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Food customs in Barbados

Food customs in Barbados

Food tasting is one of the main parts of the trip; no visit to a country is complete without sampling the local food. Every country has different foods to offer from the odd like eating live baby octopuses to good old filet mignon. The Caribbean islands have a wide range of food and drink. Barbados is one of the islands with rich vegetation and an abundance of fresh seafood. If you want to get a taste of Bajan culture, refrain from ordering food from your apartment hotel, Barbados has many local restaurants that have their own unique specialty that you must try. Work up an appetite because you’ll have plenty of food to taste in this tropical country, but first you need to learn about a few customs while dining on this Caribbean island.

Basic customs
Travelers should note that dining in Bajan restaurants is a relatively conservative affair. If you happen to be coming from a beach and plan to dine at a respectable restaurant, you’d better get a set of cover-up clothes. Shorts and bathing suits are never appropriate at these eateries. Some of these bistros have a general dress code that tourists must follow. Some bistros and cafes require male guests to wear a jacket and tie.

To avoid embarrassment, ask first about the dress code before making a reservation. Bajans value the dining experience and travelers should note that it is common for Bajan restaurants to hold the check until it is claimed. They believe that diners should feel calm, relaxed and relaxed while dining.

Paying the bill
When dining out, don’t rely so much on one credit card, get an additional credit card and some restaurants only accept major credit cards. Keep a few US dollars in your pocket to be on the safe side. The usual value-added tax of 15 percent is included in the bill; this tax applies to all meals prepared on the island. Some restaurants also have a 10 percent service charge that functions as a tip. You do not need to tip if such a charge is included in your bill.

Winter is the time when the country receives the most tourists and during this peak winter season the bistros, cafes and other eateries are very busy. If you plan to eat at a certain bistro, reserve a table in advance. Travelers staying at a luxury hotel can request a staff concierge to make reservations for them. But making restaurant reservations is not that difficult, you can simply fax a reservation request before leaving home.

Visitors should note that most cafes and bistros on the island do not serve breakfast, and those that do usually open around 9am. Hotels on the other hand offer a buffet breakfast.

These are a few of the customs travelers should consider during their stay in this Caribbean country. The island is rich with plenty of gourmet and exotic food for tourists to enjoy, so don’t settle for the food served at your apartment hotel, Barbados has many more food options that every tourist should try.

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