Those who want to understand how the ambrosia called rum starts in the sugar-cane fields and ends on their palates should come to this museum, set on the site of the Isautier estate, one of the oldest rum distillers on Réunion. There are plenty of explanations in English and audio guides are available (€2). You can buy rum at the on-site shop. It's about 5km northwest of Saint-Pierre (in the direction of Bois d'Olives).
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Nearby Réunion attractions
West of the centre, this highly colourful Tamil temple is well worth a gander. Visitors are not allowed inside the temple.
Don't miss this grand Creole mansion that was built in the late 18th century.
If you like temples, this discreet yet vividly colourful building is well worth a peek.
Built in 1765, St-Pierre church is one of St-Pierre's many architectural gems and features an elegant peristyle and two towers.
An elegant landmark east of the centre, the neoclassical Hôtel de la Sous-Préfecture begs to be admired.
You'll be impressed by the massive proportions of St-Pierre's mosque, which extends an entire block. Its slender minaret is particularly striking…
Housed in a metallic structure dating from 1856, the small covered market is a great place to wander if you're after fresh fruit, vegetables, local spices…
This lovingly restored building dates from the thriving era of the French East India Company.