Top ChoiceFrench in Central Madagascar

Coin du Foie Gras

This hillside restaurant just south of the village of Behemjy gets busy at weekends with people coming for one thing and one thing only: foie gras (stuffed-goose liver). A simple entree of foie gras costs from...

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La Rizière

For gastronomic fare at average prices, make sure you book a table at La Rizière. The restaurant is a working culinary school and the chefs and waiters are all perfecting their trade. Service is charming (the...

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Chez Jenny

Hands down the best restaurant in town, Chez Jenny is a winning combination of colourful decor (including some captivating Zafimaniry wood carvings), delicious food, warm service and atmosphere, complete with a...

Top ChoiceMalagasy in Manakara


This cheap and cheerful eatery heaves with young locals every night of the week. It serves the best brochettes (kebabs) in town, cooked on a street-side BBQ (don't miss the peanut dipping sauce). The huge mi sao...

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Résidence du Betsileo

The owner of this gently old-fashioned, small-town bistro is a maestro in the kitchen as he sizzles, boils and fries delicious and authentic French countryside meals with just a pop of Madagascar about them....

Malagasy in Antsirabe

Café Mirana

This cafeteria is one of the busiest in town, with reason: reliably tasty, great-value Malagasy staples such as vary' aminana (rice soup served for breakfast), mi sao (noodle stir-fry) and zebu stews are served...

Malagasy in Ranomafana


A long-standing favourite, Manja serves big portions of traditional Malagasy food such as romazava (beef and vegetable stew), ravitoto (pork stew with manioc greens) and hen'omby ritra (zebu in tomato sauce). Its...

Fusion in Ranomafana

Hôtel Thermal

The restaurant at this classy hotel offers easily the most upmarket dining in town. There's a daily changing menu which has tropical takes on many classic French dishes. It's pricey but worth it. If you're not...

Pizza in Antsirabe


Zandina has become something of an institution thanks to its all-day service, good wi-fi connection, satellite TV, and generally warm and relaxed atmosphere. The food is good too, a mixture of salads and grills,...

International in Manakara

Les Délices d'Orient

Les Délices is well known in Manakara for its excellent cuisine, particularly its seafood – grilled fish, prawns in coconut sauce, garlic camarons (a kind of king prawn). It's all delicious and great value, with...

Fusion in Antsirabe

Le Pousse-Pousse

This charming place, where you eat inside a pousse-pousse, is known for its cheeseburgers – rare hereabouts – and delicious fusion cuisine (such as stir-fried pork in pineapple, or duck in peppercorn and honey...

Malagasy in Antsirabe

La Case à Tritriva

You'll find the lovely Case de Tritriva near Lac Tritriva. It's run by a Franco-Malagasy couple, who serve simple, wholesome cuisine from the courtyard of their home, complete with panoramic views. Locals drive...

International in Ambositra

L'Artisan Hotel

This hotel restaurant, which is full of old clocks, serves a mix of Malagasy and French classics and is the best place to eat in town. If there's a tour group stopping by, folk bands sometimes come in to liven up...

International in Ranomafana

Le Grenat

Everything from the soups and pastas to the zebu kebabs or the poulet coco (chicken in coconut sauce) is cooked just right at the convivial Le Grenat. It also serves local crayfish in season (spring).

Sweets in Antsirabe

La Chocolatière

Part of a small national chain, this enticing place produces its own fabulously rich and delicate handmade chocolate. Although prices are by the kilo, it sells them by the dainty little piece.

International in Fianarantsoa

Tsara Guest House Restaurant

Expect well-presented French dishes with a Malagasy twist in the classy glass-fronted dining room of this historic hotel. Classical music plays in the background while you eat.

Malagasy in Parc National Ranomafana


Perched on a hill overlooking the national park, Varibolo scores equally high on location and taste. The food is simple – grilled chicken, romazava (beef and vegetable stew), sandwiches – but always good. It's...

Fast Food in Fianarantsoa

Chez Dom

A small, neighbourhood cafe-bar offering local rum and a quick menu (burgers, omelettes, zebu steaks, salads etc). It's frequented by backpackers, French expats and tourists and is painted in lurid colours which...

Cafeteria in Fianarantsoa


The Zomagrill has filled a niche in Fianar: somewhere cheap, reliably good and relaxed that appeals to young locals as much as to passing travellers. The morning pastries are among the best you'll have in...

International in Ambatolampy

Au Rendez-Vous des Pêcheurs

Going strong since 1951, the Rendez-Vous is a local institution. Every tour travelling between Tana and Antsirabe seems to stop here for lunch. The dining room has the feel of an old-fashioned canteen (with log...