Food on St. Kitts

Local flare enhances the dining experience you'll encounter on St. Kitts and Nevis

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St. Kitts and Nevis Food

Due to the rich volcanic soil and fertile coastlines, St. Kitts and Nevis produce some of the richest fruits and vegetables in the Caribbean. Satisfying dining experiences are common occurrences here.


Likely, you'll be spending a lot of your time on St. Kitts in Bassaterre, where the bulk of the island's restaurants are located.  Here you'll find places that serve up West Indian cuisine alongside international fare.  Fast food is common here as well, with fried chicken and submarine sandwiches as an option for those looking for comfort food.  Casual restaurants and beach side grills find lunchtime prices run between $10(USD) and $25(USD), whereas the cost of an evening meal or one at a tony establishment can cost more than $35(USD) per person.


Visitors who crave familiar fare are reminded that international cuisine can be found at many upscale restaurants, especially in the more populated areas. Frigate Bay is where a good deal of tourist-y restaurants can be found, including pizzerias, burger joints, and beach side bars.  If you're looking for an intimate and romantic eatery, take a drive along the north coast.  There are old plantation houses that have been converted into restaurants, and these locales offer up an ambiance that is almost as delectable as the food. 

Culinary Styles


When you find yourself hungry on St. Kitts and Nevis, you may be faced with a tough choice: deciding what to eat. With two islands' worth of coastlines, seafood is always an easy catch. Also, be sure to sample roast pig, rikkita beef, and goat stew, all hearty meat dishes that are usually paired with the abundant fresh produce.  The food on the islands speaks to an important part of their culture, which is great to know before you travel to St. Kitts and Nevis.  Read more about the topic in our article about Culinary Styles on St. Kitts and Nevis

Because the small pair of islands lacks the land area to sustain an expansive agriculture industry, many foods are imported, especially from other islands in the Caribbean. Although this can make dining somewhat more expensive, importing foods ensures you'll find tropical favorites, including West Indian dishes, alongside St. Kitts and Nevis specialties on most menus. Roti, conch fritters, fish cakes and barbecued dishes such as glazed passion fruit ribs, and mango-ginger chicken are particularly popular.


Coffees and freshly squeezed fruit juices made with local produce are drink options for vacationers throughout the day.  If you want to try something extra special, ask for a glass of Fairling in Basseterre, and you will be served a local fruit punch.  Rum is, as it is elsewhere in the Caribbean, the top choice for alcoholic beverages.

Fortunately, no matter where you go to eat on St. Kitts and Nevis, fresh vegetables, meat, and seafood are always easy to come by and a satisfying dining experience is almost guaranteed. 


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