Discover why the Cayman Islands has been named the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean with our suggestions for the perfect foodie day out.
9:00 am: Start with a Seaside Breakfast
Begin your tour with breakfast at the wonderful VIVO restaurant, perched right on the edge of the bluest ocean in West Bay, on North-West Point Road. They term themselves an “alternative” restaurant, focusing on vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and organic options, which are all beautifully presented and extremely tasty. Choose this writer’s favourite: VIVO’s Avocado Toast — that’s two slices of toasted VIVO bread topped with sautéed mushrooms, local avocado and toasted sesame seeds. Add a local poached egg for added protein and wash down with a Jamaica juice — a combo of pineapple and ginger.
10:00 am: Take a Cooking Class
The National Trust of the Cayman Islands offers some fantastic cookery classes always based on local dishes, from breadfruit salad to salt beef and beans. The classes take place at their atmospheric Mission House, located on Gun Square Road in Bodden Town; but make sure you book ahead, as these small classes sell out quickly! Visit nationaltrust.org.ky.
1:00 pm: Enjoy Some Time for Lunch
If you are looking for the true flavour of Cayman, head further out east to Herman’s Fish Fry, located at East End on the waterfront. Queue with the locals for freshly fried snapper or mahi-mahi sprinkled with a pickle that is both spicy and flavourful. Dine casually at a picnic table under an umbrella and drink in the views.
3:00 pm: Peruse the Farmers Market
Fridays and Saturdays are the best days to visit the Hamlin Stephenson Market at the Cricket Grounds in George Town, as that’s when most stalls are manned, whilst Camana Bay holds a regular Wednesday farmers market. Shop for locally grown produce at each venue, such as fresh green callaloo (spinach), sweet mangoes (when in season) and fiery hot Scotch bonnet peppers.
4:00 pm: Tour the Brewery
The Cayman Islands Brewery, located just east of George Town in Red Bay, has recently undergone a renovation and has a brilliant tour for visitors that runs Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the hour. Taking about 20 minutes, the tour winds you through this impressive high-tech facility, where you will see beer brewed, bottled and packaged. Best of all, the tour includes five samples of their excellent beers. Each tour costs US$10.
6:00 pm: Drink Cocktails by the Beach
It’s been a busy day, so end your culinary tour at the Kimpton Seafire Resort’s lovely Coccoloba restaurant, situated right on the beach. Order a citrous/salty margarita and nibble on Mexican street food that will whet the appetite nicely for dinner.
7:00 pm: Time to Dine
Having seen the famous Cayman sunset from your casual seat at Coccoloba, head upstairs to the Kimpton’s light and airy Ave restaurant, where you can enjoy fresh seafood and steak at this contemporarily designed restaurant. Chef Massimo De Francesca’s magic is combining simple foods with stunning flavours and elevating them to new heights, ensuring you round out your food-focused day in style.
Author: Stephanie Peacock