Not sure where to dine in Saint Martin? FTF has a few restaurant ideas for your family.
There are many quality restaurants to choose from on both sides of the island of St. Maarten/St. Martin. While it’s risky business to recommend, here are a few places I’m happy to vouch for:
Sunset Beach Bar, Airport Beach, 599/545-3998
Located directly on the beach, this popular oceanic bar/restaurant is the best seat in the house to watch the planes land at the nearby Princess Juliana Airport. Drinks are cheap, and you can order burgers, sandwiches, steaks, fish, chicken, shrimp, and hot dogs from an outdoor charcoal grill. The real draw is sundown (usually beginning around 6:30pm), when “shooters of the day” cost only $1 each.
Kangaroo Court, downtown Philipsburg, 599/542-7557
Simple and unpretentious, this cafe and sandwich shop is set on a side street between Front and Back streets, adjacent to the courthouse. The site of an old salt-weighing station, the thick 200-year-old walls crafted of black stone are among the oldest in town. Tables sit beneath a huge almond tree, surrounded by Caribbean-style doors and shutters and painted in vibrant Creole colors. The food, especially the salads, is imaginative and plentiful, but the coffee and pastries are the real draw.
Le Pressoir, Grande-Case, St. Martin, 590/87-7662
This attractive bistro which occupies a charming, old-fashioned Creole house painted yellow and blue features a combination of old and new French cuisine that has a health balance of both meats and fresh seafood on its menu. The restaurant’s signature dish combines very fresh grilled shellfish and fish in a stew pot with beurre blanc.
Temptation, Cupecoy, 599-545-2254
Located in the St. Maarten Lowlands, in the Atlantis Casino complex, this “Manhattan-in-the tropics” restaurant is exactly as its name implies – – a temptation that is uniquely tantalizing. Featuring a softly lit dining room that is fashionable, yet romantic and soothing, Temptations offers guests live piano music every night except Sunday. The menu, evenly balanced between meats and fresh seafood, offers mouth-watering flavors that will spoil your taste buds forever.
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