Top things to do

Top Choice Bahamian in Nassau

Fish Fry

The colorful village of conch stands, bars, jerk joints and seafood restaurants at Arawak Cay, known collectively as the 'Fish Fry', is one of Nassau's great experiences. Come for conch salad, fried chicken wings, f…
Top Choice Factory in Nassau

Graycliff Cigar Co

Wandering into this cigar factory is like falling into 1920s Cuba. In a narrow, smoke-yellowed room with old-fashioned mosaic floors, up to 16 torcedores (cigar rollers) are busy at work, their fingers a blur as the…
Top Choice Museum in Nassau

Pirates of Nassau

Don’t even try to ignore the pirate pacing outside the museum: like any seafaring ruffian worth his peg leg, he had you in his sights the moment you turned the corner. But that’s OK – with its scale replica of the p…
Top Choice Italian in Nassau

Café Matisse

Hidden among downtown Nassau's historic government buildings, this dignified Italian is a delightful alternative to the nearby cruise-ship and duty-free scene. Grab a patio table in good weather and let professional…
Top Choice Museum in Nassau

National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

If you’re jangled by the chaos of Bay St, you'll find a welcome oasis inside the stately 1860s-era Villa Doyle: a grand art museum that's one of the gems in the Bahamian crown. The permanent collection focuses on mo…
Top Choice Bar in Nassau

Khyla's Island Philosophy

This tiny charismatic beach bar exemplifies all that is convivial and distinctive about Nassau, with an ebullient proprietress (Khyla), ever-welcoming locals and good tunes on the laptop. Sadly gutted by fire in 201…
Top Choice Bar in Nassau

Fish Fry

The unmissable nightly Fish Fry is not the only reason to spend a night or two in Arawak Cay. Sky-juice trailers, wooden beer shacks and more substantial establishments keep everyone oiled and easy, as multiple DJs …
International in Nassau

Graycliff Restaurant

Make like a colonial-era dignitary at this atmospheric fine-diner in the 18th-century Graycliff Hotel. The predominantly European menu deploys a lot of imported ingredients (French chèvre, Russian caviar) but also m…
Food & Drink in Nassau

RumBahamas

Rum producers from across the Caribbean and Latin America descend on Nassau each February for this three-day celebration of food, culture and cane spirit. Held behind the doughty ramparts of 18th-century Fort Charlo…
Notable Building in Nassau

Government House

This splendid Georgian mansion, residence of the governor-general, surmounts Mount Fitzwilliam (central Nassau's low hill) like a particularly festive pink cake. Sitting on the site of a predecessor built in 1737, t…