Best Street-Food Hubs in Trinidad!

We blogged all about our top food picks near to First Capital Apartments but did you know that Trinidad is home to some major food strips, where the best in street-food can be found?

The island is home to a rich variety of races, creeds and nationalities which bring with it a myriad of cuisine options and hybrids! So without further ado, here are some of the islands most popular food strips and street food hubs where you can enjoy casual night-dining in the cool, crisp Caribbean air.

1. Open-Air Food Court:

Around the world famous Queen’s Park Savannah lies our first food hub. In the heart of our nation’s capital, Port-of-Spain, you’ll find the best in  Trinbagonian cuisine cooked by the very best: our very own Trini People. Who better than to cook good, old-fashioned Trini food, than the beautiful and passionate people of the island! You’ll find tons of variety here.

Hungry? Try some corn soup, some spicy souse or tender barbecued pig tails. Eat a whole fried fish or bake and shark – there’s no need to share. Thirsty? You’ll be happy to find freshly squeezed juices, punches of all varieties and tastes and for the kids – get a snow cone oozing with extra condensed milk!

You’ll even find cuisine from around the Caribbean with tastes of Jamaica and Barbados making an appearance. After all, we are one family – so join in the fun! Arrive at about 6:00pm, walk with some beach chairs or pop open the trunk and have a feast under the stars! You won’t regret it.

2. The Cross:

Let’s move down South, to “The Cross”, famously known in Trinidad for its band of food trucks. Roadside eating never looked to good! You’ll find trucks of all shapes an sizes ready and prepped to serve you.

Located in San Fernando, Trinidad, The Cross is mostly known for its burgers but recently its become home to gyros, loaded hot dogs, corn soup, tacos – you name it! Parking is available on the strip itself, and there’s plenty of space to stand and eat, or simple stop with some friends for a grab and go dinner. It’s truly a must-see for any true foodie with its mixture of local and international cuisine. Thanks to our multicultural society, don’t be surprised if you find some franken-food that blends many foreign delicacies with a twist of Trinbagonian flare and flavour.

3. Ariapita Avenue

Possibly one of the most popular “liming” strips in Trinidad, Ariapita Avenue is an extremely popular location in Trinidadian street food. The stretch of road is home to night clubs, fine dining restaurants and a wide range of street food. Here you’ll find doubles, gyros, burgers, Trini home-style fried chicken, local artisan pizza, waffles and even Chinese fast-food, with a local twist. You can part and walk down the street easily, but with weekends getting particularly busy, beware of were you park! Wreckers are always on the prowl to be sure to check street signs to ensure that you’re parking in a safe zone.


4. Grand Bazaar Food Strip

Unofficially named due to its close proximity to the Grand Bazaar Mall, this food strip has become increasing popular over the years. With highlights of local and international cuisine, you’ll be able to find bits of Colombian, Syrian and Mexican food options here along with the good, old Trini bites. The area has been newly renovated with seating options for those who wish to park and have a bite with family or friends. The street can get extremely busy however, during peak weekend hours, so be vigilant at all times. Vendors are usually open from about lunch time, but if you want the true experience, come for dinner when the street comes alive with lights and laughter. You won’t regret it!

So there you have it – just a few options for night life eating. Trinidad is such a diverse island, it’ll be a shame if you visited and didn’t pop by at least one of these epic locations.

Contact First Capital Apartments for more information on how we can meet your accommodation needs! Drop us an email, or give us a call – all the information can be found on our “Contact Us” page. We’re here to care of you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

T&T Tours: Top Religious Sites

As we emerge from the holy week of Easter, citizens of Trinidad and Tobago return to their places of work, their schools, their everyday lives wishing for just one more day added to an already lengthy, long weekend.

Many know our twin-island republic as a “Fete Nation”. We’re known internationally as the party capital of the Caribbean, with endless parties revolving around Carnival, throughout the year. And don’t get me wrong, Carnival is a integral part of our heritage, our way of life, our culture – but it’s not the only thing we’re known for.

Trinidad and Tobago, due to various historical processes has undergone shifts and evolution in culture over hundreds of years of conquest and colonization. Intertwined with the passing of rule over many decades and mass immigration processes such as slavery and indentureship, our Twin islands has grown into what can only be described as a religious melting-pot, an oasis of cultural diversity, a hub of religious tolerance and acceptance.

