Restaurants

Top Choice French 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 Africa: …
Top Choice Madagascan in Ambatoloaka

Chez Maman

For a true Madagascan eating experience, try Chez Maman, 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 c…
Top Choice Madagascan in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

La Bodega

The name suggests Spanish influence, but owner Cyrille is from France and the colourful restaurant is in Madagascar, so it’s hardly surprising the menu is a mix of all three nationalities. We loved the tapas à la Ma…
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…
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…
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 (Ar40,000). Seafood also gets pride of place in the daily three-course meal. If you want to linger afte…
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 an…
Madagascan 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 set taster menu of Madagascan dishes is good value: port…
French in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

Le Melville

Right by the sea, with a fabulous patio 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-…
Italian in Ambatoloaka

Chez Teresa

Run by the ebullient Teresa, this Italian restaurant is an eye-catching place, with its candy-colour decor and fairy lights. The menu features plenty of pizza and pastas that make good use of the plentiful supply of…