Guadeloupe Restaurants

Creole cooking is the result of a fusion of influences: African, European, Indian, and Caribbean. It's colorful, spicy, and made up primarily of local seafood and vegetables (including squashlike christophenes), root vegetables, and plantains, always with a healthy dose of pepper sauce. Favorite appetizers include accras (salted
Creole cooking is the result of a fusion of influences: African, European, Indian, and Caribbean. It's colorful, spicy, and made up primarily of local seafood and vegetables (including squashlike christophenes), root vegetables, and plantains, always with a healthy dose
Creole cooking is the result of a fusion of influences: African, European, Indian, and Caribbean. It's colorful, spicy,

Creole cooking is the result of a fusion of influences: African, European, Indian, and Caribbean. It's colorful, spicy, and made up primarily of local seafood and vegetables (including squashlike christophenes), root vegetables, and plantains, always with a healthy dose of pepper sauce. Favorite appetizers include accras (salted codfish fritters), boudin (highly seasoned blood sausage), and crabes farcis (stuffed land crabs). Langouste (lobster), lambi (conch), chatrou (octopus), and ouassous (crayfish) are considered delicacies. Souchy (Tahitian-style ceviche), raw fish that is "cooked" when marinated in lime juice or similar marinades, is best at seafront restaurants. Moules et frites (mussels in broth served with fries) can be found at cafés, both in the Marina in St-François and Bas du Fort Marina. Many of the best restaurants are in Jarry, a commercial area near Pointe-à-Pitre. All restaurants and bars are smoke-free, as decreed by French law.

Diverse culinary options range from pizza and crepes to Indian cuisine. For a quick and inexpensive meal, visit a boulangerie, where you can buy luscious French pastries and simple baguette sandwiches. Look for the recommendable chain Baguet. Good news: while menu prices may seem high, prices include tax and service, but a small extra tip in cash is expected, just as in France. In most restaurants in Guadeloupe (as throughout the Caribbean), lobster is the most expensive item on the menu.

What to Wear: Dining is casual at lunch, but beach attire is not appropriate except at the most laid-back beachside eateries. Dinner is slightly more formal. Long pants, collared shirts, and skirts or dresses are appreciated, although not required. Guadeloupean ladies like to "dress," particularly on weekends, so don't arrive in flip-flops—they'll be in heels.

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  • 1. Le Touloulou Le Restaurant

    $$ | Seafood

    On the curve of Plage de Petite-Anse, this casual hotel restaurant has tables in the sand, stylish Euro decor, and the freshest, most delicious...Read More

  • 2. Zawag

    $$$ | Seafood

    At this secret hideaway you'll see the churning sea below and hear the waves crashing against the coral rock upon which it sits. The interior...Read More

  • 3. Chez Henri

    $$ | Caribbean

    This hip place on the water, flanked by the town pier, is named for its passionate chef-owner, Henri Vergerolle, an island character who spent...Read More

  • 4. Couleurs du Monde

    $$ | Café

    This fun, colorful waterfront café offers free Wi-Fi, books and newspapers to read, teas and coffees, wine, and icy rum cocktails, all of which...Read More

  • 5. La Toubana Restaurant

    $$$$ | French

    Delicious Caribbean-accented French cuisine draws diners to this open-air restaurant, where a specialty is fresh lobster, plucked from the petite...Read More

  • 6. Le Rocher de Malendure

    $$$ | Seafood

    Guests may at first be attracted to the gorgeous views of dive boats going to Pigeon Island, but they return again and again for food. After...Read More

  • 7. Restaurant Les Petits Saints

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Chef Xavier Simon is remarkably inventive with the fresh local produce and seafood, with grilled lobster the signature dish of his restaurant...Read More

  • 8. Ti Kaz La

    $$$ | French

    This small, convivial waterfront restaurant has a lot to recommend. The talented chef-owner, Philippe Dade, has created a place that's artsy...Read More

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