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An Insider's Guide to Nassau

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An Insider's Guide to Nassau

One of the best things about visiting a new part of the world is the opportunity to live like a local for a few days. Visiting quirky neighborhoods, trying different restaurants, discovering hidden gems – exploring a new city is an exciting experience. And Nassau is no exception! Packed with fantastic places to eat, drink, and sightsee, it’s a vibrant, fun city to discover.

We’ve asked some current and former Nassau residents about their favorite spots in the city. Read on for their recommendations, and get ready to experience Nassau like a local during your Bahamas vacation!

What’s your favorite place to have dinner in Nassau?

Work up an appetite before you arrive in Nassau, because there’s no shortage of restaurants to satisfy your palate! Some local favorite eateries include Nobu for dazzling sushi dishes and Olives Meze Grill on Cable Beach for Mediterranean-inspired meals. A new restaurant that locals are loving is Wild Thyme, located on East Bay Street, where you can enjoy decadent steak, seafood, and an authentic Bahamian dessert you’re sure to love: guava duff!

What’s the best place to get a drink in Nassau?

In need of a little refreshment? There are plenty of spots around town to grab a glass of your favorite wine, beer, or a one-of-a-kind cocktail. Located at Baha Mar, Swimming Pig Pub serves a wide variety of beers and other beverages as well as creative appetizers that are perfect for sharing – try the lobster quesadilla! For the best mojitos in the city, head to the stylish Halcyon bar on Charlotte Street in downtown Nassau.

Where is Nassau’s most Instagrammable spot?

Make sure you bring your phone along while you explore Nassau since there’s no shortage of Instagram-worthy backdrops and views! The souvenirs and crafts at the Straw Market on Cable Beach will make for a colorful snapshot, and photos of the delicious dishes at the Green Parrot on Bay Street will make your friends drool! The impressive architecture and gorgeous grounds at both Atlantis and Grand Hyatt Baha Mar provide plenty of photo inspiration.

Grand Hyatt pool in Nassau, Bahamas
The stunning pool at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas

Where do you like to go on date night in Nassau?

A romantic dinner, an exciting night out, or a leisurely stroll hand-in-hand – Nassau is packed with perfect places to spend an evening with that special someone, no matter what kind of date you prefer.

For an elegant dinner, try Dune at The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas, where the sunset views are incredible. Mahogany House restaurant, located at the Island House Resort, serves world-renowned wines and a Mediterranean-inspired menu featuring fresh local fish. Marina Village at Atlantis is a great place to enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants, then grab a coffee or an ice cream cone, take a walk, and watch the sun set.   

Marina Village, Atlantis Paradise Island
Atlantis' Marina Village is a great place for an evening meal and a stroll.

What’s the best place for a great view of the city?

The stately British Colonial Hilton Hotel boasts stunning views of both the city and the sea – you can spend hours here! You can also climb to the top of Bennet’s Hill, where the view from Fort Fincastle takes in much of Nassau Paradise Island. Another great vantage point is the top of Paradise Island Bridge – from here, you’ll see much of Nassau’s colorful waterfront.

What’s one local attraction you always tell people to visit?

Depending on your interests, there are plenty of local attractions in Nassau to keep everyone busy! History buffs will love to explore Fort Fincastle, Fort Montagu, and Fort Charlotte. Nassau’s forts date back to the 1700s and provide an engrossing step back in time to a tumultuous period in the city’s history.

If you’re interested in art and culture, a visit to the National Art Gallery is a must. With an impressive permanent collection and temporary galleries featuring works by internationally-recognized artists, the gallery is centrally located in downtown Nassau and costs just $5 to visit.

Fish Fry at Arawak Cay, Nassau
The Fish Fry at Arawak Cay is beloved by locals and visitors alike.

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Stop by Graycliff Chocolatier Factory to see gourmet chocolates being made and try your hand at creating your own confections. Of course, no trip to Nassau Paradise Island is complete without a stop at the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay, a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike.

Now that you’re ready to experience Nassau like a local, start planning your Bahamas vacation today. You might need an extra day to fit in all these activities!