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Top Choice Italian in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Le Papillon

Highly recommended by locals, Le Papillon is the place to eat (and be seen) in town. It is set in a beautiful, old colonial house with a veranda in the heart of Hell-Ville. The Italian owner changes the menu accordi…
Historic Site in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Sacred Banyan Tree

On the coast beyond the tiny village of Mahatsinjo, there's an enormous sacred banyan tree planted by the Queen of the Sakalava tribe in 1836. Nowadays, the Queen of Nosy Be makes an annual pilgrimage to sacrifice a…
Madagascan in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Restaurant Manava

On the top floor, Restaurant Manava is an unexpected gem. The fare is simple but incredibly tasty, including grilled meat or fish with seasonal vegetables, and rice or chips. The balcony terrace is an atmospheric pl…
Cosmetics in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Le Jardin des Sens

Local essential oils of ylang-ylang, black pepper, katrafay and more scent the air here, where you can also stock up on honey, spices, soaps and skin products. Set in a beautiful old house, Le Jardin des Sens has kn…
Bar in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Bar Ankoay

Spilling onto the street, the Ankoay (ank-way) is Hell-Ville's most popular bar. Inside a shopping gallery, it's done up like the interior of a ship with lots of wood. It's hard to spot its name from the street, but…
Drinks in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Société de Rhum Arrangé

If you’d like to take a taste of Madagascar home with you, why not plump for a bottle of rhum arrangé? There are more than 20 flavours to choose from at this little place, from vanilla to cinnamon, liquorice to coco…
Cafe in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Oasis Café

Oasis’ pavement seating is prime people-watching territory. The cafe serves food all day, but it does breakfast best, with excellent baguettes, good pastries and proper coffee, including espresso. It's very quiet in…
Pizza in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Nandipo

This very cool place is an expats' favourite, even though it's now looking a bit frayed at the edges. It serves excellent wood-oven pizzas and has friendly staff, a great selection of drinks and the best ambience in…
Market in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Marché de Hell-Ville

Hell-Ville’s market is a good place to pick up fruit and vegetables for picnics, as well as spices.