Alongside its stunning beaches and vibrant locals, a trip to Trinidad is all about indulging in the island’s huge array of flavours. With a whole host of influences, Trinidad’s food scene is undeniably unique.
You’ll likely find that born and bred Trinidadian’s, such as Darrius Marcellin, consider their country’s diverse palate a point of pride.
“Food in any country and culture identifies who a nation is. Trinidad has a mix of Afro-Creole dishes and East Indian dishes that combine to tell the story of the population. With Arabic food emerging, local Chinese blends – food in Trinidad is important because it says to any foreigner coming into the country “Hey, we are a multicultural society with a spicy flavor”.”
There’s no denying that the best way to understand Trinidad’s culture is to try out its many iconic dishes. So what exactly does a day of authentic Trinidadian cuisine look like?
While no one would blame you for eating it at any time of day, Doubles is possibly the nation’s favourite breakfast food. This street food consists of curry chickpeas (channa) sandwiched between two fried flatbreads (bara).
You don’t even need to leave your hotel for this one; start your day of local cuisine off by enjoying some Doubles at Hilton Trinidad. Just be warned – one is never enough!hi
Trinidad’s street food is a core part of its culture and something you’ve just got to experience on a Trinidad vacation.
From fresh coconut and its beloved jelly, to corn soup, to deep fried and heavily spiced Pholourie, you’ll undoubtedly want to try it all, so join the locals as they queue up at the best street food stands that Port of Spain has to offer.
When it comes to dinner time, it’s time to take the weight off your feet and sample some of Trinidad’s best restaurants. Ask the concierge at Hilton Trinidad for recommendations of local favorites, or head straight across the city to Ariapita Avenue in Woodstock.
Fondly known as ‘De Avenue’, the strip is a social hub where you’ll find some of the island’s best restaurants, like Melange, Angelo’s and Veni Mange.
Of course, the island’s vibrant food scene doesn’t end in Port of Spain. No trip to Trinidad could be better spent than letting your tastebuds lead you to the rest of the island’s cities and towns.
“My favorite Roti restaurant is Hosein’s Roti Shop in San Juan. The restaurant has a local kitchen feel to it, and they have the best curry mango in my opinion. I always select the “buss up shut” roti with chicken, mango, slight pepper and pumpkin – that combination is golden.” – @darriusmarcellin
When you’re planning your trip to Trinidad, it’s safe to say it’s the island’s food you should plan your days around. Not only is it all totally mouth-watering, it’s a true window into the complex patchwork of cultures that make this twin-island nation so captivating.