Nassau is a Surprising Hub for Chic, Laid Back and Unique Cafés
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Nassau, like the rest of The Bahamas, is known for its warm hospitality, stunningly beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, and diverse food scene. But, there are also a number of colorful, fun and distinctly Bahamian cafés and coffee shops brewing up world-class coffees, teas, and hot chocolates, all with a Bahamian flair.
Here are a few that you may not want to miss on your next visit:
Café Channing Noelle: Located in the Caves Village in Western New Providence, this café has a luxurious French aesthetic, exceptional customer service, delicious, fresh made pastries and macaroons flown in directly from France. In addition to serving Starbucks coffee, Channing Noelle also specializes in luxury tea brands that are not offered anywhere else on the island. If you are looking for someplace to feel pampered, enjoy a quiet cup of tea, or enjoy a surprisingly delicious lunch, this is a great option for you. They also offer an Afternoon Tea service with 24 hours notice.
Louis & Steen's New Orleans Coffeehouse: Louis & Steen’s is a family owned café that was opened by several siblings in honor of their grandparents, who originally hailed from New Orleans. This ocean-side gem draws from the colors of Mardi Gras and Junkanoo for their eye catching and vibrant décor. Much like the visual aesthetic, the food and pastries are also inspired by Cajun cuisine, while the owners have carefully sourced the coffees. If you are looking for a relaxing ocean view to enjoy a cup of coffee and a bit of complimentary WiFi, this is the spot for you.
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Bon Vivants: This café is a delectable treat for the eyes! The décor is vibrant, captivating and, in a word – stunning. The attention to detail has resulted in a café that is not only unique, but extremely Instagrammable. Not to be outdone by the breathtaking interior, the café’s menu is extensive and created entirely in house by their barista and mixology teams. At night, the Bon Vivants transforms into a bar with an equally diverse drink menu that reads more like a storybook.
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Café Madeleine at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar: This café is located at the Baha Mar resort and offers classic French cuisine, delicious pastries and desserts – including massive cronuts – and a selection of house-made ice creams, many of which are inspired by Bahamian favorites. Like many of the cafés on this list, the décor and food are beautiful, and you can even get a latte with your image placed on top.
The Library at Rosewood Baha Mar: The Library is one of the few spots on this list that offers a daily Afternoon Tea selection. In addition to being extremely relaxing, with fresh cut flowers placed all around, The Library has a wide selection of Bahamian and international teas to choose from.
Island House Café: The Island House Café is located on the most western point of the island, but it is worth the visit. Stop by for a delicious cup of coffee or tea, and stay for a lovely pastry or a relaxed breakfast/lunch. There are two other restaurants on property - Mahogany House and Shima - as well as the Bahama Handprints retail store and a lovely little wine cellar, so it is recommended to check out the other on-property offerings if you decide to make the trek.
Restaurants Perfect for an Alternative Café Experience
Dune: Dune is located at the Ocean Club Four Seasons Resort. It is technically a higher end, ocean side restaurant and bar, but they also serve a lovely cup of coffee with an unbeatable beachfront view.
Goombay House: Goombay House is neither a café nor a restaurant – it is an interactive, fun and memorable cooking class that serves house-brewed Bahamian iced teas. Class participants who choose their “Issa Brunch Vibe” get to work along with a professional Bahamian chef as they prepare an ever-rotating menu, which many times includes Bahamian classics like Stew Fish, Johnny Cake or Chicken Souse. This is a great alternative if you want to try some Bahamian teas while having a one-of-a kind experience.
Recommended accompaniment: Instead of a simple scone or the standard cookie, opt for a Bahamian pineapple or coconut tart to go with your coffee or tea.
Want some healing with that? Bahamian teas or “bush teas” as they are commonly known, like Fever Grass, Cerasee, and a number of other fresh fruit tree leaves are often used to treat many ailments. These herbal remedies are often grown in yards around the country, and their healing properties have been passed down from generation to generation.
Looking for a uniquely Bahamian gift for a tea lover? There are a number of Bahamian tea brands, which are packaged and/or produced in The Bahamas. Bahleaf, Tasty Teas and the Pasión Tea & Coffee Company are all brands that are readily available in gift shops around Nassau.