Food & Drink
All the history, beauty, warmth and colour of Jamaica is perfectly distilled in its iconic food. Food lovers will delight in bright, diverse, and boldly flavoured dishes served throughout the day. Spicy jerk, fresh seafood, hearty stews, ital food, fine spirits, and an array of tropical fruits you’ve never tasted before, make Jamaica a culinary destination in the Caribbean not to be missed.
In Jamaica, we’re serious about our bellies and never miss an opportunity to celebrate our rich food heritage. Throughout the year, festivals abound in praise of jerk, seafood, coffee, rum, and the culinary prowess of our people. Whether at streetside eateries, hotel dining, or upscale restaurants, you’ll find delicious and authentic food always crafted with pride and signature Jamaican ‘boasyness’.
It’s time to come back to delicious in Jamaica.
For breakfast, the national dish, ackee and saltfish is a must-try. You’ll easily find this ubiquitous dish on restaurant and hotel menus, and even some fast-food outlets. For the perfect cup of Blue Mountain Coffee, visit Café Blue in the hills of Kingston. Whether in the country or the city, colourful fruit stalls line the island’s roads and those willing to explore the less familiar offerings will indeed be richly rewarded.
By lunch time, soups pots are bubbling and the smoky heat of Jerk sizzling over pimento wood seasons the air. Stop by Scotchie’s or the Pork Pit in Montego Bay and take your pick of pork, chicken, sausage, or fish, served with a variety of delicious sides. Patties are the unofficial lunch of choice in Jamaica as long lines snake outside fast-food outlets like Juici Patties and Tastee. The Devon House Bakery serves an elevated take on traditional patties. Try the lobster patty for a lunch on the go that feels truly indulgent. And of course, you must try the world-famous Devon House I-Scream! With flavours like Sorrel, Stout, and Mango, it’s the perfect cold treat on a hot afternoon. Check out vegan and ital spots like Marianna’s Kitchen or Mi Hungry in Kingston for plant-based options that certainly don’t skimp on flavour.
Food is always an event in Jamaica. End the day at a lively spot like Pier One in Montego Bay or Plantation Smokehouse in Ocho Rios. These spots serve up international fare as well as iconic dishes like curry goat, oxtail, and escoveitch fish, with live music keeping the vibes up. No matter where you go on the island, you're sure to find delicious food to delight the senses.