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Top ChoiceCreole in East Coast

La Grande Maison

At Takamaka Bay, La Grande Maison is the home kitchen of Christelle Verheyden, arguably the country's most talented chef. The atmosphere, in a restored and airy colonial home, is a fine backdrop for Verheyden's...

Top ChoiceCreole in Victoria

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)...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Victoria

National Museum of History

Housed in Victoria's restored colonial-era Supreme Court building (1885), this terrific museum opened in late 2018. While the architecture itself is worth admiring, the museum's exhibitions are outstanding....

Top ChoiceCreole in West Coast

Del Place

This delightful spot weds cafe-cool to excellent cooking. The centrepiece is local seafood: octopus straight from the lagoon, baked red snapper in banana leaf, seafood platters and Creole curries, including the...

Top ChoiceMarket in Victoria

Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market

Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market

No trip to Victoria would be complete without a wander through the covered market. It's small by African standards, but it's a bustling, colourful place nonetheless. Alongside fresh fruit and vegetables, stalls...

Top ChoiceInternational in Beau Vallon & the North Coast

Rockpool

The views here, next to Bliss hotel, are rather special and there's a real classy-but-casual atmosphere; they haven't tried to cram in too many tables, for example. The menu offers a mix of seafood (fish...

Top ChoiceInternational in East Coast

Kafe Kreol

One of the east coast's best seaside restaurants, stylish and breezy Kafe Kreol combines beachside charm, good service and terrific food; the octopus curry is outstanding, the tuna is cooked just right and the...

Top ChoiceSeafood in West Coast

Oscars - The Bar & Grill

For fresh fish, grilled just the way it should be, Oscars is a terrific choice. There's grouper, sailfish, marlin and red snapper, but the best order is yellow-fin tuna seared, served rare and marinated in the...

Top ChoiceDistillery in East Coast

Takamaka Bay

Takamaka Bay

On this popular tour you learn the story behind the island's main distillery and about the rum-making process. The tour runs for between 30 and 45 minutes and concludes with a tasting and an opportunity to...

Top ChoiceCafe in Morne Seychellois National Park

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...

Top ChoiceBeach in Beau Vallon & the North Coast

Beau Vallon Beach

A beautiful semi-circle of sand backed by palms and takamaka trees, Beau Vallon beach is Mahé's most popular. The swimming is excellent, but there can be strong waves from June to November. For day visitors,...

Top ChoiceBeach in West Coast

Anse Soleil

The idyllic little beach of Anse Soleil is a pocket-sized paradise. You can pause here for lunch – there's a beach restaurant – but beware, you may never want to leave. It's accessible via a secondary road (it's...

Top ChoiceLounge in Eden Island

The Boardwalk

As good for a morning coffee as a late-night cocktail, this slice of sophistication could be the coolest place on the island. With wicker sofas on a pontoon out on the water and downbeat tunes keeping things...

Top ChoiceBeach in West Coast

Anse Major

One of the most beautiful beaches on Mahé, Anse Major is only accessible on foot from Danzil – few visitors to the Seychelles make it here. The setting is a match for any beach in the Seychelles, although...

Top ChoiceBeach in West Coast

Anse Takamaka

The gently curving Anse Takamaka is a gorgeous strand for walking unfettered on white sand and gaping at sunsets. Facilities include Chez Batista's bar-restaurant.

Top ChoiceGallery in Victoria

Kaz Zanana

This gallery, in a traditional Creole wooden structure built in 1915 and restored in the 1980s, exhibits the work of George Camille, one of the Seychelles' best-loved painters. It's a short uphill walk from the...

National Park in Mahé

Morne Seychellois National Park

One of Mahé's highlights, the splendid Morne Seychellois National Park encompasses an impressive 20% of Mahé's land area and contains a wide variety of habitats, from coastal mangrove forests up to the country's...

Historic Site in Morne Seychellois National Park

Mission Lodge

Close to the highest point you can reach on Mahé by road, Mission Lodge has a superb lookout with spectacular views of central Mahé and the west coast, and some low-slung stone ruins slowly returning to the...

Beach in West Coast

Petite Anse

This pristine curve of white sand is accessible via the Four Seasons Resort; wait at the gate and a buggy will take you down to the beach. Come late afternoon: as the sun lowers, the sky deepens to orange. This...

Beach in East Coast

Fairyland Beach

Most of the Seychelles' postcard-stunning beaches are on Praslin and La Digue, but Fairyland Beach when seen from the south is a real looker, with a lovely arc of sand fringed with palm trees and granite...