Disclaimer: I was provided a free ticket to take the Tru Bahamian Food Tour. I did purchase the other 5 tickets for the family members within my party. All opinions are my own.
Within the past 15 months I have visited Nassau, Bahamas three times. I knew that this time around I wanted to do something different than the usual snorkeling, boat and beach excursions. I was reading on the Cruise Critic message boards about a walking food tour called Tru Bahamian. It sounded exactly like something I’d love to do since I love eating and hearing the history behind foods. I stopped over at TripAdvisor to read what others had to say over there and was very impressed with the reviews. I talked to my family, especially my mother-in-law, as she has difficulties walking long distances. She’s okay with standing for long periods of time and walking short distances, so I contacted the company to find out what the longest stretch of path would be. They assured me that there wasn’t any long routes and that they would make a note to avoid any stairs or hills. With that information in hand, I went ahead and booked our tickets.
Our cruise boat docked in Nassau early in the morning and our tour didn’t start until 11:30am so we decided to not rush off the ship and sleep in a little before hitting land. You’ll see later on that it wasn’t a good decision. The meeting spot was only a few blocks up the street at a cute little church (which by the way has a geocache hidden in the fence, if you’re a geocacher). We meet our tour guide and the other members of the tour party. There were 13 of us. Our tour guide, Murry, was very friendly and let us all know that he had rain ponchos in his backpack in case it rains. He shared some history with us of the island, passed out a map of the route we’d be taking and off we went to our first stop.
Our first stop was at the Bahamian Kitchen (Bahamian Cookin).
We first started off with some Conch Fritters. There were three on the plate but my husband ate them faster than I could take a photo.
My daughter and I don’t like seafood so they prepared us some potato salad instead. One person in our group has a gluten allergy and they accommodated him also. Just make sure you let them know when you book your tickets if you have any special dietary concerns.
After our appetizer, we indulged in some pulled chicken, macaroni and cheese, fried plantains, rice and coleslaw. It was a great introduction and my favorite stop.
I loved the decor on the walls and the story that our tour guide shared about Junkanoo and the celebrations they have on the island.
Our next stop was to a chocolatier. One I’d been dreaming of since I purchased the tickets.
Along the way, we passed a really nice hotel with a swimming pool that you can purchase a day pass to, a cigar humidor, a pizzeria and some trees that were labeled with the type they were. One of them was a nutmeg tree – our tour guide handed us a piece of the leaves to rub between our fingers and smell. It was amazing how much it smelled like nutmeg. Later on we saw a black peppercorn tree also.
This stop was very challenging for my mother-in-law. Although we were told they would avoid stairs, this path included stairs to show us the hotel and cigar company – both places that we didn’t sample any food at. They could have been avoided. The tour guide did recommend that my in-laws take a different route than the rest of the group and meet us at the chocolate store, which is what they did. I felt bad that they had to take a different path and wish our whole group would have just taken the shorter path.
Next we went to a Euro Restaurant called, Van Breugel’s Bistro and Bar. On the way, we stopped by the “White House” of the Bahamas. Again, we encountered unnecessary stairs. The tour was suppose to avoid these and they weren’t part of the actual food places we went to.
Murray, talking about their government.
A great view of the Cruise Ships from the top of the hill.
Van Breugel’s Bistro and Bar’s stop was on the second floor of the restaurant (another flight of stairs to climb). We enjoyed some spicy tomato soup – it was delicious.
After the last couple of stops and all the stairs, my in-laws decided to skip the next stop so they could rest.
Our next stop was to a retail store that sold Bahamian Products. We sampled some hot sauces and teas. I loved the tea and wanted to buy some but we were told at the beginning of our tour that we don’t have time to make any purchases at any of the stops and we’d need to go back. Unfortunately, we ran out of time before we had to get back to the ship that I never returned to buy any. Thankfully, they did have some for sale in one of the booths inside the cruise terminal building.
Pure Caribbean Store
We then had a very short walk to a greek restaurant, Athena Cafe and Bar. This stop was also upstairs (jewelry store downstairs) but they were kind enough to set up a table and chairs for my in-laws downstairs so they could enjoy this stop. (sorry I forgot to take a photo at this stop).
Our last stop was at the Rum Cake store where we sampled a piece of plain rum cake. Again, I really wanted to purchase some cakes but we were running about 1 1/2 hours behind schedule and we needed to get back to the ship. Originally we were hoping to shop at the Straw Market and maybe even go through the Pirate Museum but with the food tour running late, we had to skip right back to the boat.
Overall I really enjoyed the Food Tour. I was concerned with the price but felt we had a nice variety of food options. My husband was excited to try conch and I loved that they catered to my non-seafood diet. Feedback I’d like to give the owners – if you have someone in your group who has some disabilities, alter your route. Although I enjoyed hearing some of the history behind the Bahamas, I was on a food tour, not a Bahamas history tour. I think some general remarks could be made and then if anyone wanted more information they could talk to the tour guide while we walked to the next stop. I know that having my mother-in-law in the group slowed things down but not 90 minutes worth. Going longer than anticipated definitely put a damper on our overall stop in Nassau.
I would recommend this tour if you are able to walk and climb stairs without any issues and if you have at least 4 hours.