Top ChoiceFrench in The West Coast

La Table d’Alexandre

For a decadent lunch on a day trip around the island, stop at Alexandre’s. The debonair French chef here serves exquisite cuisine in a dining room that wouldn’t have looked out of place on the set of Out of...

Top ChoiceEuropean 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, art-filled colonial house with a veranda in the heart of Hell-Ville. The Italian owner changes...

Top ChoiceMalagasy in Ambatoloaka

Chez Mama

For a true Malagasy eating experience, try Chez Mama, located on Ambatoloaka’s main street. Mama buys her ingredients at Hell-Ville’s market every morning and everything she cooks is fresh, tasty and incredibly...

Seafood in The West Coast

Chez Loulou

Right on the beach, this casual restaurant and bar is best known for its gargantuan Sunday seafood-buffet lunch (Ar65,000). Seafood also gets pride of place in the daily three-course meal. If you want to linger...

Malagasy in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Côté Jardin

There's a charming colonial air to this old house with its veranda at the front overlooking the town gardens, cool interior and more seating in its own garden at the back. It's as fine dining as you'll get in...

Cafe in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Casa Mofo

A modern, hip place with seating inside and out, Casa Mofo is a bakery with great snacks (samosas Ar700, quiche Ar5000, scoop of ice cream Ar4000). It's one of the best places in town for breakfast (coffee and...

European in Ambatoloaka

Karibo

Sister to the excellent Le Papillon restaurant in Hell-Ville, the menu here is the same: very good pastas (Ar22,000 to Ar24,000) and a tasty range of meat and fish.

European in Ambatoloaka

Ba Tu Mo Ch

The glorious location of this hotel restaurant is hard to beat – on a wooden deck overlooking the sea. Perhaps that's why its name is a play on 'bateau mouche', those boats that whizz up and down the River Seine...

Malagasy 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 provides...

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. An 'American'...

Italian in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Nandipo

This very cool place with a fun ambience is an expats' favourite, even though it's now looking a bit frayed at the edges. It serves excellent wood-oven pizzas as well as pasta, fish and meat dishes. The staff is...