Eastern Madagascar


Top ChoiceInternational in Tamatave (Toamasina)

La Véranda

The refined restaurant and terrace at La Véranda is a popular choice for French expats and visitors thanks to its wide-ranging menu of well-turned-out European and Malagasy dishes at very reasonable prices. The...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Île Sainte Marie

Chez Samson

Samson trained as a chef in the best kitchens of Madagascar and he decided early on that the remote and stunning location of his restaurant would be no obstacle to fine dining. You're therefore guaranteed to be...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Tamatave (Toamasina)

Ocean 5O1

Laid-back beach-shack restaurant with beautifully prepared and well-presented seafood dishes. However, you'll be so focused on the waves lapping the sands of the beach right in front of you that you probably...

Top ChoiceFusion in Ambodifotatra

Idylle Beach

This cool restaurant is without a doubt one of the best on the island: the fusion cuisine blends European and tropical influences to produce wonders such as tuna carpaccios or succulent zebu steak in green-pepper...

Top ChoiceCafe in Ambodifotatra

Crazy Lemur

This activity centre doubles as a great cafe and bar, which serves informal meals (omelette and salad, burger and fries etc) on a lovely slice of beach: tables are set in the sand and under the palms.

Seafood in Île Sainte Marie

Chez Nono

A bungalow restaurant in a clearing overlooking the Baie d’Ampanihy. The food here is fresh from the sea, and fabulous. By fresh, we meanit has wicker baskets of live fish and mangrove crabs in the nearby creek,...

Crêpes in Tamatave (Toamasina)

Adam & Eve Snack Bar

A popular budget option, this semialfresco bar and terrace cafe has a loyal following for its Malagasy dishes, zebu somasas, big crispy salads, ice cream and crêpes. Even if you're not eating it's a very...

Malagasy in Ambodifotatra

La Terrasse

This is the place to come and get your fill of poisson sauce coco (fish in coconut sauce) or fried calamari. The open-air setting, right by the sea, and laid-back vibes are additional draws.

Cafe in Ambodifotatra

Choco Pain

This little cafe is a boon for travellers catching the dawn departures of the boats to the mainland, as it opens at 4.30am. For those lucky enough to get a lie-in, come in for a midmorning coffee: the pastries...

Malagasy in Maroantsetra


This open-air restaurant-bar, right on the canal by the bridge, is a great spot for a quick meal or beer with a side order of sea breezes. The fare is simple but well cooked: mi sao (noodle stir-fry), soups,...

European in Ambodifotatra

La Paillote

This vazaha (foreigner) hang-out entices with its very attractive open-air floor plan, street-front location (great for people-watching) and broad menu, from pizza to langouste. Try the thick zebu fillets....

Pizza in Tamatave (Toamasina)

La Terrasse

This hopping street-side bistro with tasty pizza and grills is the go-to lunch spot for people on the move. Street children gather around the edge of the terrace to beg for food which some people might find...

International in Moramanga

Le Coq d’Or

A neat painted cafe off the main road, serving soupe chinoise (noodle soup with fish, chicken or vegetables), fried chicken and other Malagasy meals. Highly rated by locals.

Chinese in Maroantsetra

Florida Snack

This Chinese-run cafe serves the usual Malagasy fare, along with Chinese favourites such as spring rolls and sweet and sour dishes. It also has delicious homemade yoghurts.

Supermarket in Tamatave (Toamasina)


Self-caterers and treat-seekers should check out Score supermarket.