St Lucia Restaurants
Balenbouche Estate Cuisine
Balenbouche offers breakfast daily from 7:30 am and dinner by reservation twice a week, typically on Sundays and Mondays, when many other st lucia restaurants are closed. Our meals are a blend of St Lucian/Creole, Asian and International cuisine. We use many fresh, local and organic ingredients, some of which are grown on the estate. We can also prepare vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, etc. meals by request. For groups and retreats, we offer all inclusive meal packages, please inquire for details.
Banyan, Almond and Waterlily Cottages are all equipped for self catering; Frangipani and Calabash Cottages have a small fridge and electric hot water kettle. Food in St Lucia is quite expensive, and many products are imported. However, it is possible to buy largely local, and there is a Saturday morning farmers market in every town. The nearest supermarket ‘Super J” is a 15 minute drive from Balenbouche. The small convenience store in the neighboring village of Piaye (5 minute walk) sells a selection of canned and dry goods, fresh eggs, and alcohol.
The Reef Beach Cafe, Sandy Beach, Vieux Fort
Nearby St Lucia Restaurants
Near Balenbouche, we can recommend L’Escape Inn and Restaurant which is a 5 minute walk away, located in a small residential area. They are open every day except Sundays and Mondays. Lunch is served from 12 to 3 pm, and dinner from 7 pm. On Thursdays, there is live music. Another favorite is Debbie’s Restaurant, just a 3 minute drive away, offering a wide selection of St. Lucian and international food (open for lunch every day, please call ahead to make dinner reservations). The village of Laborie (5 minute drive), has several local snack bars and st lucia restaurants including Debbie’s Cafe, Zoe’s, the Bamboo Bar, and Mama Rose’s. In Vieux Fort, we can recommend the Old Plantation House Restaurant (lunch only), Island Breeze, and the Reef Restaurant and Bar. In Soufriere and surroundings, our local favorite st lucia restaurants are Martha’s tables (open for lunch only), Archie’s, and “De Belle Vue” restaurant in town. For a special treat, we recommend the Dasheene at the Ladera Resort, the Jardin Cacoa at Fond Doux or the Boucan Restaurant at Hotel Chocolat, all of which offer fine dining.
St Lucia Food & Drink
Although st lucia restaurants can sometimes be few and far between, you will always find something tasty and affordable if you know where to go and plan ahead a little. Popular local foods include roadside BBQ’s (mostly chicken) and East Indian inspired “roti’s” (wraps filled with potatoes, curried meat or soy) as well as “local meals” consisting of rice or macaroni and cheese, beans or lentils, vegetables, ground provisions (sweet potato, dasheen, yam, breadfruit etc.), fried plantains and fish or meat. Fresh local juice is available but tends to be very sweet. The St Lucia beer is called “Piton” and is brewed locally by Heineken. St Lucia Distillers, which has won several international awards, offers tours and tastings at their location in the north near Marigot Bay.