Coffee Shops and Cafés
Sample the work of H. Lavity Stoutt Community College’s culinary students at the Road Town Bakery (123 Main St., 284/494-0222, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat., $5–10), one of three hands-on culinary training centers on Tortola. Don’t worry about the quality of the students’ work; the bakery produces top-notch pastries, cakes, and breads, as well as one of the most popular lunch menus in Road Town. In addition to a daily lunch special, you can choose from salads, sandwiches, and quiche.
Coffee lovers, take heart. Good coffee can be found on Tortola at D’Best Cup (Mill Mall, 284/494-3280, 7 a.m.–8 p.m. Mon.–Wed., 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Thurs.–Fri., 7 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Sat., $3–8), which shares premises with a wine bar specializing in South African vino. In addition to fine hot and cold coffee and coffee drinks, you will find pastries and a full bar. You can sip your coffee at a few small tables on the front lawn or inside in air-conditioned comfort.
For a cooling treat, try La Dolce Vita (Waterfront Dr., 284/494-8770, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Mon.–Thurs., 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 10:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Sun., $2–4) for homemade Italian ice cream. No kidding—this is the real thing. Try some of the unique flavors like soursop, cantaloupe, and ginger. It also serves soy ice cream, frozen yogurt, milk shakes, and banana splits.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition