Les Saintes Dining / Restaurants / Nightlife
Dining in the French West Indies is always a memorable event. An exciting variety of restaurants take advantage of gorgeous settings to complement their culinary delights. Cooking in France is an art form and Les Saintes (Iles des Saintes) continue this delicious tradition.
Visitors discover a wide range, from classical and nouvelle French cuisine to spicy Créole and local specialities. There are also pizzerias and sandwich shops. Le déjeuner, or lunch, is often the main meal of the day and usually served from noon to 2 p.m. It's generally a good idea to call ahead for reservations for dinner.
The pace of service in many Caribbean restaurants may surprise first-time visitors. It is wise to remember that standards are different in the islands. If you demand fast food and brisk service, perhaps the Caribbean is not for you. However, if you can downshift and relax into a tropical mode, your patience will be richly rewarded. Experienced travelers always arrive at Les Saintes restaurants before they are really hungry and allow extra time for their meals to be prepared and served.
A 15% fee is often included in restaurant bills (service compris) and additional tips are optional. Budget-conscious travelers with kitchenette facilities have learned to avoid the costs of dining out by preparing many of their own meals.
Les Saintes' cuisine mirrors its many cultures. The local Créole specialties combine the finesse of French cuisine, the spice of African cookery with the exoticism of East Indian and Southeast Asian recipes. Fresh seafood appears on most menus. Other specialties are: shellfish, smoked fish, stuffed land crabs, stewed conch, and curry dishes. Local rum drinks often precede a meal and imported French wines usually accompany it.
No trip to Les Saintes would be complete without a taste of the island’s traditional treat, Tourment d’Amour (Torment of Love). These sweet, coconut custard tarts are readily available throughout the island, but most visible near the main boat dock. Local women, with large baskets in hand, tempt arriving and departing visitors with these delicious confections.
Special Bonus: A Guide to Créole Cooking Terms
Even in this peaceful little archipelago, it’s possible to find a place to enjoy a little nightlife during your visit. Check with the Tourist Office, your hotel or the friendly locals to find out what's currently available.
Featured Restaurants / Nightspots
Photo courtesy of Eden Rock Hotel.
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