The largest religious groups are the Protestant Christians (including Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodist, Evangelicals, Pentecostals and Baptist), Roman Catholic Christians, Hindus, and Muslims.

Two Afro-Caribbean syncretic faiths, the Shouter or Spiritual Baptists and the Orisha faith (formerly called Shangos) are among the fastest growing religious groups.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (known as “Mormons”) has also expanded its presence in the country since late-1970s.

According to the 2011 Census, 33.4% of the population was Protestant (including 12.0% Pentecostal, 5.7% Anglican, 4.1% Seventh-day Adventist, 3.0% Presbyterian or Congregational, 1.2% Baptist, and 0.1% Methodist), 21.5% was Roman Catholic, 18.1% was Hindu, and 5% was Muslim.

A small number of individuals subscribed to traditional Caribbean religions with African roots, such as the Spiritual Baptists (sometimes called Shouter Baptists) (5.7%); and the Orisha (0.1%). The smaller groups were Jehovah’s Witnesses (1.5%) and unaffiliated (2.2%). There is also a small Buddhist community on the island.

So we’re encouraging our guests, and any tourists visiting Trinidad and Tobago to take the road less travelling. Step away from the sun, sea and sand for a moment and take a tour of our islands most prominent religious sites. You need to be affiliated with any of these religions to appreciate the rich cultural and religious diversity that exists on our islands.

1. The Temple in the Sea

This unique site is located in Waterloo, Trinidad. A symbol of resistance and built out of the desire to retain his religious culture, Siewdass Sadhu is the visionary behind this noble creation. After being jailed for building a similar temple on government owned sugarcane lands, this Indian indentured labourer decided that if he could not build his temple on land, then he would build it in the sea. It is said that Sadhu laid each brick himself, carrying the the materials he needed to build his temple on his bicycle. Laying each stone, he forged a path forward in spite of both public and government skepticism.

The temple, simple and stoic, sits on the shores at Waterloo, a defiant symbol of innovation, hope and serenity. It stands strong, as evidence of what human being can achieve despite their faith being challenged.

2. The Holy Trinity Cathedral

For those yearning for a trip back in time, to our island’s days under British colonial rule, this is a must-see. There are many magnificent cathedrals in our capital, Port of Spain, however of them, these are definitely in our top three! Built to reflect the Gothic style architecture of the Victorian Era, this Anglican church was built in 1809, by patronage of the British Parliament. TnT_PoS_Cathedral_of_the_Holy_Trinity_(back_view)

The magnificent hammer-beam roof is made of local wood and characterized by huge trusses. The altar is built entirely of selected local mahogany and backed by alabaster and marble mounted on a base of Portland stone. The stained glass windows showcase magnificent representations of the saints. The Cathedral is filled with interesting historical items such as the marble statue dedicated to former Governor and founder of the Church, Sir Ralph Woodford. Along the walls inside the Cathedral are Tablets placed “in the memory of” former members of the British elite of colonial days.

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3. Moravian Churches, Tobago.

Moravian-Church-in-the-vi-010.jpgLet’s head over to Tobago! Spring Garden and Black Rock are two important villages for those seeking a bit of history about colonial Tobago. Early Moravian missionaries constructed two churches, in 1852 and 1859 respectively. These humble buildings are almost identical yet in their simplicity, these chapels are remarkable for their design. Each building incorporates wood-shingle walls and hipped roofs, resting on a foundation of coral limestone. These Moravian churches were bastions of colonial Tobago and their primary function was in ministering to plantation slaves and educating their children during pre-Emancipation times. Adding to their historical significance is the fact that these churches were two of the few structures that survived devastating Hurricane Flora that affected our twin-islands in 1963.

4. 85ft Lord Hanuman Statue

This is one for the record books! Many do not know, but Trinidad is home to the largest Hanuman murti outside of India. Built according to the Dravidian style of architecture of South India this 85-foot tall statue of the Hindu god, Lord Hanuman located in the village of Carapichaima, Trinidad.

A “murti” in Hindu culture is any embodiment of the divine. It refers to any embodiment, manifestation, incarnation or personification of a spiritual entity or deity. Worshiped by many who wish to gain courage and strength in their lives, Lord Hanuman is probably one of the most celebrated and revered figures in the Hindu Mythology.

The towering murti took years to design and construct and the result is truly a sight to behold – but don’t take our word for it. Check out this video!

