The Best Cafés in Nassau, Bahamas

Cups of coffee |© Jan knop / Shutterstock
Cups of coffee |© Jan knop / Shutterstock
Photo of Sheri-kae McLeod
Freelance Caribbean Writer15 December 2017

Eating in a cozy, well-designed café is a favorite past time for many locals in the Bahamas. Bahamians enjoy spending hours in a local café, chatting with friends around a table while sipping on coffee, or cozying up in a corner with a good book. Along with delicious beverages, cafés in Nassau also serve amazing food and pastries, making it the perfect chill spot.

Le Petit Gourmet Cafe

La Petit is the only vegetarian and gluten-free friendly café in Nassau. The quaint restaurant features a hand-crafted menu of delicious food, and fresh pastries along with vegetarian options and gluten-free bread. The charming ambiance of the restaurant is the perfect place to go for a romantic meal or a quiet, relaxing breakfast or lunch.

Studio Cafe

Located on the western end of Nassau in the Historic Compass Point Studios, Studio Cafe is a small restaurant that offers a big dining experience. The menu is a fusion of Bahamian seafood and Thai cuisine, not often found in Bahamian restaurants. Choose from their beverage menu of assorted teas, lattes, affogato, and even wines to go along with the delicious meals.

COCOA Coffee House

COCOA Coffee House is the place for great conversation and great coffee. The café, a favorite among locals in Nassau, is a Starbucks-owned coffee house so it serves coffee, teas, and other hot and iced beverages using Starbucks ingredients and recipes. The quaint café also has a variety of healthy breakfast options to choose from.

Starbucks Christmas | © machechyp/Flickr

Negril Cafe

Formerly Caribbean Spice Cafe, Negril Cafe is the one-stop spot in Nassau for Jamaican food and drink. Along with the authentic Jamaican meals like jerk chicken, curry mutton, and oxtail, Negril Cafe also serves a variety of fresh, natural juices—also a Jamaican tradition. The delicious, world-renowned Blue Mountain Coffee is served with ackee and saltfish as an authentic Jamaican breakfast in the mornings.

Starbucks Coffee

In almost every U.S. state and Caribbean country, the name Starbucks is synonymous with “café” and “coffee.” Starbucks Coffee Company, one of the world’s leading coffee brands, has locations in Nassau to offer Bahamians and tourists the finest coffee experience on the island. Starbucks’ menu includes a range of specialty coffees, teas, and smoothies along with sandwiches, yogurt, and pastries.

Starbucks Coffee | © HeinzTeh / Shutterstock

Avista Coffee Shop & Lounge

The AVISTA Coffee Shop & Lounge is not your typical café in Nassau. By day, this establishment is a gourmet coffee shop and patisserie serving delicious coffee, teas, and classic Bahamian and Caribbean meals. At night, the coffee shop transforms into an ultra-chic wine and cocktail bar that buzzes with activity. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, AVISTA hosts a “Paint & Sip” event for those that want unleash their inner artist while sipping on a glass of wine.

Sip and Paint at Avista | © Avista lounge

Louis & Steen’s New Orleans Coffeehouse

The passion and vibrancy of New Orleans culture can be experienced at the Louis & Steen’s New Orleans Coffeehouse, Nassau’s first and only Creole and Cajun coffeehouse. The coffee shop serves up a variety of hot and iced beverages made from freshly roasted coffee beans along with Creole and Cajun dishes. Get a taste of New Orleans at this colorful café located on West Bay Street.

Louis and Steens | ©

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