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 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 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 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…
Museum in Tamarin & Rivière Noire

Martello Tower

In the 1830s the British built five 'Martello' towers – copies of the tower at Mortella Point in Corsica (vowel order was apparently not a priority for the British) – to protect their young colony from predators (na…
Chinese in Tamarin & Rivière Noire

Pavillon de Jade

The proud owner of this no-frills Chinese joint above a faded supermarket refuses to sell his land to the hungry developers of the Balise Marina project. It's all about simple Chinese cooking here.
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…
Italian in Tamarin & Rivière Noire

Cosa Nostra

Two things make this popular pizza joint famous: the whisper-thin crust (you'll swear that you're just eating toppings) and the turtle-speed service (you'll think the servers went back to Italy to fetch your slice).
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…
Italian in Tamarin & Rivière Noire

Al Dente

High-quality Italian dishes like beef carpaccio, homemade pasta and osso bucco are a virtual trip to the mother country. The restaurant's down some steps at the back of the hip Ruisseau Créole shopping complex.