Bajan cuisine is influenced by a number of different cultures: African, Indian, Irish, Creole, and British. With access to unbelievably fresh fish and produce thanks to its amazing tropical climate, Barbados is home to some incredible food! Here are the best foods on the island that you don't want to miss and where you can find them:
Pudding and Souse
What is it? The pudding is basically grated sweet potatoes formed into a sausage, and served with pork pickled in lime, cucumber, and onion (the souse). It might sound intimidating, but trust us, it's delicious.
Where can you get it? The Village Bar at Lemon Arbour. Get there between 11-11:30 and relax for the day with the locals.
What is it? Basically a sandwich but even better. Cutters are made with egg, ham or fish and are always on salt bread. If you feel so inclined, you can add on some lettuce and tomato.
Where can you get it? Cuz's Fish Shak. Listed in Newsweek's 101 Best Places to Eat Around the World, Cuz's is a favorite with locals. There's always a line, but it's definitely worth the wait!
What is it? Deep fried goodness. Fish cakes are made by frying a batter of flour, salt fish, and spices. Make sure you eat these piping hot and dip them in some hot pepper sauce.
Where can you get it? Hot Legendary Fish Cakes – several of these fish cake stands can be found throughout Barbados. At only $0.75 a pop, they are the perfect little cheat snack.
What is it? Exactly what it sounds like – cooked flying fish, usually steamed or fried, and it's a staple of the island. It's typically seasoned with traditional Bajan seasoning and served with onions or cherry tomatoes.
Where can you get it? Surfer's Café. All of the fish comes from Oistin's fish market so it's super fresh and delicious. This place turns into a fun bar at night, so come for the fish and stay afterwards for a couple rum punches.
To learn more about the beautiful island of Barbados, visit https://www.visitbarbados.org/