Top things to do in The West

Top Choice Mauritian in Chamarel

Restaurant Le Barbizon

Barbizon may not look like much, but it's a fabulous place. Marie-Ange helms the kitchen, whipping up traditional Mauritian flavours from her family's cookbook, while Rico L'Intelligent (what a name!) entertains at …
Top Choice Forest in Chamarel

Ebony Forest of Chamarel

One of the most exciting conservation initiatives in Mauritius in the last few years, the Ebony Forest seeks to recreate a small pocket of indigenous native forest, the likes of which covered the entire island just …
Top Choice Beach in Tamarin & Black River

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, although things are changing. Tamarin remains a popular place …
Top Choice Museum in Chamarel

Rhumerie de Chamarel

Set among the vast hillside plantations of Chamarel, the rhumerie is a working distillery that doubles as a museum showcasing the rum-making process. The pet project of the Beachcomber hotel tycoon, the factory open…
Top Choice Mauritian in Flic en Flac

Canne à Sucre

Now here's something special: an authentic slice of Mauritian life in the midst of touristy Flic en Flac. May has converted her roadside bar-restaurant into a cosy space that captures the essence of coastal Mauritiu…
Top Choice Museum in Chamarel

Curious Corner of Chamarel

This eclectic place is utterly unlike anywhere else on the island. Essentially an interactive gallery of illusions and art, it has an upside-down room, a laser room and plenty of other attractions that play on your …
Top Choice Mauritian in Tamarin & Black River

La Bonne Chute

Don't be dissuaded by its location adjacent to a petrol station; La Bonne Chute has been around since 1969 (!) and has built its reputation on expertly prepared dishes served in an attractive garden setting. From du…
Top Choice Cafe in Tamarin & Black River

Frenchie Café

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

L'Alchimiste

The Rhumerie de Chamarel's chic restaurant boasts an impressive menu that promises to satisfy, with seafood and palm heart from the surrounding hills the highlights. The chef's philosophy is definitely gourmet: Maur…
Top Choice Deli in Tamarin & Black River

Chez Philippe

Take-away-only Chez Philippe is a fabulous little deli serving up pre-prepared takeaway meals, such as salads, lasagne and creative interpretations of local dishes. There's also foie gras, cheeses and exceptional de…