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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…
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…
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 …
Gardens in St-Philippe

Le Jardin des Parfums et des Épices

Inland between Le Baril and St-Philippe, don't miss the 3-hectare garden, Le Jardin des Parfums et des Épices. It contains over 1500 species in a natural setting in the Mare Longue forest, 3km west of St-Philippe. K…
Creole in Rivière Langevin

Le Benjoin

One of a number of popular eateries along the river, this ramshackle venture has a good terrace for a sandwich, a takeaway curry (from €6) or a beer but we wouldn't recommend eating in as the service is lacklustre a…
Gardens in St-Joseph to Grand Coude

Le Labyrinthe En Champ Thé

At the entrance of Grand Coude, Le Labyrinthe En Champ Thé is worth an hour or so for anyone interested in tropical flora, with an emphasis on tea and geranium. This botanical garden is the only place in Réunion whe…
International in St-Pierre to St-Joseph

Chez Jo

In this buzzy eatery overlooking the tide pool in Manapany-les-Bains, you're bound to find something on the menu that takes your fancy. Treat yourself to grilled fish and meat dishes, salads or Creole staples, or ju…