5. Mohammed Ali Jinnah Memorial Mosque


Source: The Trinidad Guardian

Finally, we couldn’t end without shining the spotlight on First Capital Apartment’s very own home – The Town of St. Joseph. Located just minutes away from our wonderful apartments is a majestic remnant of the island’s Muslim followers.

One of Trinidad’s finest mosques, which serves as headquarters of the Trinidad Muslim League. It is also regarded as one of the 50 most beautiful buildings in the world. It’s tall towers can be seen from the nearby main road. During the holy season of Ramadhan, many Muslim brothers and sisters gather to break their fasting daily, and on any given day residents and visitors to the area can hear the iconic call to worship as it echoes through the town.

So there you have it! These are just some of the many religious sites found in and around Trinidad and Tobago. If you find the time to venture away from the ordinary, take a moment to see the extra-ordinary. Dive into our rich culture, and experience a religious tour around the islands.

There’s lots to see but be on your best behavior! Our national is built on love, respect and unity in spite of diversity. So regardless of your religious affiliation, when visiting the different religious sites around Trinidad and Tobago, we ask that all who yearn for knowledge and understanding, also be gracious and respectful to both the sites and the people who you encounter on your journey.

For reservation inquiries and help planning your religious tour around Trinidad and Tobago, please send us an email. Check out the homepage for a direct message portal!

Our Top “Must-See” Locations!

“Never See Come See” (adjective): Used to describe someone who is showing a comical curiosity upon seeing or experiencing something for the first time.

“Never see come see” is just one of many Trini sayings. It refers to someone who has never experienced something (that would usually be seen as an everyday experience), being absolutely thrilled and excited over being involved in it.

Never see_ Come see.While it’s often remarked in jest, at First Capital Apartments, we’re using it as a means of welcoming our guests. We’ve got a guide for you! We’re offering guests a few options close to our apartments, from which they can experience just some of T&T’s rich culture and eco-diversity.

So, you never see? Well, come see!

At First Capital Apartments, we’re proud to say that our guests are well taken care of, from arrival to departure. This includes guiding guests about what to pack, arranging free transport to and from the airport, getting a taste of T&T’s favorite food finds, providing complimentary welcome groceries upon arrival and now we’re handing you a guide to some of T&T’s “must see” locations, near to our apartments. It’s plain and simple: Forget the hassle and look no further!

Here are just a few places to add to your list of adventures, while you’re on our beautiful island.

Mount St. Benedict:

MSBIf you look north toward our towering mountain range, you’ll see a few structures trailing high above the other buildings. Majestic and mighty, the Mount St. Benedict Cathedral is the home of the Benedictine monks who live and work in Trinidad and Tobago.

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The property is approximately 700m above sea level, and from the cathedral, worshipers and visitors can get panoramic view of Trinidad’s Central Plains and on a clear day you can even see the San Fernando Hill (on the southern side of the island!).

It’s truly a unique location. Today, with its iconic clock tower, and brilliant red roofs, the Abbey consists of a Church, a Monastery, a Seminary, a drug rehabilitation center, a Yogurt factory, and Pax Guest House a place for retreat. The Abbey welcomes and draws people of all faiths seeking peace, solace, purpose, and fulfillment. Read more here!

The Maracas Waterfall

MWRMaracas Waterfall is Trinidad’s highest waterfall. It is just a short hike away from Waterfall Road in the lush, green Maracas St.Joseph Valley.

This hike is considered relatively easy and a great treck for beginner hikers or for those who’d like a bit of outdoor adventure, minus all the aches and pains.

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When visiting the Maracas Waterfall, tourists can feel free to drive to the Waterfall Road, park and start hiking! We recommend that on the way you stop at the Maracas Valley Police Station and let them know that you will be taking the hike. Just to be safe, regardless of if you’re going with a guide, it’s always best to let the authorities know.

maracas waterfallThe hike will take about thirty minutes and the trail crosses two gentle streams. There’s even an option to divert from the course and explore a small path which will lead to two beautiful Jacuzzi–like basins. If you decide to take any detours from the trail, please you do so with the assistance of a guide.

Along the way, melted candles, flowers and fruits can be observed lining the pathway showing testaments of spiritual worship. In Trinidad and Tobago, many religions are observed and practiced, so we always urge tourists to be as respectful and understanding as possible along the hiking trail.

