November 16, 2016

Best places to have a coffee in Barbados

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Upsplash

Barbados is relatively new to the coffee/cafe scene, and has only been serving specialty coffees for a few very short years. Fortunately though, thanks to a constant flow of expats and visitors from around the world and the perseverance of some avid coffee enthusiasts, Barbados is now well on it’s way to providing stellar coffee to the island masses. This list will give you an insight into the islands’ expanding coffee scene and provide with some of the best spots to get your caffeine fix in Barbados. This list is also quite useful for groups and individuals who need free meeting locations.


1. Always Summer
Location: Limegrove, Holetown, St.James
Free WiFi: Yes
Air-conditioned: Yes
This café is equally as chic as the store and the coffee is delicious. 

2. Italia Coffee House 
Locations: Grantley Adams International Airport, Sheraton Mall, Quayside Centre (Rockley), City of Bridgetown Building (Lower Broad Street, Bridgetown), Colonnade Mall (Bridgetown) and Sunset Crest.
Free WiFi: Yes
Air-conditioned: All except Quayside Centre have airconditioning
Italia Coffee House, formerly known as Italia D'oro, is often seen as the pioneer of the coffee movement in Barbados as it was one of the first coffee shops to open its doors to this then relatively uninformed island. I have very fond memories of trying my first frappuccino (they call it a frescante) at aged 14. Quality is consistent and the locations are  all very convenient.

3. Artsplash Cafe
Location: Hastings Main Road, Christ Church
Air-conditioned: No
Free WiFi: Yes
ArtSplash is a community art centre, cafe, gallery and play park with a very 'granola', laid back vibe. They have a weekly farmer’s market and a huge play park in the back for children. The front gallery is very breezy and every item on their menu is delicious.

4. Coffee Barbados

Location: George Washington House, The Garrison Savannah, Christ Church
Free WiFi: Yes
Air-conditioned: No
Family run business, tucked away on the grounds of the historical George Washington House.  Find a spot on the terrace, sit back and enjoy the eclectic playlist in the background. Their extensive lunch menu is locally sourced, fresh and great for vegetarians.

5. Coffee Bean
Locations: Warrens (located inside of Orange Mall), Hastings (next door to Amaryliss Resort), Peronne Village (behind Big B/Massy Supermarket) , Upstairs in Pages Cave Shepherd in Bridgetown.
Free WiFi: Yes
Air-conditioned: Yes
Great service, wifi and a nice space to work in with a selection of interesting coffee blends and alternatives (Chai frappe anyone?). All Coffee Bean locations also offer a great lunch menu which pleases both locals and expats alike, but be prepared to queue during lunch hour and [locals] to be interrupted by lots of people you know #smallislandproblems

6. Relish
Locations: Simpson Motors (Warrens) and Limegrove, Holetown, St.James
Free WiFi: Yes
Air-conditioned: Yes
Yummy food at a steep price, great service and a nice atmosphere in the Limegrove location. Lots of international treats and snacks for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diets.

7. Marriott Hotel Lobby
Location: Marriott Hotel, Hastings, Christ Church
Free WiFi: Yes
Air-conditioned: Yes
The first of its kind in Barbados; a café combining good coffee with an office environment, this co-working space maintains a relaxed silence allowing freelancers to work away from home at ease. The colourful office-like interior has all of the essentials to facilitate hard work; fast wifi, nice communal spaces and a good coffee; a true hidden gem!

8. Open Kitchen
Location: Archer's Hall Showroom, Millhouse, St.Thomas
Free WiFi: Yes
Air-conditioned: Yes
Open Kitchen has become quite the spot recently and it's a central location for lunch meetings and coffee dates. Set amongst an upmarket furniture showroom, this cafe has a bit of everything; from daily lunch specials and a great selection of coffees and sweet treats to some of the best pizza on the island.


Graham Hall Nature Sanctuary 
9. Graham Hall Nature Sanctuary (Pictured)
Location: Oistins, Christ Church
Free WiFi: Yes
Air-conditioned: No
The little cafe is almost hidden away, the staff is very friendly and the coffee is good enough to get you through an afternoon of work. However, the real gem is outside; there are tables with umbrellas positioned right on the edge of the pond, and there's WiFi outside. Perfect spot for a meeting in the early morning or late afternoon when it's a bit cooler.

10. Surfer's Cafe, Oistins
Location: Oistins, Christ Church
Free WiFi: Yes
Air-conditioned: No, make sure to ask for a spot on the water (There's also a cool area in the back)
Cute, locally run cafe right on the water, with a very beachy, surfer vibe. Great for meeting a friend and shooting the breeze.

11. Cafe 195
Location: Warrens, St.Thomas
Free WiFi: Yes
Air - Conditioned: Yes and No
This modern, fresh little spot is always buzzing with people, but the coffee and service are both decent.

12. Brito's
Location: Warrens, St.Thomas
Air-Conditioned: Yes
A trendy little restaurant that caters to the corporate crowd (Similar to Cafe 195) but with really good juices to go along with your coffee.

13. Brighton Farmer's Market
Location: Brighton Plantation, St.George
Air-Conditioned: No, it's open air
This weekly market is a great place to visit with your young children, so that they can play on the playground with other children while you sip your freshly brewed Pilebucks coffee and wander through the farmer's market. It's worth the early morning wake up call! The market is open from 6am until 9am.
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If you have any further suggestions, please let me know. I'm always keen to try out new places and to support local businesses!




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