Top things to do

Top Choice Fortress in The Citadelle & Sans Souci

Citadelle Laferrière

Haitians call the Citadelle the eighth wonder of the world and, having slogged to the 900m summit of Pic Laferrière (or ridden horseback for US$15), you'll likely agree. This battleship-like fortress gives commandin…
Top Choice Arts Center in Port-Au-Prince & Around

Grand Rue Artists

While most of Haiti’s artists are represented in the rarefied air of Pétionville’s galleries, a collective of sculptors and installation artists produces spectacular work in an unlikely setting, squeezed into the ci…
Top Choice Waterfall in Jacmel

Bassin Bleu

Tucked into the mountains 12km northwest of Jacmel, Bassin Bleu is a series of three cobalt-blue pools linked by waterfalls that make up one of the prettiest swimming holes in Haiti. Experience Jacmel will take you …
Top Choice International in Plaine du Cul-de-Sac

Le Daily Gourmet Cafe

On weekdays, this place is packed with UN and US Embassy staffers seeking healthy, fresh foods that Haiti too often lacks. Lunch is served buffet-style, with theme cuisines such as Arabic or Asian-fusion, and main c…
Top Choice International in Port-Au-Prince & Around

Café 36

Attached to the boutique hotel La Lorraine, this classy but chilled-out restaurant, event space and art gallery is the kind of place where you could eat for a week. And drink. And do trivia. And see some art. And ea…
Top Choice Brasserie in Port-Au-Prince & Around

L'Estaminet

Recently opened by Jean Pierre, a whimsical, serial restaurateur who rarely ceases to delight, L'Estaminet is his best offering yet. The stylish brasserie boasts an extensive wine list along with cheese plates, home…
Top Choice Creole in Cap-Haïtien

Lakay

One of the busiest restaurants in Cap-Haïtien, and it’s not hard to see why. There are tables facing the seafront where you can enjoy a drink, otherwise step inside to eat under bamboo thatch and load up on generous…
Top Choice Fusion in Port-Au-Prince & Around

Papaye

‘Caribbean fusion’ aren’t words you expect to see written in a Haitian restaurant review, but Papaye carries off the idea with considerable aplomb, taking Creole dishes and jamming them up against Asian, European an…
Island in Beaches West of Cap-Haïtien

Île-à-Rat

Your basic paradise, this tiny island offers fine white sand, a lush core of trees, and cool turquoise water where snorkelers encounter sunken, centuries-old cannons and anchors. Christopher Colombus is said to have…
Live Music in Port-Au-Prince & Around

Hôtel Oloffson

On Thursday nights, from about 11pm, crowds gather here to dance until the small hours to the Vodou rock and roots music of RAM – the hotel band. A potent blend of African rhythms, rara horns, guitar and keyboards, …