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Food & Dining in St Lucia


The majority of restaurants in St Lucia are concentrated in the tourist areas, namely in and around Castries, Soufrière, Rodney Bay, and Gros Islet. Establishments are sparse on the eastern coast of the island, and the terrain becomes inaccessible north of Dennery. Expect to find all types of food in the tourist areas, from pizza and fast food to Asian, Creole, Indian, Mexican and Nouveau American cuisine. Barbecue, drinks and fruit can be purchased at vendors, although you should be sure that the fruit is both peeled and washed for health reasons.

Traditional Caribbean cuisine exhibits a melting pot of national influences. African, Native American, French, Indian and Spanish flavours could all make appearances on a restaurant menu. As a general rule, the Spanish influence on cuisine is more evident among the northern islands, closer to Cuba, while dishes in St Kitts and Trinidad & Tobago in the south more closely resemble a traditional Indian or African fare. St Lucia adds to the mix a French-influenced Creole flare where seafood gumbos and Cajun grilled meats are reminiscent of Louisiana-style cooking in the United States.

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, barbecued meats, salads and drinks. These festivals are filled with dancing, drinks, food and music.

Places to Dine


As in much of the Caribbean, many noteworthy restaurants are attached to hotels and cater to wealthy tourists. In full embrace of the expectations of these island visitors, the restaurants will often include warm and relaxing amenities. Castries is home to the Coal Pot. The Coal Pot is an upscale restaurant right on the waterfront serving a combination of French and Caribbean cuisine. It is ideal for honeymooning couples.

Restaurant de Palétuvier is an excellent choice for upscale Caribbean cuisine. The restaurant is attached to J.J.'s Paradise Hotel, a charming inn overlooking Marigot Bay. J.J. is the nickname of chef-owner Gérard Félix, a man who certainly knows how to treat fish, shellfish, steak and chicken with finesse.

As St Lucia's largest district and the home of its capital city, the list of dining establishments in Castries could go on and on. However, this overview would not be complete without mentioning Jacques Waterfront Dining. While the cuisine is defined as French-Caribbean fusion, Chef Jacques has travelled all over the world and uses many eclectic flavours and influences in his cuisine.

Gros Islet

Gros Islet in northern St Lucia is home to Rodney Bay, an extremely popular area for drinking, dining and nightlife. Therefore it is no surprise that Gros Islet is home to a plethora of diverse restaurants and bars. The Captain's Cellar is a unique English bar and restaurant. It is actually located on the historical Pigeon Island and is one of St Lucia's best kept secrets.

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