The most important tip I can give you on Guyana local food, and the only one that will make you elevate from being a tourist to becoming a real traveler immersed in the local culture, is “Stay away from McDonalds“. When visiting Guyana, there is awesome local food to try. Head to the local eateries too, and go where the locals go. For me, the food, wine and and even the water is part of the travel experience.
What to Eat in
Guyanaese food, like the entire country, is a creole fusion. If there’s a controlling cuisine, it is dishes influenced by the Indian subcontinent that have been localized. The most prominent of these are the curries, especially chicken, pork, beef, pumpkin and eggplant. Larger roti shops and those by the sea will have shrimp, crab and other seafoods.
Curries are traditionally served with roti, an Indian bread, or rice. Other local dishes include pepperpot. Chinese restaurants are also common, with noodle dishes such as chow mein and lo mein along with meat and rice dishes. The growing Brazilian population have led to several outdoor BBQ restaurants and churrascarias opening in the capital and near the border in Lethem.
Georgetown has a greater variety of food options than elsewhere in the country, which include a couple of steakhouses, upscale colonial dining, European fare and proper Indian food. In smaller towns, there may only be restaurants serving a creole menu of a few dishes, which almost always includes a curry or two and a noodle dish. In jungle lodges, the food can be limited to tinned goods and rice, along with whatever can be caught or grown locally. Omwattie Ritoe, Amaliadwaarstraat (Netherland), ? 030-8777404
What to Drink in Guyana
The most popular drink is dark rum. Some national favorites are XM 10 Year Old, El Dorado and X-tra Mature. El Dorado offers a 15 year old variety which has won the “Best Rum in the World” award since 1999. All are quality enough to drink neat or by themselves with the 25 year-old comparing with high-quality scotch. Banks Beer is the national beer.
It comes in a lager and a stout. Also available is the lighter Carib beer (Trinidadian), darker Mackeson’s and Heineken Guinness is brewed locally under license and is a bit sweeter than its Irish counterpart, but just as good. Polar (Venezuelan) and Skol (Brazilian) can be found randomly throughout the country. You can also find Heineken and Corona at some bars in Georgetown. For non-alcoholic drinks. Some of the local beverages can be found in the list below: Mauby is a local drink commonly available around the country.
It is a tree bark-based drink, some say it tastes similar to Root Beer. To many, it is an acquired taste due to it’s bitter aftertaste. It’s very refreshing and delicious. Coconut water and cane juice are other common local drink Sorrel, a sweet dark pink beverage made from the Roselle plant
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