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Self-catering in St James area

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Self-catering in St James area

Hi everyone,

we are finally heading to Barbados in one week (after having to reschedule over a year ago) and staying in the St James/Paynes Bay area in an apartment. Can anyone give me the best places to go for self-catering? I know about the supercenter and we plan to order just a bit ahead of time for the first day or so. We want to rent a car to explore, but are debating renting it for 4 days vs a whole week. Is it much more convenient to have a car? We will have our 2.5 year old son with us if that makes any difference. Are there any veg and fruit stands or markets in or around this area or where is the best place to get local produce? And are there any inexpensive places for takeout that are good? Thanks so much!

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1. Re: Self-catering in St James area

Bus from Paynes Bay to Holetown is just a really short ride - about 8 /10 mins or so - inexpensive $2.00 Bajan -i.e. $1.00 US - per person per ride - take you to middle of Holetown - supercentre - has good take out in its deli section. Take out from a fancy store called PoshNosh by the KFC - take out also from Patisserie Flindt (has pies and quiches etc. as well as super French bread, croissants etc and gateaux) - lunch truck parks around midday on the road between supercentre and the KFC - Holetown also has fast food restaurant Just Grillin - loads of different restaurants all sorts of price ranges. - Vegetable ladies sell on the street by Sandy Crest Medical clinic - also across the road from Discovery Bay hotel (sm. stand) - there is a food /fresh produce market up Holders hill - close to where you will be staying on a Saturday

Wouldn't think you'd want a car for a whole week - few days should be ample - enjoy

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Holders Hill Market is every Sunday from 9-2. Check out Cheryl's food truck just down from Sunset Crest Mall, across from Cafe Italia and near the First Caribbean Bank. When facing the Mall, turn right to find her. The take out at Supercentre isn't very good these days. We've checked it out a couple of times and the selection was poor, and some looked dried out. But the Supercentre is the best place for everything else in groceries. We are just north of Holetown and take the bus everywhere. So convenient, cheap, and beats driving ourselves. Check out The Roti Den in Payne's Bay - good food and reasonable too.

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We bought an excellent BBQ chicken from the Supercentre the day before Christmas (I don't cook for the holiday! - ) - absolutely nothing wrong with it at all - it was moist and juicy and tender. So I highly recommend their BBQ chicken for a take out cold chicken dinner at 'home' - just don't choose one that has been sitting around in the warming cabinet for ages and is dried out!!! :)

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Yes - I am in error - meant to say - Farmers Market on Sunday (not Saturday)

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5. Re: Self-catering in St James area

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Reading your post and seeing that you have a 2 year old, then I would recommend you to hire a car for the week.

You can get very good rates at the moment with MAH Rentals.

Yes, it is cheap, and it is great fun to use the local buses .... but not with a two year old! The buses can sometimes be jammed pack depending on the time of day. Your toddler will not be used to the heat also and it could all be a bit stressful with a toddler and shopping!

It will also be alot easier for you to get out and see more of the island if you have a car.

On to the food in Paynes Bay ..... Connies road side stall is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening for great local fish take away, she also does chicken and other meats.

Karizma restaurant/bar is on the road side in Paynes Bay and also serves good reasonably priced food.

There is also The Roti Den and an Ice cream shop called Sprinkles.

Mr. Vics is nice for an evening meal but that is also roadside and can be quite expensive.

There is a small fish market at Paynes Bay at the southern end of the beach/road.

Fruit and veg can be bought in Holetown, there are a few ladies with stalls directly opposite the Medical centre.

Jordans supermarket in Fitts Village is cheaper than Supercentre in Holetown for your basic groceries and it is probably a bit nearer for you.

For child friendly restaurants to eat I would suggest Zaccios, Just Grillin, Surfside, Cafe Carizma and Spagos ... all in Holetown.

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Sounds as though the budget might be a bit tight - so that is why suggested only the 4 days for a car rather than a whole week. - If you travel by bus - don't do it at times that kids are going school or coming home, - don't do it at rush hour as folks need to get to work. - but later in the morning it is normally OK - not a huge distance anyway toHoletown - but you'll be happy for a car to explore.

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Thanks everyone, and for the advice about renting a car for the whole week. i was wondering if it would be easier with a toddler. We normally just use local transport but this is our first big trip with our son so it seems we will be more comfortable with the car for the week. The farmer's market on Saturday sounds great, we will definitely check that out. Glad to know we can find local fruit stands, we love those wherever we go. We will likely use the bus at least once maybe for a short trip but will get a car for most of the time we're there.

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error - Sunday Market not Saturday

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