Eating Locally in Philipsburg

Taking the time to experience the culture of a new place is one of the best parts of a vacation, doubly so when you’re visiting the US Virgin Islands. Philipsburg is no different, full of great places to explore while you’re taking it easy in the Caribbean Sea. With wide ranging tastes and plenty full of that famous Caribbean spice, there is plenty to find to sate your curiosity and hunger. Here are a few suggestions we think you shouldn’t miss!

The Jerk and Roti Hut

Roti is a specialty on Sint Maarten, especially on the Dutch side, and makes for a perfect meal! The Jerk and Roti Hut is a great quick stop to find a delicious roti lunch, or many of the other local dishes. You’ll find all types of jerk spiced foods, fresh baked bread, delicious rice and beans, and fresh seafood; all perfect for staying in the Caribbean spirit. Make sure you stop by this great local eatery to get your fill of delicious food, especially after a great day in the surf and sand.

Oasis Food and Drink

A true locals spot, Oasis Food and Drink is not only a great place to grab a bite during the day, but perfect for meeting those who live on the island. Located right on Simpson Bay its easily accessible from Sea Palace, making it the perfect place to experience a local dinner. It is perfect to find yourself hear at night along with the locals who have come to chow down on some oxtail, garlic conch, shrimp, and a larger myriad of Caribbean cuisine staples.

Captain’s Rib Shack

One of the most popular types of food on the island are the saliva inducing ribs you can find, just the smell will send some into a frenzy! Captain’s Rib Shack is one of the most popular, even if it doesn’t look it. It’s a roadside shack, but don’t let that fool you, it is one of the best places to get your fill on an island favorite. You’ll find ribs spiced with that famous Caribbean flavor, delicious and fresh garlic shrimp, and even the delicacy of oxtail. This is the perfect place to totally blow out on some delicious and filling food with the backdrop of the beautiful Caribbean sea.


Sheika’s serves up a great fusion of Dutch, French, and Caribbean cuisines making it the perfect place to find something that tastes like the soul of Sint Maarten. You’ll find things that blend together all of the aspects that truly show the culture of the island in one bit. One of the other great things about Sheika’s is the variety of vegetarian options that they serve up, making it perfect for those wanting the taste of the island’s cuisine but who have a restricted diet!

St. Maarten Pica Pollo

The final place we wanted to recommend is St. Maarten Pica Pollo. The Dominican population living on the island brought over one of their delicious dishes, Pica Pollo. It’s an amazing form of chopped and fried chicken usually served with a side dish of fried plantains. St Maarten Pica Pollo is located nearby, making it the perfect place for a quick lunch or meal. Have a great time eating another of the local’s favorites!