shopping and eating on carriacou - the original unspoilt caribbean

Carriacou has an ever increasing variety of shops around the island. You will be surprised at what you can find. There are many many general stores which sell everything from fridges and cookers to school uniforms. Enter and explore and you may find that treasure you didn't know you were looking for.

Shopping

Patty's Deli - a delicatessan located on Main Street, Hillsborough. Patty's Deli stocks a wide selection of international products such as coffee, teas, preserves, condiments as well as having a well stocked deli counter for freshly sliced deli meats (hams, smoked turkey, herbed chicken etc) and cheeses such as mozzarella, Gouda, Blue Cheese, Jalapeno Pepper. There is a freezer containing USDA rated steak, shrimp, boned leg of lamb, salmon steaks. Pattys has daily fresh baguettes, croissants and pastries and sandwiches are freshly made to order. Look out for Cheesecake Fridays - not to be missed for a real treat.

Mathesons Supermarket - a supermarket located on First Street, Hillsborough. Mathesons is a great place to stock up on supermarket items with a wide range of frozen meats, vegetables in the freezers at the back. They sell wholesale Carib and other drinks - just ask at the front desk.

Kims Plaza - a large supermarket opposite Mathesons. Kims also stocks a wide range of supermarket items with a small homewares section. Kim will also wholesale drinks and other items, just ask.

MNIB - located on Main Street, Hillsborough (a few minutes walk further down from Pattys Deli). The MNIB is similar to a Farmers Market. They buy produce from local farmers and import a range of fruits and vegetables.

Fish Market - located next door to the Marketing Board (MNIB). Check the fish market for the daily catch, usually snapper, baracuda or tuna. Ice is available but bring your own bags for it and the market offers a fish cleaning service for EC$1.00 per pound. Just ask and tell them how you want your fish.

Vendors Market - located just off Paterson Street (near the Shell gas station). Local vendors of produce, arts and crafts have booths here. The bus station is also located in this area.

Eating

Carriacou has a wide variety of restaurants and bars serving food ranging from local fare to internationally aclaimed cuisine. Below is our selection of the best places to eat on the island

Lazy Turtle (Tyrell Bay) - casual dining, no reservations required for the best pizzas in the caribbean. Jean-Baptiste (JB), the convivial co-owner and host will give you a warm welcome. Don't forget to look on the specials board on the door to the bar where you will find delicacies such as duck breast in an orange sauce or shrimp cooked in Ricard. The pizzas are named after the boats moored in Tyrell Bay.

La Playa (Silver Beach, Hillsborough) - casual beach bar run by Jonas and Asa, a swedish couple who have spent many many years on the island. The bar serves a good selection of cocktails, some named after local celebrities and food which is simple and wholesome - La Playa Burger made with 100% Carriacou beef, ground by the chef, Fish Burger made with 100% fillet of freshly caught Tuna, Dorado or Mahi Mahi, both served with a fresh green salad. Look out for daily seasonal specials which are worth trying. Rough Cut reggae sunsplash band play every Saturday afternoon from 3pm onwards at La Playa.

Slipway - (Tyrell Bay) - more formal dining, reservations preferred. This is a relatively new restaurant on Carriacou having only opened in December 2010. Operating out of a rennovated boathouse where the machinery was kept and made into tables and other features, the Slipway is a wonderful addition to the restaurants in Carriacou. The food is of international standards, using fresh local ingrediants and skillfully prepared by Kate who recently moved to Carriacou from New York. Daniela manages the restaurant and bar and is always full of interesting and lively island stories. The Slipway is highly recommended by all who visit. Closed on Sunday evening and Mondays.

Bogles Round House - (Bogles Village 5 minutes North of Hillsborough) - more formal dining, reservations preferred. Bogles Round House is run by Roxanne Russell, who for several years in succession won Grenada Chef of the year. The setting is quite unique. A round house built by Roxies parents when they first came to Carriacou over 20 years ago. The food has been featured in numerous international publications such as Gourmet Magazine. Roxie has a loyal following which just keeps increasing with all who visit. Closed on Wednesdays

Laurena II Jerk Centre - (Hillsborough) - casual, mainly take out lunch but seated dining can be accommodated at a moments notice. Laurena II Jerk Centre serves the best 'local lunch' in town. A 'local lunch' is a plate or takeout box of jerk chicken, jerk pork, bbq chicken or stewed mutton with rice and peas, macaroni pie and salad. This currently costs EC$15.00 (US$5.50 or £3.40) and is incredibly good value. If you are hungry after a long day on the beach, try Laurena II and you will not be disappointed. They serve from 11am until the food runs out usually around 7.30pm.

There are many more restaurants on the island, some you will discover yourself as you travel around. If you discover a gem that you think should be listed here then please let us know and we will check it out. Please check back frequently as this page will be constantly updated as new restaurants are opened or new discoveries made