Devon House in St. Andrew, Jamaica makes the best ice-cream I’ve ever had in my life. International critics agree too, ranking the Devon House I-Scream parlour as serving one of the world’s top 10 best ice-creams. I recently relocated to a next corner of this beautiful island so Devon House is no longer as accessible for me, but I do crave a delicious patty and ice-cream scoop set against the lovely antique theme of red brick and cobblestones ever so often. That being said, there’s so much more to Devon House than delicious ice-cream and being home to Jamaica’s first coloured millionaire. Devon House has evolved into an exciting village with gourmet à la carte restaurants, a relaxing day spa, quaint souvenir shops, a first-rate bakery, clothing stores and interesting delicatessens which slip below the radar when we brand Devon House solely as a mansion and award-winning ice cream parlour. Thus, this week I decided to share 10 other ways to enjoy this beautiful property.
1) Enjoy #MeatlessMondays at Wright Life Live Food Eatery.
This kiosk specializes in delicious vegan raw food cuisine, ranging from pizzas and burgers to salads, soups, juices and popsicles. Their philosophy is that food heals people, and if one had the discipline to eat like this everyday it’s not hard to imagine many everyday ailments could be markedly improved if not altogether cured. A Gustazo coupon made me discover this healthy eatery late last year, and it’s about time I go back.
Here’s what I had:
2) Wash off your heart at Coco Raw.
Coconuts are fruits of the coconut palm tree, a popular tree grown in the tropics, and from which water, milk, oil and a tasty meat or jelly are obtained. The coconut is well-known to the Caribbean diet for its flavour and potential health benefits, and at Coco Raw, coconut features in every single smoothie, shaved ice and juice from the menu. What a lovely way to beat the Kingston heat! Their smoothies go great with patties from this next spot.
3) Bite into a curry goat patty (& other yummy pastries) at the Devon House Bakery.
Jamaica’s most popular street food is the Jamaican patty– a savoury flaky pastry filled with beef, soy, fish, curry chicken, goat or lobster. There’s happiness in every bite, and the bakery which offers the most gourmet delectable version is the Devon House Bakery! It’s almost too beautiful to eat. My only regret after eating a Devon House patty is that it finished too quickly– honestly. It’s pricier than the average patty but worth the treat. Patties aside, this bakery also sells cookies, tarts, pones (what we call pudding in Jamaica) and cakes– and there’s now a sister store next door selling more European-style treats such as macaroons, parfaits, mousses and so much more. This store is a can’t-miss once you stop by Devon House. Check out their top 10 must-haves on their Instagram page.
4) Push your foot into new sandals from D’Nex Step.
At kiosk #24 you can find comfortable locally made sandals by D’Next Step. This store specializes in hand-crafted leather sandals which are as stylish as they are durable. It’s about time I invest in a pair myself.
5) Have a coffee break at Island Coffees Cafe.
With the smorgasbord of local coffee shops in Jamaica, there’s really no need for foreign chains. Island Coffees Cafe is a cozy spot which serves up lovely blends like cappuccinos, frappucinos, pumpkin spice lattes and more signature drinks like Bailey’s Iced Latte and Devon Trouble. Add this cafe to your list of stops for coffee breaks and productivity in the corporate area.
6) Enjoy fine dining at the Grog Shoppe Restaurant.
Grog Shoppe at the Devon is an excuse to dress up in the corporate area, featuring an extensive à la carte menu with local and international cuisine. Table service is available both indoor and al fresco. If classy dining isn’t what you’re in the mood for, visit their sister establishments of La Pizzeria or the Mahogany Tree Bar for an equally riveting culinary experience.
7) Indulge the senses at Starfish Oils.
Aromatherapy lovers rejoice. Starfish Oils specializes in locally-made candles, all-natural soaps, oils, bath salts and scrubs to delight the senses. In this stressful day and age, we can use all the relaxing we can get so be sure to check out this store and pick up something which will give you lasting happiness long after the ice cream cone is finished, like a peppermint or lavender oil-infused candle. If you’re not located in Jamaica, however, you can purchase products from their online store.
8) Spice up your outfit at Reve Jewellery.
It’s amazing how much the right accessory can make even the blandest of outfits pop yet I still don’t take my own advice. Yikes! My wardrobe is desperately in need of some accessories, and hopefully 2020 is the year I rectify that rather trivial matter. Anyway, Reve Jewellery at the Devon is another option for your local jewelry needs, featuring bold vibrant colours alongside subtler earth-toned pieces. Be sure to check out their store or catch their pieces at local pop-ups and exhibitions around the island.
9) Relax at the Island Rituals Spa.
Candles….. check. Soft lighting…. check. Heated towels…. check. Relaxation….? CHECK! The Spa at Devon House attends to all your manicure, pedicure, facial and massage needs. It may seem small from the outside but the inside is cozy and inviting, and most importantly, relaxing.
10) Grab a quick bite from Bad Dawg Sausages.
The yellow eponymous iconic Bad Dawg Sausages cart can be spotted from a mile away and is a tasty relief to hungry bellies looking for a quick on-the-go lunch. They’re usually parked near the entrance to Devon House and their unique hotdog toppings, such as chili, pineapple relish and caramelized onions, bring the humble dog to life.
Many of these stores are places I hardly give a second glance when I came just for my scoop of whatever tropical goodness is currently in season, which by the way I should add– their festive flavours of eggnog and sorrel around Christmastime ARE IT! Will I stop coming here just for the ice cream and patties? Maybe not, but will I appreciate this city oasis even more? Heck, yes.
I think it’s pretty obvious I love their ice cream because look at how many Devon House ice cream pictures I’ve accumulated in my gallery.
‘Til next time, folks. ✌🏽
10.5) Read next: Touring the Devon House Mansion– what to expect. Inside the mansion is very beautiful and well-preserved, and the tour is pretty informative so feel free to add this to the list of things to do at Devon House. NB- The tour comes with a treat of your choice e.g. an ice-cream (single scoop, which by the way is pretty large as pictured above) or a patty.