We recommend the infamous Oistins Friday night Fish Fry. It’s an entirely authentic Bajan experience.
You can bet you won’t be on the island very long before someone recommends the infamous Oistins Friday night Fish Fry. It’s a ‘must visit‘ during your stay in Barbados.
Oistins is a historic town located in the parish of Christ Church, on the south coast of Barbados. This quaint little village saw the battle between the Royalists and the Roundheads resulting in the Charter of Barbados (Treaty of Oistins) being drawn up on 11th of January 1652 and then signed between locals and The Crown. From this came the establishment of the Barbadian Parliament – the third oldest in the Commonwealth.
Today, Oistins remains a bustling fishing town, with the Oistins fish market open seven days a week and selling the freshest catch of the day. It is also where the annual Oistins Fish Festival is held and is home to the beautiful Oistins Beach.
The town has a unique charm and is locally renowned as a lively Friday night hotspot.
From around 6 pm onwards, locals and visitors alike come together in Oistins to enjoy some of the freshly cooked fish, sample the local rum and enjoy the party vibes and music. There are shacks lined up next to the fish market selling newly grilled fish, salad, and the traditional Bajan dish of macaroni pie, amongst other things.
Oistins is a no-frills experience, but one bound to leave a lasting impression – seating is on picnic benches dotted around the car park, entertainment is free, and the food is cheap – around BBD 25 per plate.