Top things to do

Top Choice Beach in Tamarin & Rivière Noire

Tamarin Beach

Locals like to wax nostalgic about Tamarin Beach and its surfing heyday, and in many ways this sandy cove still feels like a throwback to earlier times – especially since the centrally located Tamarin Hotel looks as…
Top Choice Cafe in Tamarin & Rivière Noire

Frenchie Café

One of the coolest places on the island, French-run Frenchie does carpaccios, quick bites and more substantial (but reasonably priced) mains, as well as breakfasts and an outstanding Sunday brunch (11am to 4pm). It'…
Top Choice Mauritian in Tamarin & Rivière Noire

La Bonne Chute

Don't be dissuaded by the petrol-station-adjacent location; La Bonne Chute has built its reputation on its flavourful dishes and attractive garden setting. From duck confit to prawn cassoulette to the best palm-hear…
Top Choice Jazz in Tamarin & Rivière Noire

Tamarin Hotel

Concerts indulge the passion for jazz of the hotel's owner (he's the one on sax) – the result is one of the best live-music venues on the island. On Tuesday jazz takes a break for some local séga rhythms, before nor…
Tapas in Tamarin & Rivière Noire

Kozy Garden

This very cool designer spot with a funky cocktail bar and poolside seating makes for one of the trendier eating experiences in the west. Dishes include half-cooked tuna in sesame seeds or four spices and honey duck…
Deli in Tamarin & Rivière Noire

Chez Philippe

Best known as a cooking school, Chez Philippe also has a fabulous little deli serving up prepared takeaway meals, such as salads, lasagne and creative interpretations of local dishes. There's also foie gras, cheeses…
Bar in Tamarin & Rivière Noire

Le Dix-Neuf

Hidden behind the walls of Tamarina's exclusive golfing grounds, this classy lodge-like venue, situated at the clubhouse, is a great place for a sundown snifter. Notice how the pentagonal window behind the dark-wood…
International in Tamarin & Rivière Noire

La Madrague

This place feels like a poolside restaurant at a posh resort, yet there's no hotel in sight – it's hidden down a dirt track that begins near the entrance gate to the Tamarina golf grounds. The menu features standard…
Mauritian in Tamarin & Rivière Noire

Le Cabanon Créole

Friendly service and spicy spins on Creole home cooking make this family-run place a perennial favourite. There's a limited range of daily dishes, such as rougaille saucisses (spicy sausages) and chicken curry; spec…
International in Tamarin & Rivière Noire

Lazy Lizard

This slick cafe has just undergone a major refurbishment and it's aiming for a sophisticated market with light meals (sandwiches, pasta, omelettes); Friday night is sushi night, and the burger-and-beer night on Satu…