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Where to eat and drink

Where to eat and drink

There is a variety of restaurants and pubs on the island. You’ll find that the atmosphere is generally informal and that children are welcome.  Jamestown has a range of restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and take-away establishments. Other eateries and pubs can be found in Half Tree Hollow, Longwood, Bottom Woods and Sandy Bay. There are also a number of mobile catering units in operation.

Please take into account that some restaurants require advance notice. The Tourist Office can help with this information and also make reservations. Please contact us at

As St Helena prepares for the opening of the airport, the number of restaurants and eateries is expected to increase. Please contact the Tourist Office for up-to-date information.

Should you wish to prepare your own meals, supermarkets in Jamestown stock a good variety of groceries. There are also shops in the other districts across the island. Fresh produce and fish is available, at the market, in Jamestown.

If you have the opportunity, do try local St Helenian cooking. Typical dishes reflect the many historical influences of the island: Portuguese, British, Southeast Asian, Malagasy, Chinese and African. Many dishes are variants of international favorites, but you’ll find that “Saints” add their own twist. And it is often a fiery twist, as the islanders like to spice it up! Popular traditional dishes are St Helena fishcakes, battered or grilled tuna, grilled wahoo steak, meat or poultry curries and pilau (called plo locally).