The Caroni Swamp

CWVSThe Caroni Swamp is the second largest mangrove wetland in Trinidad and Tobago. It is also home to the island’s national bird, the Scarlet Ibis.

The Caroni Swamp runs along the banks of the Caroni River and contains numerous channels, lagoons with inter-tidal mudflats. The Caroni Swamp also contains fresh water and saltwater marshes and is also regarded as a bird sanctuary as it is home to over 100 species of birds native to Trinidad and Tobago.

At the visitor center, you can arrange for a tour guide “on the spot” – no pre-booking necessary. Most likely you’ll be able to hop onto a private tour and be part of a larger group depending on the size of your party. Click this link for a reputable tour guide!

The best time to go is around 4:00pm as most tour guides arrange for tourists to get a look at the Scarlet Ibis as they return to the Swamp for nesting. caroni-swamp-and-bird-sanctuary-Caroni-4Against the mesmerizing T&T sunset, you’ll be able to see the sky set ablaze by Scarlet Ibis as they return home for the night.

Tours will take you down the narrow channels of the Swamp and out to a broad opening lagoon, where you can get up close and personal with snoozing snakes and scampering hermit crabs, all under the swaying canopy of limber mangroves. You’ll be serenaded by the groaning vegetation, chirping of crickets and sicarders and the whistling of birds as they greet you.  An eco-tourist’s dream!

So there you have it! Our guide to a few “must see” locations near to First Capital Apartments. This is by no means all that Trinidad and Tobago has to offer – but it sure is a good place to start!

We hope to see you soon!



What to Pack for Your Trini Vacation


So you’ve  decided to ditch the dreary negative-degree weather back home, and take a trip to sunny T&T – we’d say you make the right choice! Our culture is as warm and welcoming as the radiant sunlight that’ll meet you at the airport, and as pure as the delicate blue skies overhead.

We’re so happy you’re here – but what did you pack? Many tourists are often left wondering how to transition from snow and sleet to sun-kissed mountainsides and sandy beaches. The 30-degree average temperature of our beautiful tropical climate can be extremely disorienting during your first few days in Trinidad and Tobago.

So let’s get to it – First Capital Apartment has a guide to help you pack efficiently for your Caribbean Dream Vacation. We’ve got you covered (or uncovered depending on the tan-envy you’re trying to evoke when you get back home). See what we did there?

1. Tan for Days!

You already know! There’s no way you’re coming to Trinidad and Tobago and don’t end up visiting a beach, or two…or three.

What do I pack? Um…A swimsuit? Just kidding – here’s our tip: less is more.

In Trinidad and Tobago, and many other Caribbean Islands, your body, your skin and your shape is celebrated. Men and women alike are encouraged to “free-up” themselves at the beach. So ditch the sleeves for a skimpy swimsuit with a light, easy cover-up that’s perfect for when that Caribbean sun starts biting. We guarantee a tan for days, that’ll leave your family and friends back home reeling with envy.

Shop Local! So, you’re the only person on the team who forgot their swimsuit….or you’ve decided you’re in for a bit of shopping – what now? Here is our top pick for local swimsuit shopping.

Chandra Maharaj Designs – Chan was born in Brazil but raised in sweet T&T. Her aesthetic is influenced by the diverse and vibrant culture of our beautiful islands. She designs swimsuits for all shapes and sizes and has even evolved into designing ready-to-wear and high fashion garments. Check out her swimsuit collection on her website.


Where to go? Our top pick for beach goers in Trinidad is Las Cuevas . A hidden gem just minutes from the famous Maracas Beach, Las Cuevas is the Caribbean’s first Blue Flag certified beach – a slim, private, stretch of sand and sea, waiting for you! We’d recommend going during the week because chances are, you’ll have the beach all to yourself! There are washrooms and changing room facilities on site and if you really want the Trini experience, stop at Maracas Beach first to pick up some bake and shark! Las Cuevas is ideal for snorkeling, sunbathing and simply relaxing in the cool, crisp Caribbean Sea.

2. Legs Out!

You’re in the land of sun, sun and SUN – so let your legs out!

What do I pack? Rain or shine, shorts are a must, so pack a few. In T&T there’s a wonderful mix of warm breezes and cold beers and we recommend you do yourself a favor and forget about your jeans for a few days. Trinis LOVE a good short pant and we’ve got a few tips for styling.

