Northern Madagascar


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 Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

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,...

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...

French in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

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:...

Italian in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

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...

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


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.

Malagasy in Nosy Komba

Chez Madio

Madio makes the most of local ingredients to produce excellent dishes. Seafood is a speciality – order the fish of the day with a platter of delicious chips. Eat upstairs to catch the breeze.

Seafood in Ramena

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...

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...

Malagasy in Nosy Komba

Gargote Vanille

Timo and Stéphanie have a miniscule veranda with just four tables on which to serve their delicious food. Fish, prawns and lobster come with garlic butter or coconut-citrus sauce and chips. It's excellent value....

Bakery in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

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...

Malagasy in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

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...

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'...

Malagasy in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

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...