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Why The Bahamas’ capital of Nassau is the perfect gourmet getaway

Published: March 7, 2022 at 8:00 am
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Discover the eclectic food scene of the capital of The Bahamas, including a lively Caribbean fish fry, oceanside fine dining and island rum tastings

Looking for your next gourmet holiday? Nassau offers an infinite array of cuisines and dining options to delight every palate, from casual beachfront cafés to fine dining restaurants, convivial beach bars and Bahamian grills. Plus, there’s accommodation to suit every budget, friendly locals and some of the world’s most stunning beaches.

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Blending the laid-back vibe of the tropics with the liveliness of the big city, Nassau has all the makings of an ideal gastronomic getaway. Along with world-renowned restaurants that serve tasting menus with a side of incredible ocean views, there are plenty of local dishes and delicacies to discover on gourmet food tours and at Bahamian beach bars.

Read on to discover just some of the culinary treats that await you in this beautiful corner of the world…

Eat like a local at a Caribbean fish fry

A family alfresco dining

To get a true taste of paradise, head to Arawak Cay (The Fish Fry) on West Bay Street, an area that’s home to a host of authentic Bahamian restaurants. Each one specialises in unique dishes that vary between the 700 islands of The Bahamas, from grilled shrimp and lobster tails to ‘cracked’ battered snapper and guava duffs washed down with the local sky juice or beers. Try The Bahamas’ national dish, Cracked Conch (sea snails battered and fried) or conch served sushi-style, spiced with lime, onions and peppers.

Enjoy eclectic fine dining

From traditional French cuisine to the freshest local seafood, Nassau’s vast and varied dining scene offers something for everyone. For sushi in the most glamorous of settings, head to Nobu inside the Atlantis Paradise Island casino, while contemporary steakhouse Carna in Baha Mar serves prime cuts with legendary butcher Dario Cecchini at the helm.

Experience Bahamian dishes on fun food tours

Eat and drink your way through this historic island on the Savor Old Nassau Dining Stroll. On this fantastic tour, you’ll wander down to local hot spot Talking Stick Bar & Restaurant where you’ll be treated to a traditional full Bahamian Sunday lunch that includes dishes such as peas ‘n’ rice, fried plantains and conch fritters. Even better, your meal will be accompanied by classic Bahamian cocktails, including Planter’s Punch and Bahama Mama. When you’re done, you’ll head over to one of the island's finest restaurants at the Graycliff Hotel and finish with a trip to Nassau’s first and only winery, Bahama Barrels.

Taste small-batch rums at the island’s distilleries

Someone inspecting small-batch rums

The Caribbean is renowned for its white and dark rum, so take the opportunity to sample the range of varieties it has to offer. At John Watling’s Distillery, you’ll get to try small-batch rums from the comfort of a charming 18th-century estate with stunning harbour views. At the Luna Rum Distillery, not only can you taste three rums that are fermented, distilled, barrelled and bottled on the island, but there’ll be the opportunity to sample some of its iconic rum cake. The gift shop also stocks a tempting array of rum-flavoured products, including coffee, tea, jams, and spices.

Blend your own wine in the world’s third-largest wine cellar

If wine is more your thing, how about becoming a winemaker for the day and creating your own unique bottle with a wine-blending class at Bahama Barrels? To help concoct the perfect blend, an experienced Californian winemaker will provide all the information you need when formulating your wine, including educating you about tannins, acidity, balance, and finish.

Discover craft Bahamian brews

Venture into lively downtown Nassau and you’ll find the Pirate Republic Brewing Company –The Bahamas’ only craft brewery. Home to a vast array of delicious flagship brews, such as the Island Pirate Ale IPA, the first Bahamian IPA, Gold & Haze of Piracy, a citrus twist on a classic Belgian White Ale and Captain Kidd’s Kolsch, a medium-bodied, easy-drinking ale, you’ll have a variety of seasonal specialties to sample. Or, you could take it one step further with a tour of the newly-renovated brewery, which sits in a charming 125-year-old historic warehouse – you’ll even get a homemade pretzel and a flight of beer to taste in the tap room.

Accommodation for everyone

Hotel resort in Nassau

When you think of The Bahamas, you wouldn’t be wrong to conjure up images of luxury resorts such as The Ocean Club, a Four Seasons Resort, or the stunning Rosewood at Baha Mar. At the Sandals Royal Bahamian, you'll find your own personal island oasis, with Hollywood glamour and European elegance all rolled into one. But Nassau Paradise Island has a great range of accommodation to suit different budgets and tastes. In the heart of Nassau, there's the newly opened Margaritaville Beach Resort, a fun resort for all ages, complete with mini-water park and incredible views of the cruise harbour. At Comfort Suites Paradise Island, you’ll find affordable comfort combined with unlimited access to Aquaventure and all the other attractions at Atlantis Paradise Island. At the charming Bay View Suites self-catering villas and townhouses provide a comfortable base for the more independent traveller.

For a full list of hotels, click here

Getting to paradise

Tempted to start planning your Nassau getaway? You’ll be glad to know that getting there just got even easier. Virgin Atlantic has added a direct service from London Heathrow twice a week, departing on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Plus, British Airways flies direct from Heathrow to Nassau six times a week*. So, what are you waiting for?

For more Nassau inspiration click here, or to book now with British Airways, click here.

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*These are the winter schedules valid until 31 March. For summer, Virgin Atlantic moves to Mondays & Fridays, whilst British Airways reduces to four flights per week.

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