  • Pair them with a crop top or simple vest for a more casual look.
  • Wear an oversized tee or baggy shirt for classy comfort.
  • Be effortlessly fashionable: skip the two-piece altogether and rock a romper!

You’re showing skin….so SHOW the skin! Whether you’re going to The Falls at West Mall for some high-end shopping, out for a night on Ariapita Avenue or catching the local food scene around the Queen’s Park Savannah – let your skin out to play. You’ll thank us later.


Shop Local! Here’s our local designer spotlight – you may know her as one of the winners of Project Runway. Trinidadian born designer, Anya Ayoung-Chee not only represented our island at the Miss Universe Pageant in 2008 but went on to “make it work”, reigning victorious at New York Fashion Week during Project Runway’s ninth season in 2011.

Check out the shots above for just a taste of her designs – get your short, shorts our, and be inspired!

3. Catch the Wind

Maxis are not just what we call buses in T&T – it’s also the name of a must-have clothing item for your Caribbean Vacation.

2332475e5a1e59a862e40945ae4f43ec--anya-ayoung-chee-project-runway-dressesWhat do I pack? Maxi Dresses are not just fashionable, they’re versatile and represent all the ease and comfort of the Caribbean lifestyle. They can be dressed-up for a classy night out, or dressed-down with a simple pair of sandals. We guarantee when you step out in a well designed maxi-dress, you’ll turn heads as T&T’s warm Caribbean breeze brings life to the light, airy fabric.

Pair your dress with a broad hat, over-sized sunglasses and chunky jewelry or let the outfit stand alone with a smart clutch and mismatched bangles. As Trinis say, “yuh cookin with gas!” (Translation: You’re taking things to another level; it’s a great idea; now you’re talking!).

Shop Local! Anya is another favorite for maxi dresses but for our local pick we have to go to Shari from Shop Shari 

Shari is inspired by vibrant prints and creates captivating statement pieces that include her signature maxi dresses. Her brand is inclusive, catering to all ages, shapes and sizes, all while maintaining comfort in fashion. Ladies, your curves have never looked better! Check our her Instagram profile for all her latest designs. You won’t be disappointed.

And there you have it – we hope your packing get’s a little easier after reading our tips. At the very least, come to Trinidad and Tobago with an empty suitcase and we’ll fill it up with the best in locally designed, Trinbagonian clothing.

First Capital Apartments have got you covered! We’ve got your packing sorted.

For reservations, check our our home page, or fill our the form on our contact page for more information about our self-catered apartments.




First Capital’s Favorite Food Finds

“Ah hungry! Just put food on de table!”

First Capital Apartments is nestled in the hills of St. Joseph – the first capital of Trinidad and Tobago. Stepping away from the sun, sea and sand, our beautiful island holds a host of multi-cultural experiences for those willing to seek them out.

Our cuisine for example is just one of the many outlets from which our rich history, our diverse and magnificent history can be experienced. From the purest of indigenous roots, to the defiant African slaves; from the Spanish, Dutch and British colonial settlers, to the innovative Indian, Chinese and Portuguese indentured laborers – our society holds within it a rich cornucopia of hybridized culture which you can experience!

As we in T&T like to say, “All ah we is one family”.

So come, relax & sit at our table. First Capital Apartments is here to break down some of our favorite food finds, just minutes away from our cozy apartments. Now’s not the time to count calories because here’s our guide to the perfect Trini breakfast, lunch and dinner.

1. Breakfast: T&T Doubles

Doubles is by far one of the most popular street foods in Trinidad and Tobago. Breakfast, lunch or dinner – you name the time of day and we guarantee that there will be a crowd of people munching away at some hot, tasty doubles.

A Bit of History: The origin of this popular delicacy has been disputed over many decades in T&T. However, the coining of the term “doubles” has been traced back to 1937. Emamoul Deen and his wife Rasulan of Princes Town started a business in 1936 selling fried channa (chick peas). This soon evolved into curried channa with chutney (a sweet-spicy sauce). He then introduced a single bara (fried dough) with the curried channa. His customers would ask him to “double-up” on the bara hence the name “doubles” evolved and Deen’s doubles became the pioneering brand.

Doubles MapWhere can I find it? The nearest and by far the most popular location in northern Trinidad is the Curepe Junction, a major transportation hub, just minutes from First Capital Apartments. There you will find a range of street vendors to pick from – we recommend going with whichever vendor has the biggest crowd! [Click the Map to get to the Navigation!]

