One can't imagine going on vacation and not treating themselves to some of the best sweets a country has to offer. Whether it would be breakfast, coffee or dessert, all travelers need that fulfillment and Bermuda meets all expectations. On one hand, Bermuda is a tiny island and it can sometimes be hard to find that go-to bakery or restaurant. It wouldn't be fair to keep all these delicious spots to ourselves. Therefore, treat yourself to some of the places listed below the next time you stop off in Bermuda:
But First, Coffee:
Devils Isle: (pictured above)
If you have read our previous blog on Bermuda’s Food Scene, you will realize that we have a slight obsession with this restaurant. Ok, perhaps much more than that! We had the courtesy to come here on two occasions for breakfast and a late lunch. We had some sort of an attachment to this place because it reminded us of New York. It’s trendier in comparison to all other Bermuda restaurants. Many locals flock here to pick up their morning java before heading out to work. We ordered a latte and needless to say it was right on point.
CV Café & Conscious Vibes:
This little gem is hidden below the bus stop in St George. CV Café provides an excellent choice of breakfast sandwiches and is well known for their coffees and smoothies. They also focus on organic and fair trade products. It’s also equipped with many cozy chairs, couches and tables where you can read a book from their own small library or the old red phone booth outside.
Sweettravelers tip: CV Café also serves ice cream. Therefore, make sure to stop by on a very warm day.
Rock Island Cafe:
Bermuda is not exactly an island scattered with coffee shops. We would in fact say that Rock Island Café is probably the only one of its kind here. As you step in, you will find many locals and tourists alike enjoying and talking over a great cup of coffee. This café is tastefully decorated with some fun local art and is a comfortable retreat from the city. It’s a lovely place to enjoy great coffee and fresh pastries.
The best things in life are Sweet:
Situated right beside the Ferry Terminal is this busy café/bakery, popular among both tourists and locals. They carry a great assortment of fresh baked pastries, sandwiches and coffees. In addition, they offer a great choice from hot to cold drinks to choose from. Due to its popularity and its very convenient location, Dangelinis is busy on a regular basis and can be difficult to find a table. If you’re in a hurry, grab a few snacks before heading out to the ferry. You can also take them to Albuoy’s Point to eat at the picnic tables and enjoy the fabulous views of the harbour.
Sweetravelers tip: Be prepared to wait in line or arrive earlier if you’re planning on catching the ferry. The staff is quite quick with their service though.
Sweet Saak Bakery:
If you’re walking around the Old Town of St George and manage to get swept up by a sweet aroma, then you’re most likely near Sweet Saak Bakery. Right across from St Peter’s Church stands this very well-known bakery for their delicious cinnamon buns. It’s a little unassuming place, so make sure to not miss it when looking for it or simply follow the scent. Their scones and cinnabuns are a must! Take a break from sightseeing or pick up a few baked goods and bring them along as snacks to Tobacco Bay beach.
Sweettravelers tip: Their famous cinnabuns are not offered daily, please look into their website for more info. www.sweetsaak.com
Miles Market is actually not a bakery or café, but rather a high-end grocery store renown all over the island. It is of a short distance of The Fairmont Hamilton Princess and Rosedon Hotel. The market offers a large selection of meats, fish and specialty items if you’re planning to cook indoors. We found our way here for their coffee bar and dessert counter. Surprisingly, the pastries we selected were so fresh and relatively cheap compared to rest of the island and among our favourite.
The Dockyard Pastry Shop:
Situated in the heart of the Royal Naval Dockyard is the lovely Dockyard Pastry Shop. They offer a light breakfast and lunch menu with an assortment of fresh made pastries. Even though seating can be limited, we loved the fact it's a small café with a warm, laid back atmosphere. It was unquestionably another one of our favourite choice of bakeries.
Sweettravelers tip: Make sure you make at least one stop here during your trip!
The Bermuda Rum Cake Company:
This is not exactly a bakery, but a must stop for those who want to take a piece of Bermuda’s sweets home with them. Bermuda is very well known for their rum alcohol and rum cakes. So what better way to recount your tails to friends and family while serving this popular local treat? True, the cakes are quite expensive. However, they’re prepared on location with fresh ingredients and local rum. They offer a variety of flavours, but the Rum Swizzle should always be the classic choice.
Sweetravelers tip: These rum cakes make great souvenirs.
It’s all about Ice Cream:
Meltdown Ice Cream:
We discovered this place while staying in Hamilton. It can easily be missed as it’s tucked away in Old Cellar Lane on Front Street. We must point out that it's definitely worth the effort to find this place, especially on a warm day. It’s a very small counter shop that offers homemade ice cream with specialty Bermudian flavours. Take a break and enjoy some of the best ice cream on the island. Keep it simple or try their delicious Dark n Stormy or Rum Swizzle if you want to try a real taste of Bermuda. Surely Meltdown is a great pit stop if you’re planning to shop while visiting Hamilton.
Bailey’s Bay Ice Cream:
A true identity to Bermuda is Bailey’s Bay Ice Cream, an institution that has been around for decades. It’s located across the Swizzle Inn and next door to the Crystal Caves. The ice cream is entirely made on the premise and is distributed throughout the island. Need we say more?
Sweettravelers tip: Make sure to plan half a day here, as you can visit the Caves, eat at the Swizzle Inn and enjoy ice cream at Bailey’s Bay Ice Cream all in the same day. In fact, we suggest you to try and plan this itinerary on a rainy day preferably.
Leave room for Dessert:
This restaurant had been mentioned in our Bermuda Food Blog. We spent a morning at Elbow Beach and trekked all the way down the main road to eat at Paraquet. A fellow Bermudian food blogger suggested to leave room for dessert here. We ate a nice meal, but their homemade Meringue Pie and Milkshake left us completely speechless!
Tribe Road Kitchen:
This little restaurant is off the beaten path in Hamilton. Some online reviews are not favourable to this restaurant, particularly with the service. Despite the negative reviews, we still had a great experience and really enjoyed our breakfast here. A little pricy, however the plates came rather full. We almost had no space for their famous maple bacon donut. We had to wait a few minutes after our meal to thoroughly enjoy this dessert. It was quite a treat!
Find your way to all these wonderful places by following our road map below: