The most important tip I can give you on Saint Lucia 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 Saint Lucia, 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 Saint Lucia
St Lucian food consists mainly of fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and a variety of curry, jerk, rice and stewed dishes. The coal pot is a delicious stew, traditional to native carib cultures and can be found at many local restaurants in Castries, Soufriere and Vieux-Fort. Vegetarian and meat rotis can be found at a number of small local restaurants.
Ask any local for the best roti shop and he or she will tell you how to get there. Rotis are usually made fresh in the morning so, if eating a spicy early lunch is of interest, it’s highly recommended. Local cuisine is prepared throughout the island so, depending on where you are staying, ask a local if he or she knows someone/somewhere that prepares local food and you will be sure to be welcomed somewhere nearby. Many rum shacks in rural towns also prepare food if given advanced notice. Fish, veggie, chicken and goat meals are very common and usually come with a number of sides including salad, plantain, breadfruit, macaroni, and rice prepared a number of different ways. For a quick snack, barbeques with chicken and pork can be found in any community on a Friday night.
The food is well marinated and spiced. Soak up the sauce with a barbequed or fried bake. Fried chicken and fish can also be found, and are quite delicious. There are weekly parties and festivals held in various communities throughout the island where you can also sample a range of local foods, including sea food, barbequed meats, salads and drinks. These festivals are filled with dancing, drinks, food and music. Let your hair down, try some cuisine and lime it up. Be sure to ask what is in the pots before you sample the food. For those environmentally conscious, blackfish is porpoise.
Friday night: Anse La Raye “Seafood Friday” Friday night:Gros Islet Jump-up Every Second Saturday: Canaries Creole Pot Saturday: Dennery (East coast) Fish Fry Eat International Rodney Bay is full of people from all over the world and the restaurants reflect the diversity. You can find a variety of cuisines, from East Indian to Italian including local dishes of course, in a small area.
What to Drink in Saint Lucia
The legal drinking/purchasing age of alcoholic beverages is 18. Laws regarding alcoholic beverages are not strict, as there are no severe penalties for underage drinking. St. Lucia has fantastic Rum Punch. It’s hard to go wrong. Highly recommended: Chairman’s Reserve (cask-aged dark rum) Crystal Lime (clear rum infused with lime) Admiral Rodney (the world’s number one selling rum) Bounty Rum Most bars will have both, even at the smaller resorts.
In addition to rums, Piton Lager beer is brewed and bottled on the island and is quite good (although it has a slightly higher alcohol content than most American beers). It’s usually offered in eight ounce bottles, often for $1 US. Also seen in coolers: Heineken, Champagne, Wine, Water, Coke (usually USD1)
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