Best restaurants in Northern Madagascar

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    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 Africa: a gazebo perched on a low hill overlooking mangroves and Nosy Sakatia, decorated with traditional china and 19th-century paintings. Splendid.

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    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 the menu according to the season and the fresh pasta and fish dishes are particularly good. Breakfast is also served. Papillon's sister restaurant Karibo is in Ambatoloaka.

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    Tsara Be Restaurant

    French cuisine with a touch of Madagascar, set off with a twist of Thai flavours, make this restaurant a crowd-pleaser. It's the sort of place where locals dress up and go to celebrate. There are dark-red walls, white tablecloths, good service and a wide range of cocktails and wines. The large interior has tables spilling out onto the street.

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    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 cheap. Try some of the local staples such as romazava (beef and vegetable stew) or poulet sauce (chicken in tomato sauce).

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    Le Melville

    Right by the sea, with a fabulous deck that’s particularly alluring at sunset, the atmosphere at Melville is romantic and sophisticated without being stuffy. The food is delicious, featuring zebu and seafood: fish lovers will be spoilt for choice. Try the skewers of fish, prawn and calamari served with rice (Ar23,500). Service is also top-class. Booking is recommended for weekends.

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    La Rosticceria

    An old favourite, this Italian restaurant has a an interesting menu featuring freshly made pasta with pesto, cream, meat or seafood sauces. The fish is good: we loved the prawn and fish duo with ginger sauce. The restaurant decor follows a nautical theme, with intricately carved wooden vessels and old maps for decoration. Outside tables sit on a veranda.

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    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 after dessert at lunch, grab a sunlounger and an ice-cold THB, and relax with a good book. Bookings are essential for the Sunday buffet.

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    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 Hell-Ville, but unfortunately not open for dinner. Breakfast includes fruit juice, coffee and a croissant for Ar13,100.

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    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 croissant Ar6000). Vegetarians are catered for, too. There's no alcohol served here.

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    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.

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    Baobab French Cuisine

    This well-regarded place offers a traditional French menu upstairs on an open roof terrace.

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    Le 5 Trop Près

    Ramena is a fishing village so it’s hardly surprising that seafood is plentiful. Right on the beach at Le 5 Trop Près (pronounced like St Tropez, a wink to the glitzy French Riviera town), it comes in many guises and everything is delicious. There's a buzzy, friendly vibe. It is especially popular on Sundays, when booking is recommended. Next door are three rooms for hire at Ar70,000. They have fans and wi-fi, but no hot water.

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    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 in Paris. However, locals report that the food doesn't quite live up to expectations and the welcome could be better.

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    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 atmospheric people-watching, there's always a good vibe at the bar, with people playing pool, and live music several times a week in smart Le Club next door.

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    Pâtisserie Le Grand Hôtel

    This excellent bakery doubles as a cafe that’s popular with tourists. It’s a great choice for an economical and light breakfast, or a cheap lunch of salad or a sandwich. There are some lovely pastries too, which you can devour with real espresso (Ar4500). Ice cream is Ar3500 per scoop. It's on the street-side veranda of this smart hotel.

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    La Bodega

    The name suggests Spanish influence, but owner Cyrille is French and the colourful restaurant is in Madagascar, so it’s hardly surprising the menu is a mix of all three. We loved the tapas à la Malagasy and the amazing rum cocktails. It has a great atmosphere and is definitely worth going all the way to the end of Rue Colbert.

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    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' breakfast with fruit, yoghurt, bacon and an omelette will set you back Ar17,500. It's very quiet in the evenings.

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    La Terrasse du Voyageur

    The 4th-floor restaurant at hotel La Terrasse du Voyageur has sweeping views of Diego. It’s a cosy and convivial space, with a TV lounge, library and bar. The Malagasy dishes are good value: portions are gargantuan and the food delicious. The restaurant is only open for dinner.

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    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 friendly and they serve a great selection of drinks. Try the half-pizza/half-salad option (Ar16,000).

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    Su et Giu

    The wood-fired pizzas here are very good, served in a large breezy room on the 1st floor, with views over busy Rue Colbert. Vegetarians will find plenty to choose from on the menu. A bar along the back wall produces moreish cocktails from Ar8000.