Best St Maarten – St Martin Restaurants
Known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean, St Maarten – St Martin has a lot to offer by way of world-class dining experiences.
The best St Maarten – St Martin restaurants also regularly make the lists of many international journals and magazines including Caribbean Journal, Conde Naste and Travelers amongst others.
We are SO LUCKY to have not only sampled the best St Maarten – St Martin restaurants but also MANY of the restaurants on the latest published list of the 50 Best Caribbean Restaurants from ‘Caribbean Journal’ and in our humble opinion St Maarten – St Martin has more than it’s fair share of excellent international class dining experiences.
This is not just about the food, but also the ambiance, service, mood, music, view and service……..and as the French would say that ‘je ne sais quoi’ – the indescribable ‘I don’t know what’ that can only be experienced and fails to be relayed adequately in the written or orally descriptive word.
Great to see that 3 of the best St Maarten – St Martin restaurants made the list!:
When you are next in St Martin and want a really great evening ambience with lively music, people and an authentically French-Caribbean ambiance you can’t do any better than ‘The Village’ – ‘Le Village’ at Orient Bay.
Chic sophistication on St Martin’s most popular beach
A personal favorite of ours, Palm Beach at Orient Bay is at once relaxing, chic, sophisticated and ‘cool’!
If you want to get away from the noise and people pollution of the ‘Big Five’ restaurants or ‘Lo-lo’s’ of Orient beach on the Eastern end, then get yourself over to the western end!
Although ‘Waikiki’ restaurant is one of the more popular hang outs on Orient Bay, it’s a little too pretentious and unnecessarily pricey for our tastes – it’s a socialites favorite and a place to ‘see and be seen’ much akin to Nikki Beach (and Waikiki is definitely trying to fashion it’s own brand based on Nikki’s worldwide success!).
Take all of the great food Waikiki has, lower the prices, turn the volume down, get rid of the table dancers and space out the sun chairs and then you have Palm Beach.
WARNING: If you go to Palm Beach on Sunday be prepared to meet half of St Martin! It’s their spot on a Sunday especially……
Tip: Don’t turn off on the usual entrance to Orient Bay – it’s the one by the Cisco gas station and Paintball.
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Calmos Cafe St Martin
A Magical Treasure in French St Martin
Dining on the beach with your feet in the sand is one of the pleasures of a Caribbean – and no one does it better than Calmos Cafe St Martin.
Located in the heart of Grand Case right across from the central parking lot, Calmos Cafe is a delight for so many reasons – chic atmosphere, cool music (live Latin or Reggae bands or just cool ambient music), great food and best of all right on the beach where you can enjoy the sunset.
Browse the superb interior panoramas on their website Calmos Cafe St Martin and don’t forget if you’re in St Martin between January and April to go to ‘Harmony Nights’ every tuesday for a feast of sensations with a very cultural evening street fair.
For great ideas on other beach restaurants and the many different activities in St Maarten – St Martin CLICK HERE.
Bikini Beach St Martin
Meet ‘Bubbles’ Corrina Colada! – Orient Beaches’ Queen of Shakes.
One of our favorite little spots in St Maarten – St Martin has to be the quintessentially beach bar-esque Bikini Beach Bar on the famed Orient beach strip in the French side of the island.
Buddha statues, the ‘Noodle-kini’ noodle bar and a beach bar menu sprinkled with Asian delights make this beach bar a little different. Continue reading
Tutta Pasta – Outstanding & Authentic
Lovely & cozy terrace, facing the Simpson bay marina along with the super friendly family operated restaurant, makes Tutta Pasta Restaurant on the Dutch side of St. Maarten one of our favorite dining spots.
With over 40 types of delicious Pasta, classic & also unique & original flavors wrapped in a Caribbean touch, we feel compelled to visit the place a few times a month.
Warren, the owner, and his staff is what friendly St. Maarten is all about…
The timeshare visitors don’t skip a visit every time they are on their St. Maarten vacation. With its great atmosphere, delicious food, fantastic selection, very reasonable prices and lovely service makes Tutta Pasta a spot you must visit as part of your St. Maarten restaurants dining experiences…
Simpson Bay Yacht Club
Cell: (721) 587 5162
Open hours: Daily 6pm – 10pm
Closed on Saturday.
We like so much, we would like you to try it as well…
On our eBook you will find a great deal for you and your companion.
Enjoy your meal!!
Taloula Mangoes – Shaking Up The St. Maarten Boardwalk
This funky little boardwalk ‘cafe’ got it’s architectural inspiration from a mixture of local elements mixed with Miami design flair.
The prominent design theme is wood and natural stone. The bahamian shutters on the boardwalk side are a Caribbean classic and the variety of local stone and slate lend well to the interior, which add a caracter to one of the most colorful St Maarten St Martin restaurants.
The upper floor bar hangout ‘Blue Bitch Bar’ gets it’s name from a local stone called….Blue Bitch, although the logo would have you think it’s something to do with a female dog…makes for great marketing anyway (their t-shirts sell like hot cakes!) Continue reading
Ernest & Fidel – Porto Cupecoy, St Maarten
Why is the name of the Cafe
Ernest & Fidel?
The idea is not to laud dictators. The idea is to embrace the freedom of thought and ideas.
Freedom is the absence of constraint in choice or action; the liberation from the power of another; the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken; having boldness of conception or execution.
Freedom is the ability to be provocative or audacious without the fear of reprisal. What could be more provocative or audacious than throwing together one of the world’s most ruthless dictators and one of its most brilliant and beloved authors?
If Ernest had been born in Fidel’s Cuba, his imagination would have been squelched. If Fidel had been born in the United States he may have taken the meaning of his name to heart and become a man of the cloth. If these two extraordinary men had become friends in Cuba what would have resulted – would Cuba have become a hot bed of free thinking and creativity rather than a country associated with oppression? Would there have been a coffee shop like this in heart of Havana? Continue reading
Eating In For A Change
Ok – with over 300 restaurants to choose from in the gourmet capital of the Caribbean, you may still have a few nights in……
When it comes to self-provisioning, St Maarten/St Martin stands head and shoulders above neighboring islands, and can even swagger assertively against corresponding continental communities with a similar population – packing at least ten sizeable supermarkets and scores of medium-size stores, not to mention our eclectic roadside provisioning.
For all their old world charm and low-tempo consumerism, stores on the five islands visible from SXM simply can’t conjure up fresh Arugula at the drop of a hat, or yoghurt within a sell-by date, or ten different types of bottled water.. Continue reading
St. Maarten Local Food Soursop
Here is one of the St. Maarten Island local food secrets…Also known as Graviola, Guanabana or Corossol, the smooth, shiny leaves are boiled in a tea to make a calming sedative that’s good for insomnia and is said to fight fever. The leaves are even placed inside pillows to induce sleep. The bulbous fruit, with its soft spikes, is made into a milky juice with a taste between strawberry and banana. Health benefits? It tastes good, which makes you happy!
It is sold in most supermarkets and roadside stalls as well as ‘juice guys’ selling it.
How eating foods appropriate for the climate and environment can really help your system energize, recuperate and restore…
While a few weeks in the Caribbean and St. Maarten especially, does wonders for the suntan and spirit, the island’s hidden natural resources can give the body a boost, too. Spearheaded by a group of local Rastafarian farmers, a resurgent agricultural wave is aiming to revive knowledge in local ‘bush’ remedies, and decrease local dependence on imported produce. Our brief look at which tree or plant cures what ailment represents a scintilla of what any West Indian Grandmother can tell you…
Tamarind…… Continue reading