Best restaurants in Mahé

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    Marie-Antoinette

    Marie-Antoinette isn't just a restaurant, it's an experience, especially at dinner. It occupies a beautiful, wood-and-iron colonial Seychellois mansion. Bring an empty stomach – the menu (set menu of the day) includes battered parrotfish and aubergine fritters, grilled fish, tuna steak, chicken curry, fish stew, rice and salad, and hasn't changed since the 1970s. It's off the road to Beau Vallon. Legend has it that Henry Morton Stanley stayed here in the 1870s on his return journey from Africa, where he found Dr Livingstone; the house was once known as Livingstone's Cottage.

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    The Station

    With gorgeous views and a healthy ethic when it comes to cooking, The Station is a lovely place to stop high atop the island. Dishes range from salads, soups and bruschetta to meze and savoury pancakes; yummy desserts, too. The adults-only 'Letting Go Saturdays' is fast becoming an island institution.

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    Papagalo

    Downstairs from Sam's Pizzeria, this wildly popular takeaway place serves up hearty Creole staples in a cafeteria-style display cabinet – point to what you want, wait for staff to weigh it and you're halfway to a fine picnic at the place of your choosing. Dishes change daily, but often include pineapple chicken, lentils or chow mein.

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    Coco Blu

    The decor of this 1st-floor eatery overlooking the clock tower is easy on the eye, a mix of stylish and quirky, and the vantage point is good for people-watching. A change in name and ownership has done the food here the world of good – the octopus salad is among the best we tasted. Otherwise, the extensive menu takes in fish, meat, salad, pizza and ice cream.

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    Le Rendevous Cafe

    This charming oasis of a 1st-floor cafe rises above the din of downtown Victoria. It serves smoothies and fresh juices, good coffee, and light meals such as wraps, sandwiches and salads – we enjoyed the vanilla tea and the quinoa and bean salad. Service is friendly, and the air-con everything you'd hope for on a hot day.

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    The Market Bistro

    The food is fresh and tasty at this appealing eatery, in the southwestern corner of the market (upstairs). Typical dishes include smoked-fish salad, tiger prawns kebab or red snapper fillet.

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    Lai Lam Food Shop

    Order roast chicken, smoked fish with rice or other wholesome Creole staples at this crazily popular takeaway outlet smack-dab in the centre. Perfect to fill up on the cheap and take in the vibe from Victoria's working crowd.

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    News Café

    This cheerful cafe-bar overlooking the main drag is an excellent venue to enjoy breakfast (muesli!) and read the newspapers, or to take a lunchtime break from town. Wraps, paninis and pasta share the menu with roast chicken or pork, salads (try the octopus with mango) and seafood brochettes. For dessert, it has to be the ginger cream brûlée with cinnamon.

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    Taste of Italy

    Good honest Italian cooking with not a single frill (no money has been spent on the decor) is the order of the day here – no wonder it's so popular. In addition to pasta, served cafeteria-style, there are salads with a nod to local ingredients (eg smoked fish) and sandwiches. Ask about their breakfast or lunch special deals.

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    Smoke Roast House

    If you see locals walking around town with takeaway containers and satisfied looks, chances are they've been to this simple cafeteria just across the from the market. Dishes range from vegetable chow mein, quarter chicken wings or honey chicken wings to octopus curry or barbecue pork ribs.

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    Sam's Pizzeria

    Walls here are adorned with paintings by local artist George Camille, which gives the place a splash of style. Get things going with pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven, salad, pasta or grilled fish and meat. And yes, it's open on Sunday – a rarity in Victoria. Takeaway is available.

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    Double Click

    This buzzy eatery, popular with students, rustles up light meals including salads, soups and sandwiches. It's nothing special but its location means it sees more locals than tourists, prices are competitive, there's internet access and it serves zesty smoothies.