Let’s Explore the Cayman Islands: Things to See and Places to Eat in George Town
by Chantel DaCosta Jun 5, 2023
George Town is the capital of Grand Cayman. As the name suggests, this is a town, not a city!
Yet, it is a thriving financial hub, with the main port processing cargo ships carrying supplies for the island, and welcoming passengers from cruise ships anchored beyond the reef. The Government offices and police headquarters, courts and public library, international banks, law firms and insurance companies are located here.
For visitors, there are duty-free shops selling jewellery and perfumes, souvenir shops, fashion boutiques and fun eateries positioned adjacent to one another on North Church Street and Cardinal Avenue.
So, let’s explore George Town!
We’ve researched three top attractions in the capital and recommend the top restaurants where you can grab a delicious meal during your visit.
Top Three Attractions in George Town, Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands National Museum
What better way to step back in time and learn about the extraordinary natural and cultural heritage of the Cayman Islands. The Cayman Islands National Museum features six exhibition galleries showcasing collections of art, photos, and artefacts, even sea fossils. A highlight of the exhibitions is the Ira Thompson collection which includes manuscripts, prints, animal specimens and household items collected by this famous hobbyist and birdwatcher.
National Gallery of the Cayman Islands
Located just outside of George Town, at Camana Bay, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands is on a mission to ‘promote the appreciation and practice of the visual arts in the Cayman Islands’. Open since 1996, the National Gallery fulfils its mission through exhibitions, education and outreach programmes and artists’ residencies. Visit the gallery to immerse yourself in local visual arts, Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, admission is free!
Cayman Spirits Co Distillery
Grand Cayman’s own handcrafted premium spirits are made at the Cayman Spirits Co Distillery in George Town. And you can get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into making these handcrafted spirits with a tour of the distillery. Tours are around 40 minutes long and cost $15 (US) per person. You can find available tour dates on the official distillery website.
Places to Eat in George Town
After touring our top three locations in George Town, you’ll have worked up an appetite, so how about lunch or dinner at one of these eateries?
Dine at Veranda at the Grand Cayman Marriot Beach Resort and take in a meal with a view at this oceanfront eatery. You can enjoy a casual lunch made from the freshest locally sourced ingredients, such as mahi wraps and lobster rolls. And don’t skip dessert, we recommend the Seven Mile fudge cake.
Grand Old House
Want to experience an exquisite meal in a charming historical colonial setting with breathtaking views of the ocean? Then reserve a table at the Grand Old House. The extensive menu boasts international cuisine including vegan and vegetarian options so you’re sure to find something that suits your dietary preferences.
The Brasserie Caboose
The Brasserie Caboose at Cricket Square in George Town offers diners the perfect smokehouse experience. Enjoy gourmet farm-to-fire smoked meats from baby back ribs to brisket and chicken, if you are a meat-lover you won’t want to miss an opportunity to dine at this Cayman restaurant.