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 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. Iguane Café

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    Iguanas are indeed the theme here, and you can still spy them in unexpected places—but their numbers have diminished and the room now has a...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. Café Wango

    $$$ | Eclectic

    At this alfresco hot spot, Asian wok dishes, sushi, skewers, fish carpaccios, and tartares dominate the menu, and there are no fewer than nine...Read More

  • 4. Caraïbes Café

    $$ | Café

    This sidewalk café straight out of Paris is an "in" place for lunch and also a spot for a quick breakfast, a fresh juice cocktail—try corossel...Read More

  • 5. La Porte des Indes

    $$$ | Indian

    Dining here is truly a departure: the open-air pergola, the blue gates, the pungent aromas, and the bust of Ganesha. Within the paisley-covered...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Le Mabouya dans la Bouteille

    $$$ | French

    This fine-dining restaurant in St-François offers consistently good Franco-fusion cuisine. The French couple who owned a Parisian restaurant...Read More

  • 8. Restaurant la Vieille Tour

    $$$ | French

    An historic sugar mill is the backdrop for the artistic creations here, which pair refined French preparations with local produce. The lunch...Read More

  • 9. La Cuisine

    $$ | French

    It's a bit of Basque country and a lot of Bordeaux, with shades of Morocco in the colorful pillows. If you enjoy raw fish, try the stunningly...Read More

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