The 10 Best Street Food Spots In Kingston

Jerk veggie cakes in Jamaica I
Jerk veggie cakes in Jamaica I | © Chris Goldberg/Flickr
Emily Langan

Kingston, Jamaica, is the birthplace of jerk, a well-known and delicious cooking style where meat is marinated or dry-rubbed with a very hot spice mixture. Jerk is a staple of the street food markets of Kingston, along with other foods such as fresh fruit, ripe vegetables and scrumptious seafood. Street markets in the city are mainly comprised of makeshift stalls selling foods produced by whole families, and are colorful, energetic places to sample home-grown and tasty produce which is high in quality and low in price. For jerk foods, fresh fish, vegetable cakes and much more, here’s our list of ten exceptional street food spots in Kingston, Jamaica.

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1. Veggie Meals on Wheels

Food Truck, Restaurant, Vegan, Jamaican

Roasted yam and black bean taco
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One of the most successful and eco-friendly food truck stories surrounds Veggie Meals on Wheelsin Kingston. In 2010, owners Alfred and Keteis Brissett transformed a U-Haul truck into a beautiful, green portable kitchen, a vehicle which they like to call their ‘tropical vegan dining oasis’. To share their passion for clean eating and a vegan lifestyle with others, they established an entirely unique menu of foods and beverages that soothe and replenish one’s mind and body. Each meal is served with a ‘food for thought’ for the end of the meal, and the outgoing staff and owners are sure to make you smile. Veggie Meals on Wheels continues to be a hit success in Kingston.

Watch out for: A one-of-a-kind vegan meal: green island stew!

2. Truck Stop Bar and Grill

Bar, Restaurant, Jamaican, Street Food

Truck Stop Bar and Grillis another one of Kingston’s best spots for Jamaican street food. Open from 5pm to 12am on Fridays, and until 2am on Saturdays, this hidden gem serves a signature jerk pork, as well as homemade jerk chicken, beer and much more. The open-air interior makes locals and tourists alike feel relaxed and laid-back. The staff here are exceptional, and talented chef Garfield Sutherland is the mastermind of the kitchen, a man who creates exquisitely spiced dishes again and again. Guests are welcome to either eat-in or take home their orders.

Watch out for: Ice cream and bread pudding dessert.

3. Coronation Market

Farmers' Market, Farm Shop, Jamaican, Vegetarian, Vegan, Healthy

Part of Coronation Market
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One of the most memorable and life-changing experiences in Jamaica is the Coronation Market. This is the top street food destination for Jamaicans from all over the island. Tourists are encouraged to hire a cart as well as a guide for their first time through as it can be crowded and hectic, but in the best way possible. Saturday is the busiest day for vendors, farmers and retailers, and, as they come from many different places, they spend days preparing their stands. Saturday morning brings a chaotic cluster of new sights, sounds, and smells here, and every sense is stimulated whilst experiencing the market. Coronation Market has much to offer, but the majority of foods that can be found here are fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, spices and seafood.

Watch out for: The opportunity to get to know new people, and understand a major aspect of the Jamaican culture.

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