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5 best restaurants in Barbados

Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor

1 The Cliff

Seaside sophistication

Arguably Barbados's most famous restaurant, as well as one of its most upscale and exclusive, The Cliff is set right on the beachfront in St James, with all the tables offering stunning Caribbean views. Chef Matt Worswick, who earned his first Michelin star at the age of just 26, serves up an impressive menu of refined international cuisine, and there's also a sushi bar offering both traditional and modern dishes.

The Cliff, Derricks, St. James, Barbados        +1 246 432 0797

2 QP Bistro

Beachfront bistro

Set right on the beachfront at St James, QP Bistro fuses international dishes with Caribbean flavours, under the guidance of Culinary Director Matt Worswick, formerly of London's iconic Savoy Grill, and Executive Chef Athlone McCollin, a master of contemporary classical cuisine. The dinner menu includes bistro classics, as well as pizza, or you can indulge in a two- or three-course pre fixe lunch. Don't miss the chance to pick up freshly-baked bread and pastries from the bakery each morning.

QP Bistro, Derricks, Saint James, Barbados        +1 246 432 0797

3 Local & Co

Farm-to-table feasts

Seasonal, local produce is the order of the day at Speightstown's Local & Co, with the daily-changing menu determined by what the local farmers have available and what the chefs have gathered and preserved in-house through the seasons. Expect plenty of locally-caught seafood, as well as signature dishes such as rum-glazed pork belly, and vegetarians and vegans are well catered-for too. You can also pick up homemade jams, pickles and chutneys, flavoured salts, jerky and homemade kombucha at the marketplace.

Local & Co, Queen Street, Speightstown, Barbados        +1 246 421 3276

4 Baia

Cerviche and cocktails

Set right on the beach in the north of Speightstown, Baia offers a taste of Latin America in the heart of Barbados, with gorgeous views of the Caribbean. Here you can enjoy Peruvian-fusion food, with typical dishes including traditional cerviche and pulpo anticuchero - charcoal-grilled octopus, anticucho sauce, aji amarillo purée and purple olive emulsion. You can also enjoy exceptional cocktails, while the live entertainment and beachfront setting make for a vibrant yet laidback atmosphere.

Baia, Sand Street, Speightstown, Barbados        +1 246 432 2242

5 Champers

The art of fine dining

One of the best restaurants on Barbados's South Coast, Champers is set on the water's edge, overlooking Rockley Beach, a beautiful spot to dine by lantern- and candlelight in the evenings, taking in the sea views from the open terrace. Here you can enjoy international dishes with bold, intense Caribbean flavours, simply presentated with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, especially seafood. There's also a dedicated menu for children. After your meal, be sure take some time to browse the art gallery up

Champers, Skeetes Hill, Bridgetown, Barbados        +1 246 434 3463


5 hottest bars in Barbados

Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark

1 Drift Ocean Terrace Lounge

Coastal cocktails

Set in Holetown, overlooking Barbados's beautiful West Coast, Drift Ocean Terrace Lounge opens at 5pm each day, making it a perfect choice when you want to watch the sun set as you sip a cocktail or two. The extensive cocktail menu includes timeless classics as well as nautical-themed signature recipes, and there's a tempting selection of alcohol-free mocktails too. You can enjoy your drink on the outdoor deck with ocean views, or cool off in the air-conditioned lounge.

Drift Ocean Terrace Lounge, Highway 1, Holetown, Barbados        +1 246 432 2808

2 Sea Shed

Seaside chic

Set on gorgeous Mullins Beach, Sea Shed is the ultimate beach hang-out, where you can while away the long, sunny days and starry nights sipping cocktails on your lounger as you gaze out over the turquoise waters. Chef Jeremy Dupire serves up a daily-changing menu with a emphasis on delicious seafood dishes, as well as pizzas, and Sundays at the Sea Shed are not to be missed, with music from live DJs, and Champagnes and rosés by the magnum. What better way to finish off your weekend?

Sea Shed, Mullins Beach, Bridgetown, Barbados        +1 246 572 5111

3 La Cabane

Beachfront boho

The new venture from Papa Jules, formerly head mixologist at the renowned The Cliff restaurant, La Cabane is an idyllic spot where you can hang out from breakfast until late into the evening. It's set on Bridgetown's Batts Rock Beach, with uninterrupted access to the blue Caribbean waters, and the laidback atmosphere and boho-chic design make for a fun, chilled vibe. Here you can join a yoga session on the sand, enjoy music from live DJs, or just relax in the shade of the trees and gaze out over the Caribbe

La Cabane, Batts Rock Beach, Bridgetown, Barbados        +1 246 256 2131

4 Calma Beach Club

Sun, sea and smiles

Founder Carol Odle created Calma Beach Club with the aim of encapsulating the authentic, friendly spirit of Barbados and creating a place where people from all walks of life could meet and share their stories. It's set right in the heart of Holetown, and it's an ideal place to hang out on a sunlounger from breakfast until after sundown, sipping cocktails and enjoying food from a menu which includes tacos, hearty salads and tempting sharing boards.

Calma Beach Club, Holetown Beach, First St, Holetown, Barbados        +1 246 432 0355

5 Little Bristol Beach Bar

Speightstown sunsets

The latest venture from the creators of the popular Mullins Beach Bar, Little Bristol Beach Bar is set in Speightstown and has the same lively, laidback atmosphere. It's one of the best places on the island to chill out with a cocktail and watch the sun set, or, if you're feeling more energetic, get there earlier and rent a stand-up paddleboard from the neighbouring Paradise Surf School. Throughout the day, you can refuel on gourmet sandwiches and burgers from the food truck, and there's live music on selec

Little Bristol Beach Bar, Speightstown, Barbados        +1 246 439 1592