Bridgetown, Barbados is the capital of Barbados, and one of the most visited island in the Eastern Caribbean. B’dos or BIM as the locals call it is home to the most rum shops per capita in the world. Although it’s known for its specialty rum, B’dos has an emerging coffee scene with excellent variety.
Whether you’re visiting the island for pure pleasure, or a much needed workcation, you can grab your favorite caffeinated drink and plow through your work or relax with some of the caribbean’s most heavenly beaches.
Get ready to ditch the hotel or cruise coffee stations, and head out to one of the five spots listed below. They won’t disappoint!
This family owned cafe is warmly decorated with tropical colors and palm trees that welcome you along with the smell of freshly brewed coffee.The owner, Ray, and his family ditched the UK to come back to their caribbean roots and start a family cafe that lives up to its name: Bliss Cafe. If you’re looking for anything other than caffeine you’ve come to the wrong place, because they only serve COFFEE based drinks--and every drink is like finding solid gold!
Some of our favorites include their Mint Mocha and the Brown Butter Toffy Latte. The Mint Mocha is a perfectly balanced cappuccino--it’s refreshing with just the right notes of mint and chocolate. The Brown Butter Toffy Latte is creamy, with distinct notes of caramel and hazelnuts. But if you’re looking for a classic, their cappuccino will do the trick.
An added bonus is the exceptional quality of their food! Be sure to check them out the next time you’re visiting B’dos!
Looking for coffee, brunch, culture, and a view of the south coast? Then look no further than ArtSplash. This cafe was originally created to highlight local artisans but is now known for so much more than their art. You can sit indoors or enjoy the seabreeze on their porch, but be sure to try the following.
Their Americano is superb, especially when paired with one of their breakfast offerings. But, if you’re looking for something that packs more of a punch, grab an espresso while catching the sunrise and listening to the sounds of the waves--it’s something special!
Looking for something a bit more historical? Check out Coffee Barbados Cafe located on the grounds of the George Washington House, the only place outside of the United States visited by the first U.S. president.
The baristas at Coffee Barbados Cafe only use Torelli’s beans roasted in Italy, and their coffee selections cover half of the menu. They serve the creme de la creme of espresso in the Caribbean. Some of our favorites include their Cortado, Cold Brew, and Dulce De Leche. Their Corda features dark chocolate notes and has just the right amount of cream.
Their cold brew is “bright,” like tea, and isn’t overwhelming. It promises to keep you properly quenched under the hot Bajan sun.
However, if you’ve decided to hit the waves head on try their dulce de leche drink. This beverage is packed with cayenne spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Honestly, if we could place the spice island of Grenada in a cup, it would taste like this so it’s a great two for one deal!
Driving north from the capital and looking for some caffeine? Make a quick stop at Cafe 195 & Bistro off of the ABC highway. Their menu offerings are delicious and their espressos make the stop worthwhile. They serve the classics with enthusiasm and a great deal of excellence.
If you decide to venture onto the west side of the island then we highly recommend The Orange Street Grocer. This spot offers coffee, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The coffee offerings are delicious but, most importantly, come ready to camp out on the beach, hear the waves, and enjoy your cafecito.
They serve everything from Americanos to Iced Coffee, and Lattes--we’d go back any day of the week!