes that are sure to fuel your inner foodie, stimulating your taste buds and have you coming back for more.
All the flavours of the globe are represented on this island. At Bistro le Clochard, a formal French-and-Swiss restaurant with a Caribbean twist, crepes stuffed with seafood ragout are best enjoyed on the waterfront balcony. Or visit the open-air Old Market, where vendors grill chicken, fish, and goat for lunch. The options are endless and the tastes are amazing. You must not leave Curaçao without sampling local delicacies such as iguana stew or Keshi yená.
[photo credit: Cayman Islands Department of Tourism]
Grand Cayman makes our list of best destinations for foodies because it offers a unique food culture with a mix of British, Jamaican, and Central American influences. Popular chefs from the U.S. such as Eric Ripert and Michael Schwartz create a range of options for foodies from local casual fare to fine Italian dining. Some island delights you must try are fried land crab, corn bread with custard, and a cake made from coconut, cassava, sugar and spice.
If you love lobster, Deckers Grill’s signature dish, is rich lobster mac ’n cheese, baked golden brown with four types of cheeses. Vivine’s Kitchen in the quiet Gun Bay area of East End serves up local Caymanian fare by the sea that is tasty, and easy on your wallet. Enjoy lunch with the locals on a picnic table at the open-air Old Market, where vendors grill chicken, fish, and goat. Grand Cayman’s culinary scene will please every foodie.