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Black rum, snow cones and steel-pan: Where to find a good time in Bermuda

Stroll Front Street in Hamilton, Bermuda.


On Bermuda's busy Front Street in Hamilton, visitors can buy everything from a $2 bottle of hot sauce to a $2,000 Louis Vuitton bag. But just a few blocks north, the Chewstick Foundation ( offers a different kind of souvenir – one more in the cultural vein.

Artists of all sorts have performed on the Chewstick stage: poets, rappers, steel-pan bands. Two Harvard a cappella groups recently duelled in a karaoke battle.

Here, Najib Chentouf, one of the non-profit's founders – not to mention a writer, poet and DJ – shares five other stops in the capital to sample the flavours of the island.

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Rock Island

"It's part coffee shop, part gallery. It's nice and small. They roast their own beans. Great staff. It's just a really warm atmosphere and place to catch a good cup of coffee and relax. It's centrally located on Reid Street, one of the main shopping streets. They have a sliver view of the harbour, but sometimes that can be obstructed by a cruise ship." 48 Reid St.,

Art Mel's Spicy Dicy

"This one, in my view, is the best Bermudian fish sandwich. It's only takeout. It's a small little yellow building right on St. Monica's Road, just on the outskirts of Hamilton. They make really large, really good fish sandwiches. Bermudians like a little fish sandwich." 9 St. Monica's Rd.

Sushi and sashimi

"It's not a Bermudian thing, but I really like sushi. For rolls, I like Yashi. There isn't much of a view, it's actually in the basement, but the food is really good. For sashimi, Pearl has the best on the island: They have local fish. They have a balcony overlooking the harbour. It's a bit more upscale, bit pricier, but the food is really good." Yashi: 10 Reid St. (below restaurant Coconut Rock); Pearl: 87 Front St.,

Spinning Wheel

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"The Spinning Wheel on Friday nights has a great atmosphere. Nine p.m. on, you generally have a good time. It's a mature crowd who love to dance and party. All the Bermudian black rum favourites are there – your Swizzles and your Dark 'N Stormys. Directly across the street is Jamaican Grill restaurant. They have a jerk chicken barrel out on the street Friday and Saturday nights. You can smell the spices a block away." 33 Court St.


"During the summer Bermudians really enjoy snow cones. We call them snowballs. Most times it's a roadside delight, but Snowy's has an establishment in Hamilton. It's shaved ice in a cup and then sweet syrups, fruity syrups on top. Snowy's probably has one of the island's largest selections of flavours. I'm very Bermudian. I put ginger beer in all of my snowballs." 29 Princess St.,

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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