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Top Choice Creole in Le Baril

Auberge Paysanne Le Palmier

Plenty of smiles from the owners, recipes plucked straight out of grandma's cookbook, a serene setting in the Hauts and lovely views from the terrace – if you're after an authentic Creole experience, this place is h…
Top Choice Creole in St-Pierre to St-Joseph

Les Badamiers

Heartily recommended by locals, this family-run eatery in a private house spins tasty carris and ace homemade desserts (Mmm, the tarte Tatin with papaya and cinnamon...). The menu is concise but everything is fresh,…
Top Choice Creole in Le Grand Brûlé

Chez Moustache

A welcoming family-run outfit in a picturesque Creole house complete with a courtyard garden, Chez Moustache serves authentic Creole specialities at honest prices. The food is grounded in island tradition, as testif…
Viewpoint in Le Grand Brûlé

Le Grand Brûlé Platform

In April 2007, in one of the most violent eruptions ever recorded, an impressive lava flow was formed, about 2km north of Pointe du Tremblet. The road was cut off for several months. It's a primal experience to driv…
Waterfall in Rivière Langevin

Cascade de la Grande Ravine

A narrow road follows the wide stony bed of the Rivière Langevin and leads to Cascade de la Grande Ravine, a majestic waterfall that drops into a broad pool. Admire it from a lookout by the road, about 9km from the …
Creole in Le Grand Brûlé

Le Vieux Port

A fine specimen of a restaurant, Le Vieux Port is ideally situated in a tropical garden about 500m south of the 2007 lava flow. It is strictly local cuisine – albeit of a refreshingly creative nature. Locals rave ab…
Viewpoint in Le Grand Brûlé

Pointe de la Table

In 1986 the lava unusually flowed south of Le Grand Brûlé to reach the sea at Pointe de la Table, a headland that lies a few hundred metres north of Puits Arabe. This eruption added over 30 hectares to the island's …
Beach in St-Pierre to St-Joseph

Plage de Grande Anse

Beach lovers should stop at Plage de Grande Anse, which is framed with basaltic cliffs and features a white-sand beach, a protected tide pool and picnic shelters. On weekends, the beach is often swamped with locals.…
Museum in St-Joseph to Grand Coude

La Maison de Laurina

Caffeine addicts should make a beeline for La Maison de Laurina, the owner of which grows a top-quality variety of coffee, the Bourbon Pointu. The admission price is a bit steep but it includes a visit to the planta…
Seafood in St-Philippe

Marmite du Pêcheur

Can't stomach one more morsel of carri poulet (chicken curry)? Then opt for this eatery where cuisine is predominantly fishy: crab, shrimps, fish and mussels, climaxing with a gargantuan marmite du pêcheur (€30), a …