Top things to do

Top Choice Area in Fianarantsoa


The oldest and most attractive part of town is the pedestrian Haute-Ville (known as Tanana Ambony in Malagasy). It's famed for its architecture – two-storey brick houses with steep roofs, balconies and tumbling plan…
Top Choice International in Fianarantsoa

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 chefs …
Madagascan in Fianarantsoa

Chez Ninie

Don’t be fooled by the facade: lurking out back is a rather chic open-porch dining area with an extensive, inexpensive and very tasty Madagascan menu that keeps this place very popular. Dirt cheap beer (Ar2000), too…
Market in Fianarantsoa


Fianar is a market town, with at least one small market open every day. The largest is the Zoma, where you’ll find everything under the sun. It’s held every day along Ave de l'Indépendance and Rue de Verdun, althoug…
Fast Food in Fianarantsoa

Chez Dom

A small, colourful cafe offering local rum and a quick menu (burgers, omelettes, salads etc). It's frequented by backpackers, French expats and tourists. Some guides are based here; they offer the usual circuits aro…
Monastery in Fianarantsoa


The monks at this monastery continue to do what they have for centuries: make wine (red and white, and flavoured aperitifs) and honey (which you can buy in the shop). The modern church, with its striking stained gla…
Supermarket in Fianarantsoa

Supermarché 3000

The best-stocked place for self-caterers, particularly handy in preparation for long treks in Andringitra, Isalo or Makay.
Cafeteria in Fianarantsoa


The Zomagrill has filled a nice 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 Madag…
Art in Fianarantsoa

Labo Men

Madagascar's most famous photographer, Pierrot Men, is a native of Fianarantsoa, where he still lives and works. His shop is stocked full of his beautiful images in various formats: postcards (Ar900), posters and fr…
Cafe in Fianarantsoa

Chez Imanoela

What a great idea this was: a cafe in the picturesque and atmospheric Haute Ville. The flower-decked terrace is a lovely spot to while away an hour or two, be it with a beer, coffee or light meal. Lunch options incl…