On Friday evenings, there is only one place to be when you are in Barbados – Oistins!
Just south of Bridgetown, Oistins is a fishermen’s village which turns into the most lively spot on the island at the weekend. Food, music, dancing, head to Oistins Fish Fry and you are in for a great night!
Getting there is an adventure too! Head to the closest bus stop to your hotel and wait for one of the small vans to stop. You read that right, you won’t actually take the official public transport, nope! You will board the first private van honking at you with the driver yelling ‘Oistins????’. I know it seems weird but just embrace it. A lot of locals provide public transport with their own vans. It is how most of the Bajans travel between towns and it is very cheap!
Once in Oistins, just follow the people and the music and you will find your way to the big food market.
There, get lost in the alleyways to find your preferred dinner option. Most food stalls offer very similar menus made of various fish, plantains (my favourite!), rice and beans. It is simple and delicious!
Grab a sit, order food and a fresh beer and enjoy people watching while eating flavoursome Bajan food.
When done with your dinner, go explore the market beer in hand. In Oistins, you will find many places to buy souvenirs.
Also, make sure to swing by the domino and card players. In a corner of the market, you will find many locals playing games. The atmosphere is very lively as some players can get a little too competitive, but everyone is in good spirit.
End your evening by the stage where you will see some of the best local dancers. They all had impressive moves so Andrew and I got a little too intimidated to join and sat at a table close by with a rum punch.
The blissful and joyful Barbados life at its best!