The best places to find fresh food, delicious ingredients and Bahamian meals are the many street food markets spotting the islands of the Bahamas. These Bahamian markets are vibrant, energetic and full of Caribbean flare. Find great ready-to-eat meals, herbs and spices, fruits, vegetables and conch in these places.
Doongalik Farmers’ Market in Nassau is a multi-functional space. During the week, it is one of the island’s most distinguished multi-media arts facility and on Saturday morning, it transforms into a farmers’ market. During the weekend, you will find a variety of cooked meals, fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, organic seasoning and locally produced oils and herbs. There are also stalls selling freshly caught seafood and meat.
Along with the many souvenirs and crafts sold at ‘Da Market’, introduced by the the Bahamas National Trust in 2011, vendors also make a wide selection of baked bread, jams and jellies to sell to customers every Saturday in national parks across Grand Bahama, Nassau and the Abacos. Da Market has quickly become a part of the traditional Bahamian’s weekend shopping. Delicious sweets ready for immediate consumption, local produce, seafood and savoury goodies like quiche and conch fritters are enjoyed thoroughly.
The Field to Fork Community Farm is an innovative Bahamian initiative created with the intention of improving agriculture in the Bahamas. The farm grows and tests crops grown locally in state-of-the-art farm facilities. Once the crops are grown, they are sold at the Field to Fork Farmers’ Market along with seedlings, herbs and seasonings.
Located on Queen’s Highway, Island Farm is Eleuthera’s largest open street food market. The market offers a large selection of various products including local produce, delicious snacks, jams and jellies, fresh bread, dressings and pesto, and so much more. Bring your phone or laptop and rest on the benches under the trees, using the market’s Wi-fi.
Under the Paradise Island Bridge is a row of seafood shacks that serve up some of the most delicious seafood on the island. These stalls, set up by the vendors themselves, are where locals and tourists visiting Paradise Island go to purchase conch, various kinds of fish, shrimp and lobster. Vendors also offer a selection of fruits and vegetables.
Situated on the sands of the beautiful Montagu Beach, the Montagu Beach Fish Market is home to one of the largest selections of not just fish, but all the seafood you can possibly want. The market is a row of wooden tables and stalls where chefs and fisherman clean and even season their freshly caught produce. There are even fruits, vegetables and a variety of spices available here.