I never trust a hotel breakfast, much preferring to get something out and about. Especially when staying in the same place for a few days the standard buffet breakfasts quickly get tired and I would much rather try some local cafés. I would therefore never pay an additional fee to include breakfast, our hotel in Barbados did however include breakfast for free (and I’m thankful we didn’t pay for it).
Feeling lazy and a tad jetlagged the first day we ventured down to the hotel restaurant ‘Swagg’ – having looked online there were a few options off the breakfast menu that were included and they didn’t sound half bad. I had my eye on the pancake special. Arriving at the breakfast buffet (if it can even be called that!) we were mightily disappointed with the few measly slices of toast, boiled eggs and some fish that didn’t look all that appetising to choose from. It’s safe to say we won’t be eating there again and I don’t know how they could charge guests for it! (Apologies for the lack of photos, I was so appalled I forgot to take any…)
We had planned some quite busy days exploring the island so didn’t wish to start on an empty stomach. After some help from good old Google we thought we had found a nice looking place in Oistins with a sea view and a decent looking a la carte breakfast menu. The issue was that when we arrived at Pure Ocean they didn’t actually offer a la carte breakfast only a buffet breakfast! The buffet was a minor improvement from the one at our hotel but cost a ridiculous amount for the subpar offerings, we felt well and truly ripped off!
Third time lucky and still hopeful that there must be some yummy breakfast locations we planned a stop at Café Luna in Christchurch (on Tripadvisor’s recommendation) enroute to the East coast for some horse riding. The small café on a terrace above a B&B has an amazing view of the lovely Miami beach although the service was very slow so this isn’t somewhere to visit if you’ve got morning plans!
I opted for the French toast stuffed with Swiss cheese and ham served with a fruit syrup; with a strange combination of sweet and savoury this wasn’t the best dish although I think I may have made a poor choice. We left satiated but our cravings were still unsatisfied!
Almost having given up hope but needing fuel for diving we tried Tripadvisor’s top breakfast spot in Bridgetown – Coffee Barbados Café, located alongside the Garrison. Breathing a sigh of relief when we read the menu and almost jumping for joy when our breakfast was served I can safely say this is a great spot for breakfast (possibly the best on the island in my opinion) and I would quite like to have tried their lunch had we more time.
They serve a wide range of freshly cooked options and I would highly recommend their waffles with fresh fruit and maple syrup. These are large hearty breakfasts though, maybe not the most ideal straight before scuba diving!
I have to admit we gave our quest for tasty breakfasts a break the following day, opting to pick up some pastries from the local supermarket instead. Spending an extra hour in bed was more appealing following a full day scuba diving the day before!
Buoyed by our success at finding one delicious breakfast we ventured to Tripadvisor’s top breakfast spot on the whole island for our final day. It appears everyone else had read the same review as we struggled to get a seat at Bliss café. Patience is a virtue though as we nabbed a table in the shade and ordered our breakfast complete with a salted caramel freakshake. Although both were delicious it’s safe to say I didn’t finish either my waffles or my freakshake as the combination was quite sickly – maybe it’s best to get one of each and share!
Over the course of our week in Barbados we tried our hardest to seek out a respectable breakfast and dealt with many misses and a few successes, however I feel that we were beaten on the breakfast front.
Our top picks: Coffee Barbados Café and Bliss Café!
There was one constant that always brighten up all our attempts – the divine fresh passionfruit juice served nearly everywhere on the island. I would happily drink it all day with any meal!
Did you manage to find a delicious breakfast in Barbados? Any suggestions please comment below.
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