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 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 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...

Creole in Victoria

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...

Gifts & Souvenirs in Victoria

Seychelles Island Foundation

If you want to buy a coco fesse (the fruit of the coco de mer palm), head to the Seychelles Island Foundation, which has some stock and will issue you the required export permit. Be prepared to fork out about...

International in Victoria

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...

Church in Victoria

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

This imposing cathedral is noteworthy for its elegant portal and colonnaded facade – the interior nave is long and airy with some stained-glass windows. The extraordinary building immediately west of the...

Cafe in Victoria

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...

Gardens in Victoria

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

The manicured botanical gardens, full of streams and birdsong, are about a 10-minute walk south of the centre. Star attractions are the coco de mer palms lining the main alley. There's also a spice grove, a pen...

International in Victoria

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.

Fast Food in Victoria

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...

Architecture in Victoria

Domus

The extravagant facade of the building immediately west of the cathedral belongs to the Domus – built in 1934 as a residence for Swiss missionaries, it's now the Roman Catholic priests' residence and a national...

Bar in Victoria

Level Three Bar

Despite the odd location in a nondescript building near the harbour, Level Three Bar is worth considering for its affordable cocktails (Rs 150) and its cool atmosphere. There's karaoke on Friday evening.

Monument in Victoria

Clock Tower

The focal point of the city centre is this downsized replica of the clock tower on London's Vauxhall Bridge. It was brought to Victoria in 1903 when the Seychelles became a Crown colony.

Arts & Crafts in Victoria

Camion Hall

Head to this small shopping mall right in the centre for creative and interesting locally made arts and crafts.

Cafeteria in Victoria

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...

Italian in Victoria

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...

Creole in Victoria

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,...

Pizza in Victoria

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...