How much will it cost? One doubles will run you about $5.00 TTD and most adults eat about two. The vendors usually only accept local currency – so stock up on some change! Generally there is an “eat first, pay later” system. The vendors will keep track of how many you eat, but more often than now there is a trust that customers will pay for what they’ve eaten.

doubles blogTips for your Trini Experience: There is a line for “take away” and a separate section for those who wish to eat “on the spot”. We recommend for the true Trini experience you try having one “on the spot” with “slight pepper” This means that you’ll have all the toppings, including a little pepper which will add just the right about of “kick”!

2. Lunch: Trinidadian Roti

Buss Up Shut, Dhal Puri, Curried Goat, Pumpkin and Tomato Chokha – these may sound like gibberish but any true Trini will know what it means. Lunch-time on our sunny Caribbean paradise is usually signaled by two things: (i) blazing, hot twelve o’clock sun and (ii) the smooth, mouth-watering aroma of a bubbling pot of curried channa and aloo (chick peas and potato).chicken and roti1

A Bit of History: Hailing from the another wave of indentured laborers, roti is a staple of Indian cuisine on the island and “roti shops” are a cornerstone of community life. Usually run in a “mom and pop” style, these shops sometimes have take-away options, or homey dining areas where Trinbagonians can sit for a quick meal.

In the Caribbean, roti is commonly eaten as an accompaniment to various curries and stews. The traditional way of eating roti is to break the roti by hand, using it to sop up sauce and pieces of meat from the

The “wrap roti” is the commercialization of roti and curry together as a fast-food or street-food item in the Caribbean. This wrap form of roti originated in southern Trinidad. It was first created in the mid-1940s in San Fernando. The wrap was convenient as the meal could be eaten faster and while on the go, as well as keeping one’s hands from getting dirty. In Trinidad and Tobago, various wrapped roti are served, including chicken, conch, goat, beef and shrimp. Vegetables can also be added including potato, pumpkin and spinach as well a variety of local condiments; pepper sauce (hot sauce) and mango chutney being the most popular.

roti mapWhere can I find it? Just 8 minutes away from First Capital Apartments you will find a well known roti shop called “Juman’s Roti Shop”. It is located in the nearby community of Curepe, where many locals walk from their homes to purchase roti. Some even line up before the store opens but we recon if you call in and place your order, you’re sure to get your serving. [Click the Map to get to the Navigation!]

How much will it cost? Juman’s offers a wide range of options from about $35.00 TTD and up. The cost will depend on the type of roti you are ordering, the filling (type of meat) and the size of portion. All prices are listed as you enter so no need to worry.

jumansTips for your Trini Experience: Parking on the street may be a bit crowded around lunch time so we recommend you get a driver to drop you at the door and park offsite. As an alternative, you can park on any of the adjoining streets and take a stroll!

Here’s an added tip – check out this video for other roti shops you can try! Juman’s is even on the list. Have an adventure, you’ll be surprised just how many roti shops there are in Trinidad.

3. Dinner: Trinidadian Roast Pork

Trinidad Roast Pork also known as ‘Crispy Skin Pork’ or ‘Trinidad Chinese Roast Pork’ has its roots in (you guessed it!) the coming of Chinese indentured laborers to the island.

20090328crispy-300x199A Bit of History: The first “shipment” of 192 Chinese immigrants arrived in Trinidad on a ship named Fortitude on October 12, 1806. Since then there have been four different waves of Chinese Immigrants both during and after slavery was abolished. The Chinese immigrants forged their legacy and became successful butchers, shopkeepers, carpenters and market gardeners. They brought with them their customs, traditions, games, religion and artifacts.

As with all Trinbagonian culture, over the decades, many customs have become hybridized as different cultures intermingle and evolve. This has led to the creation of Trini-Chinese cuisine in the form of golden, crispy, bubbling, buttery roast pork. Do you need any more convincing?

Pork MapWhere can I find it? Just 10 minutes away from First Capital Apartments you will find a small establishment called “Quan Kep’s Pork Shed“. The business hails from Princes Town, south of Trinidad and in recent years has established a small satellite location near the Grand Bazaar Shopping Mall. [Click the Map to get to the Navigation!]

