We just got back from eight days at EXIM Apartment and we had a wonderful time. We could not have hoped for nicer lodging, nicer hosts, or nicer weather. The apartment is fabulous – very large with great views, perfectly appointed, and super clean. The owners are especially welcoming and they are there if you need them but not if you don’t. They also have nice friends!
This was our third trip to Bermuda. We have stayed in St. George and Warwick (south shore), and decided to try the west end this trip – and we’re glad we did. Regarding the Somerset Village area, we found great food where we didn’t expect it. There are a few “hole in the wall” places that have excellent food – try Village Café for great fish cakes, huge fish sandwiches (which you can get on raisin bread, apparently a Bermuda tradition), and SUPER hot hot sauce, homemade with scotch bonnet peppers. For peas & rice, excellent mac & cheese, jerk chicken, etc., try Karib Krave, a new take-out place between EXIM and the MarketPlace grocery store (which is a short walk and has a lot of good wine for decent prices). We got carryout and ate in the apartment, best meal I had on the trip. We did not get to try Misty’s Takeout, which is just beyond MarketPlace, but people told us it’s also good. We ate at the Country Squire one night – not great food, and don’t have the rum swizzles – mine was terrible, it was red, like punch, in a huge touristy glass with no rum as far as we could tell. We went to Cambridge Beaches Resort and had a drink, but did not eat there. We had great food in the Dockyard -- try Café Amici for Bermuda codfish breakfast on Sundays, and the pizza is very good (although not quite as good as The Dining Room at Gibbs Hill Lighthouse). The Frog and Onion pub, though touristy, had very good food – I had a goat cheese salad, curried rockfish pie, and dark chocolate espresso tart. My husband had the fish chowder and the beef pie and he loved it.
The two beaches we went to in the area, Daniel’s Head and Long Bay, are not as nice as the south shore beaches, but are fine. We preferred taking the short bus ride to the south shore, but it was nice to have beaches in walking distance. Two more tips – get bus passes – it’s a cheap way to get around, includes the ferries, and the bus stops right in from of EXIM. Then, take the ferry over to Hamilton and try the food trucks for great cheap eats – Keith’s Kitchen and De Graff’s in particular.
We love Bermuda and highly recommend EXIM A
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