While staying in Jamaica I wanted to make sure to try out as much of the local cuisine as possible! Having both boys with us who were only 4 and 2 at the time meant that we had to opt for family friendly joints unless we wanted a few side eyes and ‘DON’T TOUCH THAT IT LOOKS EXPENSIVE!’ moments!
So here are 3 family friendly places to eat in Jamaica that you really must try if you’re ever on the island!
1- Miss T’s Kitchen
Situated in Ocho Rios, Miss T’s is a tranquil haven – a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the main road that it is quietly tucked behind!
The garden is beautiful with lush tropical flowers and the best part – a play area for kids!
The vibe is really chilled out and relaxed with armchairs on the veranda and plenty of space for the kids to run free.
Decor wise it’s traditional Jamaican, lots of dark wood with bright coloured furnishings and lots of fun signs and pieces of art to catch your eye!
They cater to children perfectly with mini tables, plastic wine glasses, fun placemats and napkins!
The food was really lush; they have 3 veggie options and I went for the Chickpea Stack which consisted of chickpeas curried in coconut milk, stacked with fried ripe plantains.
The boys opted for fried chicken and chips – a firm favourite there and I just loved how authentic and home cooked each meal was! They also had plenty of meat and fish options at a really reasonable price!
2 – Sharkies
Right on the beach of Runaway Bay, Sharkies is the perfect chill out spot for families! We went once Jaspers chickenpox had scabbed over so we did get some odd looks from fellow diners (even though he wasn’t contagious anymore) but the staff were super friendly, the food was scrummy and the view was just beautiful! While we waited for the food and once we’d finished we let the boys play on the beach and it couldn’t have felt any more Caribbean!
3 – Scotchies
A true sign of a great place to eat is whether the locals eat there and Scotchies is definitely a go-to for the locals! It’s known for it’s mouth watering jerk chicken and traditional vibe and what I loved is that the Ocho Rios location is situated off the main road next to a petrol station … not the most scenic but once inside it’s a garden of huts and greenery and you could quite honestly be in the middle of the jungle – magic!
The open kitchen gives it a really authentic vibe, you can see the racks of pork and chicken being slow-cooked on the corrugated metal (not for the anti-meat eaters) and I just loved seeing the chefs getting to work with their secret sauces!
There were of course plenty of meat-free options; I went for festival, breadfruit, corn and sweet potato which were all delicious! Everything is served in foil and paper plates under separate huts – it’s very no fuss!
While they don’t have a play area for the kids they do have a lot of greenery for them to run around which is fab – Jenson was asleep in his stroller but Jasper loved exploring and watching the guys get to work in the kitchen!
I hope you found this useful and will check Miss T’s, Sharkies and Scotchies if you’re ever on the island! Do let me know how you get on and if you have any others to add!
Thanks for reading,