How much will it cost? Their most popular dish is the “roast pork sandwich” which is $20.00 TTD however they also offer fries with their roast pork, Trinidadian Geera Pork, Trinidadian Pudding, Pork Wantons and Trinidadian Chinese-Style Chicken. Other items range from $20.00-$45.00 TTD and they offer both cash and debit/credit card payment options – so get a bit of everything!

10700246_375775489252332_6428607025427579433_oTips for your Trini Experience: Make sure to go on weekends (Fridays or Saturdays) as they only open on during the evening time We recommend that you go at about 7:00pm and have some dinner! If you check the contact information on their Facebook page (linked above) you can call in your order before hand, or simply order when you arrive. The wait is only about 10-15 minutes depending on the crowd.

And there you have it – breakfast, lunch and dinner courtesy First Capital Apartments. Of course these are just a few local options for you – so stay tuned to our blog for more food finds just for you!

If you need our help renting a vehicle, please don’t hesitate to ask. We know a few reliable drivers who’ll be happy to show you around our nearby food hubs.

For reservations, check our our home page, or fill our the form on our contact us page.



Free Welcome Basket with Booking!

Already decided? Jump ahead and reserve your room!


First Capital Apartments is pleased to announce its first monthly special for the year.

With bookings during the month of February, all guests will receive a FREE welcome basket, filled with groceries to get your stay off to a great start.

We’ve had guests from all over the world: from Japan, to the United States; fromMonthly Special Germany, to the United Kingdom, Sweden and even our Caribbean neighbors! They’ve all been a pleasure to host but we’ve noticed one similarity over the years: the desire for a stress-free, hassle-free settling-in period after their journey.

We can definitely relate to this! Whether it’s an hour-long island hopper flight from our neighbor isles, or a ten-hour trek across the globe; all our guests want, is to drop their bags and begin their relaxing Caribbean vacation. So we’ve decided to take our hospitality up a notch.

Forget the hassle of finding a grocery, forget the pressure of obtaining transport and carrying bags and bags of supplies. We’ll take care of it.

For the month of February, with ALL bookings, our guests will open the doors to their self-catered apartments to find an ample supply of locally sourced fruits, breakfast products and snacks. This will help you settle in without the frustration and anxiety of figuring out your next meal. So have one on us!

Here are just a few of our local products that will be featured in your welcome basket:

1. Hong Wing Coffee: premium-coffee-01

This local brand of coffee was started by Hong Wing and Sons, “the original coffee manufacturers of Trinidad and Tobago” according to their website. The business was established since 1921 with their original products being roasted ground and whole bean coffee.  What started as a small family business has grown to be recognized as the leaders in ground coffee in Trinidad and Tobago. The business has been thriving for 95 years, and Hong Wing has branched into new trends of coffee in Trinidad and Tobago including flavored coffee grounds (French Vanilla, Island Coconut).

2. Local Fruits: Lavorare-nei-Caraibi-a-Trinidad-Tobago

These options will vary seasonally, but among the fruits supplied in our welcome baskets you will find locally grown portugals, mangoes, bananas, five-fingers (star fruits), guavas, pineapples and paw-paws! Make sure and gobble these quickly though because they’re sourced fresh off the trees and have a tendency to become over-ripe within a day or two.

Many of these fruits can be eaten fresh, or made into a local delicacy, “chow” which can be made by cutting or peeling the fruits and adding salts, pepper and other seasonings. Interested? Ask our house manager for help or check our this quick video:

There’s no better way to start your island vacation, than to literally taste the paradise through our locally grown, organic fruits.

3. Local Chocolates from Trinidad & Tobago

A true hidden gem of our nations, Trinidadian cacao is known to be the highest quality in the world and is used to make some of the best tasting chocolates internationally. In fact, at our island’s university, The University of the West Indies, there’s an entire unit called the Cocoa Research Centre dedicated to researching cocoa and preserving its lineage.


For years however, Trinidadian chocolate was only available from European chocolatiers, but many local artisans are beginning to pick up the trade, and even sell their chocolate internationally. In every welcome basket we try to support these local businesses by offering a sample of their chocolates to our guests. Read more about local chocolatiers in Trinidad!

All our welcome baskets will vary depending on the products available and season, but no matter what, we guarantee that all guests will feel welcome, safe and well taken care of. You matter to us and we know how challenging it can be settling into hotels that often lack that personal, local touch. So let us take care of you! Take advantage of our FREE Welcome Basket with your booking during this month!

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