When you think of the Caribbean, you think of the spicy chicken and succulent stewed beef. The stereotypes aren't wrong. The Caribbean is brimming with juicy, tender meat dishes that will blow you away. On the other hand, if you're not into sucking on a chicken's foot don't fret, the Caribbean is home to fresh tropical fruits and nutrient-packed veggies just waiting to be devoured.
Caymanian cuisine features a myriad of foods that are a vegetarian’s dream. Here’s where to go to get your fill of vegetarian delights.
Vegetarian and Vegan eateries
1. Island Naturals Cafe
All natural breakfasts, lunch and dinner items including gluten-free and superfood choices, this veggie hot spot is a popular choice for many. You’ll find it behind Eduardo's on West Bay Road in the Coconut Plaza.
2. Jessie's Juice Bar
A charming and rustic juice bar offering high-quality refreshing drinks & nourishing vegetarian, vegan and raw options. With two locations, Camana Bay & Governors Harbour, it's open:
Mon - Fri: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
3. Bread & Chocolate
This endearing vegan cafe in the country’s captial of George Town offers delicious alternatives for the eco-conscious diner. You’ll find it tucked on the corner of Dr. Roys Drive and Edward Street.
Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
4. Saucha - Conscious Living
Vegan and raw meal delivery based in West Bay, this health-conscious establishment sells handcrafted Kombucha and delicious daily meal deliveries specifically for vegans and vegetarians.
5. The Greenhouse Cafe
The Greenhouse cafe is a great little restaurant on the waterfront offering gluten-free, paleo and other allergy-friendly options for diners.Not specifically for vegetarians as it also sells meat and fish dishes, but they only uses products from local farms and organic foods.
Top places to buy fresh fruit and vegetables
You’ll find fresh fruits and veggies at all the supermarkets on island but if you want a more personalized experience, head to one of the many markets or farms:
1. The Farmer's Market at Camana Bay
Find a broad assortment of freshly grown produce & farm goods on Wednesdays from 12pm-7pm.
2. The Market at the Grounds, Lower Valley, Bodden Town
A mixture of organic Caymanian fruits and vegetables Saturdays from 7am -12pm.
3. Jessies' Juice, Market Street, Camana Bay
Browse through some locally grown produce sold outside of vegetarian & vegan joint, Jessie's Juice, on Saturday mornings.
4. Cayman Farm & Garden, 347 Austin Conolly Drive
The source for fresh ingredients for many of the stores and restaurants in Cayman, take advantage of this innovative farming operation in Bodden Town. Find flowers, fruits, vegetables and even take a tour around the seedling house.
5. Joel Walton's Plantation House, 35 Doubloon Drive, South Cayman Palms, Bodden Town
This agritourism setting has working gardens, a small waterfall, stream and pond combination, gazebos and terraces, a plant nursery and a garden shop that specialises in the limited-scale growing of tropical and subtropical plants and organic produce. Open Sundays 2pm-5pm
Caribbean Vegetarian Recipes:
1. Slow Cooker Black Bean & Mango Caribbean Chili
2. Caribbean rice and beans
3. Caribbean empanadas with mango salsa
4. Breadfruit curry
5. Jamaican vegetable medley
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