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Food & Drinks in Guyana

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Food in Guyana

Guyanese cuisine, like the country as a whole, is a Creole fusion.

If there is a dominant cuisine, it is the dishes influenced by the Indian subcontinent that have been localised. The best known are curries, including chicken, pork, beef, pumpkin and aubergine. The larger roti shops and those by the sea offer prawns, crab and other seafood. Curries are traditionally served with roti, an Indian bread, or rice.

Guyana’s national dish is pepperpot, a slow-cooked stew made from pork (or other meat), red pepper (capsicum), cinnamon and casareep. Dark in colour and strong in flavour, it is usually reserved for special occasions such as Christmas, but you can find restaurants in Georgetown that serve this dish all year round. Pepperpot is eaten with white bread or roti.

Chinese restaurants are common, with noodle dishes such as chow mein and lo mein, as well as meat and rice dishes. The growing Brazilian population has led to the opening of several barbecue and churrascaria restaurants in the capital and near the border in Lethem.

Georgetown has a wider variety of dining options than anywhere else in the country. There are a few steakhouses, upscale colonial restaurants, European dishes and Indian food. Smaller towns may only have restaurants that serve a Creole menu of a few dishes, which almost always includes a curry or two and a noodle dish.

In the jungle lodges, food may be limited to canned goods and rice, as well as what can be caught or grown locally.

Drinks in Guyana

The most popular national drink is Caribbean-style dark rum. National favourites include XM “10” Year OLD, produced by local drinks giant Banks DIH Limited, as well as El Dorado and X-tra Mature, both of which offer 5, 10, 12 and 25 year old varieties.

El Dorado also has a 15 year old variety that has won the ‘best rum in the world’ award since 1999. Mix the cheaper ones with Coke or coconut water if you like. All are of sufficient quality to be consumed neat or on their own, with the 25 year old comparable to a top quality Scotch whisky.

Banks Beer, produced by local drinks giant Banks DIH Limited, is the national beer. It is available in both lager and milk stout. The drinks giant also bottles and distributes Heineken beer and Guinness Stout under licence.

Also available are the lighter Carib (Trinidad and Tobago) and the darker Mackeson’s. Guinness is brewed locally under licence and is slightly sweeter than its Irish counterpart, but just as good. Polar (Venezuelan) and Skol (Brazilian) are found throughout the country. Heineken and Corona can also be found in Georgetown’s more upscale bars.

How To Travel To Guyana

By airCheddi Jagan International Airport(IATA: GEO) Originally called Timehri International Airport (Timehri means "rock painting"), it was renamed in honour of the displaced indigenous peoples of Guyana. Daily international flights depart and arrive at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, located approximately 40 km south of Georgetown. International flights include flights...

How To Travel Around Guyana

When people in Guyana talk about buses, they mean minibuses. Minibuses operate throughout Guyana and are the cheapest way to travel. Minibus fares range from GYD 60 to GYD 1,000 depending on the length of the journey. Travelling in this mode at night can be risky.Many parts of Guyana...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Guyana

Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to travel to Guyana: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Luxembourg, Montserrat, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, St Kitts...

Destinations in Guyana

RegionsGuyana Coastal Plain (Georgetown, Bartica, Mabaruma, New Amsterdam)Guiana Highlands (Lethem, Paramakatoi)Berbice-Corentyne (Linden)CitiesGeorgetown - the country's capital, located in Demerara County.BarticaMabarumaNew Amsterdam, the country's second largest cityLethemLinden, a bauxite mining town originally named McKenzie but renamed after the country's first executive chairman, Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham.Parika - located on the...

Weather & Climate in Guyana

Guyana's climate is tropical with hot and humid conditions tempered by northeast trade winds. There are two distinct rainy seasons: May to mid-August and mid-November to mid-January. Flash floods are a constant threat during these rainy seasons.

Accommodation & Hotels in Guyana

Accommodation in Guyana is very good.Georgetown offers by far the greatest choice of options, but there are a number of problems here. None of the 'luxury' options in the capital - particularly the Pegasus and Princess - have the polish or charm to justify the hundreds of US dollars...

Things To See in Guyana

Mashramani. A Native American word meaning "feast after hard work". This event takes place every year on 23 February, when the country celebrates the anniversary of its republic. It is a carnival-like event with float parades and costumed groups. Colourful float parades and costumed groups march through the city....

Money & Shopping in Guyana

Guyana is home to many markets and, more recently, shopping centres. The Stabroek Market is a picturesque market in Georgetown. For tourists, it is best to go to the market in a group or with a local you feel comfortable with. Flights are possible, but infrequent.On the esplanade opposite...

Festivals & Holidays in Guyana

1 JanuaryNew Year's DaySpringYouman Nabi23 FebruaryRepublic Day / MashramaniMarchPhagwahMarch / AprilGood FridayMarch / AprilEaster Sunday5 MayDay of arrival of the Indians26 MayIndependence DayFirst Monday in JulyCARICOM Day1 AugustEmancipation DayOctober / NovemberDiwali25 DecemberChristmas26 or 27 DecemberBoxing Day

Internet & Communications in Guyana

Police +592 226 2487 Emergency call - 911Fire +592 226 2411 Emergency call - 912Emergency service - 913Cheddi Jagan International Airport +592 261 2245Ministry of Foreign Affairs +592 226 1606Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Trade +592 226 2392Guyana Telephone & Telegraph +592 225 1315Licensing and Tax Office +592 223...

Language & Phrasebook in Guyana

The only official language is English (with British spelling) and is spoken by everyone, although most people speak Guyanese Creole as their first language. English is highly accented and can be difficult for foreigners to understand.

Culture Of Guyana

The culture of Guyana is very similar to that of the English-speaking Caribbean. It is historically linked to the English-speaking Caribbean as part of the British Empire when it became a possession in the 19th century. Guyana is a founding member of the Caricom (Caribbean Community) economic bloc and...

History Of Guyana

Nine indigenous tribes live in Guyana: the Wai Wai, Macushi, Patamona, Lokono, Kalina, Wapishana, Pemon, Akawaio and Warao. Historically, the Lokono and Kalina tribes have dominated Guyana. Although Christopher Columbus sighted Guyana on his third voyage (1498), the Dutch were the first to establish settlements there: Essequibo (1616), Berbice...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Guyana

Stay Safe in GuyanaGeorgetown is notorious for its petty street crime. Do not walk alone at night or even during the day unless you know the area well. Areas such as Tiger Bay, east of Main Street, and the entire south-eastern part of the city, including Albouystown and Ruimveldt,...

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