Top ChoiceMauritian 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...

Top ChoiceForest 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...

Top ChoiceBeach in Tamarin & Black River

Tamarin Beach

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...

Top ChoiceMuseum 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...

Top ChoiceMauritian 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...

Top ChoiceMuseum 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...

Top ChoiceCafe 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...

Top ChoiceMauritian 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...

Top ChoiceMauritian 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:...

Top ChoiceDeli 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...

Top ChoiceCreole in Flic en Flac

Creole Shack

Set just back from the beach so that passers-by don't even know it's there, this wood-lined place does authentic Creole cooking like coconut prawns, traditional Mauritian curries and rougaílles (tomato-based...

Top ChoiceChinese in Flic en Flac

Domaine Anna

You'll need a taxi or rental car to get here, but you'll be glad you made the trip: this is Flic en Flac's most refined dining experience, set in colonial-style pavilions. The predominantly Chinese menu is the...

Top ChoiceMauritian in Chamarel

Mich Resto

Consistently glowing reviews from travellers, a classier setting than most in the area, friendly waiters, one of the best palm-heart salads we've tasted, excellent seafood… Mich Resto is a fine place for lunch....

Top ChoiceCafe in Le Morne Peninsula

Wapalapam Island Eatery

The sort of chilled place you'd expect to find in a downtempo Mauritius beach town, Wapalapam Island Eatery is actually quite the rarity in this part of the country. It's a fabulous mix of breakfast, dishes from...

Top ChoiceIndian in Flic en Flac

Roti Aka Vinoda

It's all very simple here - rotis or farata (Indian flatbreads) filled with whatever you like – fish, beef, chicken etc. The quality puts many Indian restaurants to shame and, not surprisingly, queues form early...

Top ChoiceLounge in La Gaulette

Enso

La Gaulette's coolest place to drink, this upstairs lounge bar has a 5pm to 6pm Happy Hour, as well as a long cocktail list. There's often live music on weekends.

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Black River Gorges National Park

Gorges Viewpoint

Gorges Viewpoint

On a clear day, the views from here across the gorge and down towards the west coast rank among the best on the island.

Mauritian in Flic en Flac

Paul & Virginie

With lovely thatched platforms extending over swimming pools and towards the ocean, Paul & Virginie makes for a romantic meal. The food – grilled fish, palm-heart salads, curries and seafood in many guises –...

Bar in Flic en Flac

KenziBar

KenziBar, a block or two back from the waterfront, is your best bet for nightlife in Flic en Flac, and one of few places where it's about more than just noise. There's tongue-tingling rhum arrangés (rum punch),...

Mauritian in Chamarel

Varangue sur Morne

This former hunting lodge is an institution, and it's not hard to see why. Its stunning location offers great views over the forested hillsides towards the ocean, and the superb menu is pricey but excellent:...