Travel Like a Local, Eat Like a Local: Experience Lolos in St. Martin

Anse Marcel Beach, photo courtesy of Donovane Tremor
Lolo’s are at the heart of the culinary experience in St. Martin and are a must when you visit the island. What is a Lolo, you may ask? They are low cost, local outdoor eateries that offer a casual and authentic dining style. Many of them feature music that complements the ambience, making Lolos the perfect setting for a lively night out. Most of them can be found in the Grand Case area and on the waterfront in the capital of Marigot. They serve fresh food prepared daily and although specialties differ from Lolo to Lolo most feature fresh fish, lobster, ribs and chicken with a multitude of side dishes.
It would be so enriching to do at least one thing on a vacation that allows you to experience the destination you’re in like a local and to see the true and authentic charm of the place. While in St. Martin, the best way to do this is to eat at a Lolo. No need to research all the Lolo’s in St. Martin – we’ve done it for you.
The Lolo's of Grand Case:
Sky's the Limit
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This Lolo is a local and tourist favourite and appears on St. Martin destination guides. Owner Jackeline and her husband started the business 18 years ago offering up everything from Creole conch and the red snapper dishes to the most popular BBQ chicken and rib dishes that are accompanied by endless side options of rice, fried plantains, coleslaw and more. It is located along the beach, so be sure to grab a spot at a picnic table, enjoy the sound of waves crashing in the background and enjoy a cold refreshment to wash down the amazing food! And Jackeline’s specialty? Johnny Cakes…”everybody goes crazy for these here” and many visit her Lolo just for them! Sky’s the Limit is located along the beach, so be sure to grab a spot at a picnic table, enjoy the sound of waves crashing in the background and enjoy a cold refreshment to wash down the amazing food!
Cynthia's Talk of the Town
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Talk of the Town is a Lolo often recommended to tourists by locals when visiting the island; once visitors eat here, they rave about it and deem it a must-visit while in St. Martin. Talk of the Town has a great ambiance, tasty food and friendly staff. As soon you step into this Lolo you are immediately greeted and welcomed with the friendly island charm known to St. Martin. Talk of the Town is beachside, houses various picnic tables, with live music playing and the BBQ is always going. It is a very casual but extremely delicious dining choice. Once you smell the food cooking and see everything on the menu you will have a hard time narrowing down a choice…trust me!
If you’re looking for an unforgettable meal, then this is the Lolo for you. It offers up a range of BBQ items including rib and chicken dishes, coconut shrimp, chicken wings and amazing sides to choose from! This quaint Lolo has a great view of the beach and a lovely atmosphere for you to enjoy as you savour your meal. The staff at this Lolo emulate the people of St. Martin, friendly, always smiling and very helpful. You’ll be drawn in from the street by the great smell of food and it’ll be so good you may have to order a second plate!
Ribs Shack Lolo
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This Lolo is located right on the beach with a view overlooking the ocean. Here you can enjoy BBQ food with the sea breeze on you. It is a great spot for a quick lunch or a meal after a long day relaxing on the beach. This Lolo serves freshly cooked fish, shrimp, ribs, fried plantains, johnny cakes and more. And you will not be disappointed with the quantity or quality of food here. Here you will find a laidback atmosphere with authentic Caribbean cuisine – a relaxing dining experience. This is an island must and will not disappoint! 
Au Coin Des Amis
This Lolo is a down to earth experience also on the beach. It serves up local French Caribbean cuisine with a full menu of options. Like the other Lolo’s, its menu is full of BBQ options including, red snapper, chicken, stuffed crab and conch stew. The food and drinks here will exceed your expectations and there is nothing better. It is a simple atmosphere but a great experience! You will fall in love with the food, service and the view here.
The Lolo's of Marigot:
Rosemary’s is a truly authentic experience in St. Martin and was made famous by Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain wrote about it while recapping his culinary experiences in one of his favourite places to escape it all: St. Martin. Rosemary’s has a variety of dishes to choose from, including spicy jerk chicken and ribs, stewed conch and fried fish, to name a few. It is located near the “Gare Maritime” ferry terminal, on the waterfront in Marigot and is truly a must-visit while in St. Martin.
Cisca's Delicacy
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You can’t visit the island without tasting the amazing offerings at this Lolo! If you’re looking for authentic island food then this the place for you. This Lolo offers up true local flavour, delicious selections, and great portions. It is located on the water so you will feel the amazing ocean breeze as you enjoy your food on a hot day. With friendly staff, a great atmosphere, and excellent food, there is no reason not to make a stop at Cisca’s!
Chez Coco
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This is a great Lolo to visit to experience local life on the island! It has a great diversity of delicious food and cannot be beat! The staff here are friendly and look forward to helping you enjoy authentic Caribbean food. The portions here are large so you will get more than your money’s worth and it will be impossible to leave hungry. It is a must-visit to experience excellent food, great views, karaoke night and an unforgettable atmosphere!
Sandy's Creole Cuisine
This Lolo is a not so hidden gem located in St. Martin. It is located in a great place: near the waterfront and beside a busy market, so you get to experience the beautiful oceanfront as you see locals going about their day. It is truly an authentic way for tourists to experience the island life of St. Martin. This Lolo serves up classic creole cuisine, be sure to try the fresh fish, seafood platter, jerk ribs, or BBQ chicken. Be sure to visit this quaint Lolo with its bright colourful tablecloths for excellent food and great friendly service. And make sure you bring your appetite…you will need it!

About St. Martin
St. Martin is a charming, scenically beautiful island. It’s the smallest territory to be shared between two nations (France and The Netherlands), and home to over a hundred different nationalities and cultures. Surrounded by both the Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea, this small 88 square kilometre island is a paradise for beach lovers. Being the undisputed capital of gastronomy, St. Martin not only offers a blend of traditional French cuisine, but as well innovative gourmet cuisine from around the world. With its lavish, unspoiled landscapes and idyllic beaches, St. Martin embodies the true spirit of vacation. This “Friendly Island”, as it’s often referred to, is bursting with treasures for gourmets, hikers, adventurers and dreamers alike.

From hotels to resorts to boutique properties to beautiful villas, St. Martin’s hilly topography ensures beautiful views from the hills as well as on its beautiful shores.

It’s vibrant setting and tropical climate pleasantly cooled by trade winds year-round makes this island your ideal destination, whether you wish to relax, explore or get active, alone, with a loved one, family or friends. Here, you’ll find all the right ingredients for an unforgettable stay on one of the most enchanting islands of the Caribbean.

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