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5 best restaurants in Mauritius

Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor

1 Amigo

For fantastic fish dishes

Located on the island’s northern tip, Amigo is easy to fall in love with – rustically set on the first floor of an ordinary house behind the township near the cane farms, it has a friendly feel and customers’ reviews handwritten on the walls. The tables have been kept clear for guests to sample seafood specialities like 3kg lobster, mussels and prawns, as well as the traditional rhum drink and banana flambé. A simple mainstay of Mauritius where you can leave your thoughts on the wall...

Royal Road, Le Pavillon, Cap Malheureux, Mauritius        +00 230 262 8418

2 Palais de Barbizon

Home-cooked heaven

It’s not just delicious local dishes that draw visitors here. It’s the traditional Mauritian atmosphere, the welcoming hosts and the distinct setting. Located in the southern hills, its owner offers a daily changing set menu of old family recipes of chicken or fish with vegetables and rice, followed by dessert. All are prepared by his wife and served by his sister-in-law in a simple restaurant decorated by a colourful mural. Child-friendly yet romantic, it offers great value for money, too.

St Anne Road, Chamarel village, Southwest Mauritius        +00 230 483 4178

3 Domaine Anna

Chic Chinese

Receiving rave reviews, Domaine Anna is set in sensational surroundings that scream romance. As you approach the driveway you’re greeted by torchlight, then you’ll dine in a private gazebo on a lake flanked by lush gardens. As well as its palatial ambience, the restaurant is characterised by live music and dancing at weekends, not to mention the fantastic food – much of which is grown on the estate. Dine with a largely Chinese clientele and know that this is the nation’s cuisine at its best.

Médine, Flic en Flac, Mauritius        +00 230 453 9650

4 Indian Pavilion

Hotel haute cuisine

Open your senses to the Indian Pavilion, with its ever-changing Tasting Menu and fine a la carte selection. Classic Indian dishes are magically interpreted by Vineet Bhatia, who also owns a Michelin-starred restaurant in Chelsea, wowing you with intense flavours in tender meats and succulent seafood. Views of the mountainside sugarcanes and a private lagoon within the Le Saint Géran Resort make this an atmospheric, adult venue that puts you at ease as you sip wine perfectly paired to your meal.

One & Only Le Saint Géran, Pointe de Flacq, Mauritius        +230 401 1688

5 Le Château de Bel Ombre

Step back in time

Set in the island’s stunning south, Le Château de Bel Ombre is a beautifully restored 19th-century colonial mansion with a really elegant feel. Candlelight and silver service give it an exclusive ambience, while the à la carte fusion menu features dishes like pheasant terrine with tamarind confit. Saturday is traditional Mauritian night, when you can sample a host of authentic island dishes. Be sure to book a balcony table for memorable views of the sugar fields and the sea.

Domaine de Bel Ombre, Southwest Mauritius        +00 230 623 5522


4 hottest bars in Mauritius

Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark

1 Big Willy's

Sports and special offers

Happy hours, live music, a dance floor and sports coverage on three screens… Big Willy’s has it all. Its location in the popular Tamarin Bay, just two minutes from the coast, makes it a great place to stop off for two-for-one cocktails during the week or to spend the evening getting your groove on with DJs in the nightclub at the weekends. The tropical gardens are the perfect place to chill out with a vintage wine and listen to live music – and the food is pretty good bet too.

La Barachois, Tamarin Bay, West Mauritius        +00 230 483 7400

2 Banana Beach Club

A tropical treat

The best-known bar in Mauritius, Banana Beach Club is set in the centre of Grand Baie and is loved by locals as well as tourists. Come here for live music – from jazz and blues to rock – and an after-hours DJ seven nights a week, when you can work your way through the cocktail list or try a local chilled beer. The bar’s tropical setting is instantly recognisable by the towering tree in the middle of the bar, offering a cool ambience where you can sit back and even feast on food from the grill.

Coastal Road, Grand Baie, North Mauritius        +00 230 263 0326

3 Piano Bar at Le Cardinal

Immerse yourself in music

For an intimate evening in a refined atmosphere, make your way to the Piano Bar at Le Cardinal Exclusive Resort. Open on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays for live piano evenings, it is a stunning place to enjoy an array of cocktails – whether from the sophisticated indoor bar or from the outdoor deck, where you can soak up the spectacular sunsets of the north coast. Sip your favourite tipple and nibble on tempting snacks while the sound of piano music fills the air.

Le Cardinal Exclusive Resort, Royal Road, Trou aux Biches        +230 204 5200

4 Les Enfants Terribles

Go wild!

Party the night away in the 'little terrors' nightclub with its dance floor brimming with sociable punters and walls covered in crinkled photos of past fun. The chilled-out lounge area offers a quieter oasis, while the special VIP section overflows with Champagne. An indoor and outdoor venue bringing in a mixed crowd, it is THE place to experience a welcoming local vibe that lasts until the early hours.

Royal Rd, Flic en Flac        +230 263 8117