Top things to do in The Cirques

Top Choice Crêpes in Cilaos

L'Instant Plaisirs

If you're growing weary of heavy regional dishes, this cute crêperie is a godsend. It's renowned for its gourmet crêpes and galettes made from quality ingredients. The grey-and-white decor gives it a fresh, modern f…
Top Choice Museum in Hell-Bourg

Musée des Musiques et Instruments de l'Océan Indien

A great surprise! In October 2015, the innovative Musée des Musiques et Instruments de l'Océan Indien welcomed its first visitors, showcasing hundreds of musical instruments from Africa, India, China and Madagascar …
Top Choice Bistro in Cilaos

L'Atelier des Saveurs

Well-respected chef Gregory and his wife (and sommelier) Pauline opened this very special spot on the main drag in late 2018. The emphasis is on local produce showcased in simple but extraordinary good dishes.
Top Choice Creole in Hell-Bourg

Villa Marthe

This excellent restaurant serves hearty regional dishes including curries, stews and bol renversé (a bowl of rice with various toppings) at very affordable prices. You’ll need to get here early for lunch, especially…
Museum in Cilaos

Maison de la Broderie

Entirely modernised in 2014, the Maison de la Broderie is home to an association of 30 or so local women dedicated to keeping Cilaos' embroidery tradition alive. They embroider and sell children's clothes, serviette…
Historic Building in Hell-Bourg

Maison Folio

One of the loveliest of Hell-Bourg's Creole houses is this typical 19th-century bourgeois villa almost engulfed by its densely planted garden. You can wander around the property or opt for the guided tour run by the…
Creole in Cilaos

Chez Noé

A long-standing institution, Chez Noë is almost a rite of passage in Cilaos. It churns out invigorating Creole favourites such as sausage with lentils and gratin de chouchou (choko; a green squash-like vegetable tha…
Creole in Cilaos

Les Sentiers

Come lunch and dinner, this cute case créole is alive with action. Tables spill from inside out onto a breezy terrace. Food-wise, the menu features all the Creole classics, with an emphasis on Cilaos lentils as an a…
Creole in Hell-Bourg

Ti Chou Chou

This small restaurant, with its appealing colourful facade on the main drag, is run by a friendly young team. Herbivores will opt for the assiette ti chouchou, which offers a combination of chouchou, cresson and cap…
Viewpoint in Cilaos

La Roche Merveilleuse

Head to the Marvellous Rock for an eagle-eye panorama of Cilaos. It's accessible on foot or by road. From Cilaos, take the road to Bras-Sec. The turn-off to La Roche Merveilleuse is signposted on the left after abou…