Usain Bolt’s Guide to Kingston

OK, let’s start with breakfast

If you want the best, well that’s served up at my house, with my chef preparing it. But you can’t come here, that’s out of bounds. If you’re looking for a recommendation, I love to eat Jamaican dumplings for breakfast; they’re great if you want to workout afterwards.

If you want to eat great Jamaican food

You must know that jerked chicken is our classic dish, and it’s delicious. You can get it pretty much everywhere in Kingston – in restaurants and in street stalls – but my favourite place is at Tracks and Records [unsurprisingly, Bolt’s own bar and restaurant].

Looking for reggae?

Tracks is a great option again – seriously, I’m not just saying that because it’s my place. You can eat, you can watch your favourite sports team, and you can listen to some great reggae – what’s not to love? Food, sports and music are pretty much my three favourite things in life.

If you want to go dancing

The absolute best thing about Kingston is the nightlife, the reggae clubs, and the dancing. It would be so hard to pick just one, so my advice is to make sure you come to Kingston on International Reggae Day (July 1). The whole city comes alive and it’ll be an experience you will never ever forget.

To kick back

Emancipation Park is the most peaceful place in Kingston. It’s a really calm spot in the middle of a busy city.  It’s a very important part of Jamaica’s history and our freedom – the clue’s in the name.

If you have to shop, skip the malls

You can see them anywhere. Instead visit Coronation Market. Go there for real Jamaican people, the freshest sights and smells, and some of the best street food in the city.

If you want to train like a Jamaican

I train at the Racers Track Club at the University of the West Indies. It’s the best in the world, you just need to look at the athletes it has produced to see that. It has a gym, and everything you need. For the public, however, I would again say Emancipation Park. You won’t get many more beautiful places to go for a run.

If you only have one day in Kingston

Even if you’re not working out you should still go to Emancipation Park to enjoy the peace and quiet. Then check out the Bob Marley Museum, and then, without doubt, experience our amazing nightlife. Nobody should visit Kingston and not try it. To do that would just be plain wrong.

Words: Emma Coiler

Illustration: Ralph Mancao

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