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St Maarten Cuisine
 
 
 

St Maarten's cuisine subscribes to the general diversity of its people, revealing touches of the French,
who have shared the island for more than 350 years, and the Spanish.

The cuisines of St Maarten and the neighbouring St Martin are famous for their wide selection of
continental and Creole dishes. The dishes are invariably a mix of traditional Dutch and Creole styles of
cooking. In fact, they are pretty much similar to other popular West Indian dishes. A popular drink in
St Maarten is 'guavaberry' (or rumberry), a folk liqueur made from the local fruit of the same name.
Earlier, the concoction was prepared by housewives. The berries are rare and mostly found in the
lush green hills at the centre of the island. Consequently, the drink is much valued and very popular.
Also, delicious tarts are made from guavaberries.

Other St Maarten specialities include sugar cakes, scones, potato-pudding and coconut pies. A staple
among the islanders is the callaloo soup – a delectable preparation of spinach, chicken stock, beef
and crab meat.

 

 
 

 



 


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