Great Cafes, Bistros & Grills in Bermuda
I don't know what you understand by cafes and bistros elsewhere, in Bermuda it's all about lighter but good food and beverages in relaxed and casual ambience. And such eateries have sprung up in many places in the island as the demand for such, particularly among the younger generation is rising rapidly. Typical food served at the cafes and bistros would include wraps, salads, sandwiches, scones, patties, burgers, pastries etc and of course tea, coffee, beer and even spirits. Several of them would have a wider choice of menus so that you can have a complete meal as well.
In Hamilton you will find lots of cafes and bistros along the busy Front Street and also along the narrow quieter streets and alleyways that are free of vehicles such as Chancery lane. Depending on your mood, choose a place to hangout with your friends. There are plenty of great cafes in St. George and Dockyard area as well.
Here are the best cafes, bistros and grills in Bermuda:
This is a small but one of the best and authentic coffee shops in the island preparing varieties of coffee from fresh hand-roasted beans. Look at the ceiling and you can still see the original cedar beams that were once in use in Bermuda. Have coffee in casual friendly atmosphere and enjoy the various artwork from local artists on display.
Located on the charming Chancery lane, the menu here changes daily. It's a small eatery. There will be about 5-6 items in appetizers and same numbers in entries displayed on the chalk board. A place quite popular with locals.
Offers bistro style homemade French food. The bistro is located in an old carriage house and has retained the aura of the old times. Service is friendly and the food is excellent. It is run by the owners of popular restaurant Mad Hatters.
This is a stylish cafe with pink theme in its decor and located inside Hamilton Princess hotel. The menu is impressive... you can go for breakfast sandwiches, Italian Prosciutto Baguette, Pressed Pulled Chicken Focaccia, Low Carb Grilled Salmon Salad etc. The homemade gelatos and milkshakes are excellent too.
A nice cafe with both inside and outside patio seating. Look for the daily specials. The best part is they use fresh organic farm produce to make the dishes and also offer small plates so that you can have it Tapas style. The daily specials are displayed on the chalk boards that hang on the walls. They offer full breakfast - signature dishes includes Steak and Eggs. In lunch try out soup, strip loins or rib-eye. They also serve sandwiches, burgers, several baked items etc.
Located on Water Street, Wahoo's is one of the best cafes in St George with a terrace, a water-side patio with lovely view of the harbor, and inside dining. Other than seafood, it serves many other dishes including sandwiches, pastas, lamb, chicken, taco, steaks etc. Try out the Wahoo nuggets and do not forget the excellent homemade desserts, chocolate bread puddings and apple strudel.
Somer's Cafe Express
(Hamilton, Front Street)
An excellent budget cafe to get wonderful view of Hamilton Harbor across the Front Street as you munch your fish sandwich at the balcony on second floor. Great place to have quick bites including soups, sandwiches etc particularly if you are on Front street for shopping. They also make daily specials like chicken mardi gras, pasta special etc. Somer's Cafe is located at the second floor of AS Coopers building. 59 Front Street, Hamilton. Open for breakfast and lunch (also for dinner on Wednesday). Closed on Sunday. Phone: 747-7777
This is a good place to have your breakfast, or pack your lunch. They serve deli type food like sandwiches (stuffed with salamis, cheese, meat etc) as well as vegetarian ones. Other items includes soups, Bermuda fish chowder, wraps, salads. They also make nice pizzas. Hot meals like meat loaf, baked chicken are also available. Located at the Hamilton Bus Terminal. 4 Washington Street. Open all days (closed on Sundays during winter).
The food is excellent and inspired from the Mediterranean cuisine, the views of the harbor from upstairs is wonderful. It's located on Front Street.
