Food is an important part of the Samoan culture, with many of the most significant cultural events based around feasts and meals. One of the key events not to miss when you travel to Samoa is a Fia Fia where song, dance, fire dancers and traditional dishes all combine for a memorable evening.
Traditional foods in Samoa include Taro, breadfruit, pork, chicken, fish and fresh fruit. The most traditional way of cooking is in an Umu or earth oven and the traditional drink is kava, although this is kept for special ceremonial occasions.
There are a wide range of options available in Samoa for dining and eating out. Restaurants in Samoa reflect the diversity of people who have made Samoa’s islands home, and include Chinese, Japanese, Italian, German, European restaurants as well as traditional Samoan meals. You can find cafes in Samoa in many of the larger towns and resorts.
The capital city of Samoa, Apia on Upolu Island, provides the greatest range of options for dining. Upolu’s only city, Apia is where you can find everything from McDonalds through to international cuisine at some of Samoa’s hotels. Apia on Upolu Island is also the main area for clubs in Samoa and bars.
Outside the main towns, dining is usually at one of the resorts or hotels or at family run beach Fales.