Destination: St. Barth's
Given the size of St. Barth’s, the options for dining are staggering. You’ll find gourmet French food worthy of Paris—with prices to match. In fact, many of the chefs are flown in for the season. But even the best restaurants, such as Bonito, On the Rocks and L’Isola, are unpretentious and fun, as popular with locals as with visitors when it comes to celebrating a special occasion. Travelers looking for a less pricey meal can join islanders at neighborhood places like Do Brazil, on Shell Beach; Le Select and Eddy’s, where juicy cheeseburgers and cold beer replace the foie gras and rosé of the more elegant establishments. People here can be heard to say, “You haven’t been to St. Barth’s if you haven’t been to Maya’s,” and they have a point. Although the food is not the island’s best, Maya’s is a classic for a reason, and you must eat there once.
TIP: For early risers, there’s a great breakfast scene on the island. Croissants are baked fresh daily; La Petite Colombe, La Crèperie and Maya’s To Go open early and seduce with the aroma of delicious pastries and coffee. And whether you take a picnic to the beach or on a boat, or reserve at one of the beachfront restaurants, lunch should be lingered over.
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