This small yet elegant cafe is located at the old staff club of Elbow Beach hotel which is not easy to find, but gives you a quiet and relaxed ambience - be it inside dining or outside around the pool. There is a nice wine bar. Wine selections are limited but good and includes house wine. Food menu like in a typical cafe is also simple but food is delicious and the service is exemplary. Some nice items on the menu are baby spinach salads, blackened scallops, Salmon or Wahoo steak, grilled chicken breast in mushroom sauce, grilled lamb chops etc. They also make pizzas. Daily specials are mentioned on the board. Desserts include puddings, creme caramel etc. They can make the dishes gluten free. Thyme is open for lunch and dinner. Closed on Sunday and Monday. 1 Cataract Hill, Paget. Phone: (441) 236-1379.
The cafe is located inside Masterworks Art Museum in Botanical Gardens, Paget. There is inside dining and an outside patio with nice views of the gardens. They make snacks like sandwiches, jerk chicken, wraps, paninis etc.
You can dine inside watching the busy Front Street or go upstairs at the open terrace (Skybar) where tables are laid out in a relaxed environment with lovely views of the harbor. Other than soups, salads and appetizers (like fritters, scallops, chicken ravioli, shrimps etc), they serve nice fish dishes (try the pan seared rockfish), meat (try out black rum and pineapple BBQ beef rib or rack of lamb), pastas (assorted seafood is good or Italian meatballs) etc. Muse is located on Front Street close to the Ferry Terminal. They are open Monday through Saturday, and serve lunch and dinner (no lunch on Saturdays). On Friday happy hours, DJ plays music on the roof top terrace. Note: Muse was once the Penthouse Restaurant & Bar in 1960s. 17 Front Street. Email: [email protected]
This is an Italian restaurant located inside the Clocktower Mall. Other than cruise ship passengers, you will find many locals here as well. The menu is quite extensive and includes range of salads, soups, pastas, Jerk chicken wraps, several preparations on lamb, beef, chicken etc and of course Pizzas (good varieties, you can even customize your own). Try out one of the frozen drink specials like limoncello and grappa. If you are into coffee, you have choices of Italian, Jamaican, Irish and even Mexican coffee. Overall a great place.
Bonefish is located at a very prominent place in the dockyard and a short walk from the cruise piers and near the tour booths. It has a large open patio with tables and umbrellas, a veranda next to the road and also inside dining. You can watch the cruise ships and the water of Great Sound from the open areas. Overall the vibe and the atmosphere is great. They make excellent seafood, homemade pasta, steaks etc. Draft beer is available. During the high season, there is usually live entertainment like DJ, local talents playing Spanish guitar etc.
Although it has indoor dining, the best part is its open air patio dining under the shades of umbrellas. Food includes freshly baked items, salads, soups, sandwiches, tea/coffee, drinks including beer, wine, island cocktails like Dark n' Stormy, Rum Swizzle etc and others. Theymake excellent pastries and gluten free cakes (including customized cakes for occasions etc). 12 Dockyard Terrace, Royal Naval Dockyard. Phone: (441) 232-2253.
Glaze Bakery & Cafe
(Hamilton, Front Street)
They have taken over this location from Buzz Cafe. It's located at the 2nd floor of Brown & Co. Nice pastries and bakery items, and great coffee all at moderate prices. 35 Front Street, Hamilton.
(Hamilton) X Closed
This is a nice cafe (essentially a coffee shop) located on a quiet alley (Chancery lane) off Front Street. It's locals favorite. There are couple of tables outside for outdoor seating. You get great view of the harbor from the upper floor. The cafe is known for different types of coffee it offers, sandwiches and wraps, paninis. It serves breakfast and daily lunch specials. You can read newspaper or work on your laptop using the free wifi. Nice soft music plays at the background.
(St. George) X Closed in August 2017
An air-conditioned relaxing cafe in St. George offering items on Fair Trade - great value for money. Try a wrap with a filling of tomato, cheese and bacon, have an iced cappuccino or try out the strawberry banana smoothie ... all are excellent. If you have your laptop, the wi-fi is there to chat with your friends or catch up with your emails. Cozy seating arrangement makes you feel more relaxed. The cafe is located on York Street.
(Hamilton) X Closed
Menu is inspired by the fares from Southeastern US. They are known for their extensive wine list offered at fair price. It's located on Victoria Street (and hence the name) and close to the main bus terminal in Hamilton.
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