Bajan food is a unique blend of foods with African, Indian and British influences. Your Barbados travel experience will include some truly special meal-time moments to treasure forever. You're on holiday so try everything - locally caught fish, home-grown grass-fed meats, sweet plantains, rice and peas, tasty West Indian curries and rotis. Explore our delicious Caribbean cuisine.
The national dish of Barbados is Cou-Cou & Flying Fish. although Fishcakes and Saltbread is a close second, affectionately called a ‘bread and two’. Other popular dishes include Pudding and Souse a Saturday staple, and Sunday Food which comprises Macaroni Pie, Rice and Green Peas, Baked Chicken and coleslaw.
Common staples on Barbadian tables include Yams, Sweet Potatoes, Cassava, Breadfruit and Rice. These are usually paired with a variety of fish including flying fish, Many other varieties of fish are found in the clear blue waters surrounding Barbados, including kingfish, swordfish, red snapper, yellow-fin tuna, albacore tuna, marlin, shark and dolphin.
After filling up on these delicious dishes, sweet desserts such as guava cheese are the highlight of the meal.
Food sold by street vendors is popular on the island, and key locations include Baxter's Road near Bridgetown, and Oistins, with its Friday Night Fish Fry.