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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Restaurant La Savane

    $$$ | French

    Even if there's a downpour, the overhanging gingerbread roof over your terrace table will keep you dry as the food and music keep your spirits...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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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