St. Maarten is a beautiful island filled with some of the best beaches and hotels in the Caribbean. If you happen to find yourself on this paradise of an island and you want to get some food, you’d be in luck! St. Maarten is home to over 300 restaurants and offers a wide variety of food from anything local to Mexican and Chinese! You’d be pretty hard pressed to not find something to satisfy any kind of food craving you might have. For any foodies out there, you’re in luck because of St, Maarten’s French influence; there’s a lot of great European style bistros and restaurants.
Of course since this is a Caribbean island, there’s a ton of local options which are generally cheaper for any one on a budget. So whether you’re in the mood for some classic French cuisine or some Caribbean style fish, you’ll have no shortage of options in St. Maarten. Here’s some of the best places to get you started on your culinary adventure.
1. Talk of the Town
Talk of the Town isn’t just a name. It is literally the talk of the town. Serving up local style Caribbean cuisine, barbecue is the on the menu at this local hot spot on the French side of the island. Don’t be fooled however, despite the name, this place is a non pretentious, everyone welcome style of eatery.
The food is cooked on large grills and they serve up local specialties as well as the catch of the day, so you might be eating something different every time you visit. Grab a cool drink, sit on the picnic tables and grab some good Caribbean barbecue. Talk of the Town is perfect for a traveler on a budget or for someone who doesn’t feel like dressing up to go out to eat. A place appreciated by locals and tourists alike, make sure you get there early if you want lobster; they always sell out fast!
Talk of the Town
Address: 6 Boulevard de Grand Case, Grand Case, St. Maarten
2. Bistrot Caraibes
It wouldn’t be a list of the best foods in St. Maarten without mentioning Bistrot Caraibes. This restaurant has been on the island for over 20 years so it definitely has the reputation to back it up. It wouldn’t be open for so long if it wasn’t delicious right? Bistrot Caraibes is a fusion of a French style bistro and local Caribbean delicacies. A little more pricey than Talk of the Town; you might not want to show up here in your bathing suit and flip flops. Serving up delicious local flavors with a classic french twist, you might want to call ahead if you want a good spot here.
Address: 81, Boulevard de Grand Case, Grand Case 97150, St. Maarten
Website: Bistrot Caraibes
3. La Parisienne Patisserie
A little taste of Paris in St. Maarten! Another great place to stop by for some great cheap food before heading off to the beach. Make a quick stop for some delicious chocolate croissants in the morning or grab a ham and cheese sandwich for lunch. Offering classic french baked goods, La Parisienne is perfect for a pit stop if you want a tasty light snack.
La Parisienne Patisserie
Address: 169 Route Des Terres Basses, Baie Nettle, St. Maarten
Facebook: La Parisienne Patisserie
4. Le Tropicana
Offering amazing desserts as well affordable prices on the catch of the day, Le Tropicana also offers beautiful views of Marigot Bay. Watch the boats and listen to the ocean while you sip on your afternoon espresso and enjoy some delicious freshly caught fish. Le Tropicana is also vegan and vegetarian friendly and is only a short stroll away from the town market and ferry station.
Address: Rue de Sandy Ground, Marina la Port Royale, Marigot 97150, St. Maarten
Website: Le Tropicana
Despite St. Maarten being a small island, there is a ton of food options for every taste. With a lot European influence there’s no shortage of great Italian food. Spiga delivers top notch Italian food in an authentic Creole style building. This is definitely a place to check out and bring your significant other to for a romantic evening out on the island. Not only is the dinner amazing but make sure to check out the desserts too. I recommend the cheesecake or chocolate mousse.
Address: 4 L'Esperance Road, Grand Case 97150, St. Maarten
Serving up some of the best Thai food on St. Maarten, Avantika is sure to please anyone craving some tasty south asian food. A bit of a hidden treasure, Avantika is a great place in a little secluded spot near Simpson Bay. Some awesome food at an affordable price as well as having a great wine bar and wine selection, Avantika is a must not miss, especially if you love Thai food. Make sure to order the Avantika favorite - duck !
Address: 68 Welfare Road, Puerta Del Sol, Simpson Bay 00000, St. Maarten
7. Pineapple Pete
Keeping it casual on the list is Pineapple Pete. A local favorite serving up some of the best things the island has to offer, and a relaxed atmosphere making some of the best lobster around. Pineapple Pete is good spot after hanging out on the beach or after a long day of shopping.
Address: Simpson Bay East, St. Maarten
Website: Pineapple Pete
8. Lazy Lizard
You know what they say about eating while you travel. Eat where the locals do! The Lazy Lizard is a great local place near shopping areas as well as near the ocean, so you can get that cool ocean breeze while you eat some local delicacies. The fish is fresh and the drinks are cool. It makes a great spot after a hot day of checking out the island.
Address: Great Bay Beach 29, Boardwalk, Philipsburg SXM, St. Maarten
Website: Lazy Lizard
9. Big Fish
Big Fish is a little more on the pricey side but that shouldn’t deter you from going, after all, you’re on vacation! The ambiance at Big Fish is worth the visit alone. This is not a typical easy going beach type spot, so make sure you’re a little more dressed before going. They have a ton of seafood options which are caught locally so it’s guaranteed to be fresh and delicious. If you feel like splurging a little, make sure to pay Big Fish a visit.
Address: Emerald Merit Road, Oyster Pond, St. Maarten
Website: Big Fish
A vacation in paradise
St. Maarten may be a small Caribbean island, but there is no shortage of things to do and food to eat. Covering everything from traditional European cuisine to local favorites, in St. Maarten you should have no problem finding delicious food at any price. You’ll find some old favorites and new ones, so make sure to get out there and eat!
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