Marie-Galante Dining / Restaurants / Nightlife
Dining in the French West Indies is always a memorable event. An exciting variety of restaurants take advantage of gorgeous settings to complement their culinary delights. Cooking in France is an art form and Marie-Galante continues this delicious tradition.
Visitors discover a wide range of local specialties with an emphasis on seafood and spicy Créole dishes. Le déjeuner, or lunch, is often the main meal of the day and usually served from noon to 2 p.m. It's generally a good idea to call ahead for reservations for dinner.
The pace of service in many Caribbean restaurants may surprise first-time visitors. It is wise to remember that standards are different in the islands. If you demand fast food and brisk service, perhaps the Caribbean is not for you. However, if you can downshift and relax into a tropical mode, your patience will be richly rewarded. Experienced travelers always arrive at Marie-Galante restaurants before they are really hungry and allow extra time for their meals to be prepared and served.
A 15% fee is often included in restaurant bills (service compris) and additional tips are optional. Budget-conscious travelers with kitchenette facilities have learned to avoid the costs of dining out by preparing many of their own meals.
Marie-Galante's cuisine mirrors its many cultures. The local Créole specialties combine the finesse of French cuisine, the spice of African cookery with the exoticism of East Indian and Southeast Asian recipes. Fresh seafood appears on most menus. Other specialties are: shellfish, smoked fish, stuffed land crabs, stewed conch and curry dishes. Local rum drinks often precede a meal and imported French wines usually accompany it.
Special Bonus: A Guide to Créole Cooking Terms
Even in peaceful Marie-Galante, it’s possible to enjoy some island nightlife during your visit. Dancing and musical evenings with performances by local and visiting artists can be found in Capesterre, Grand-Bourg or Saint-Louis. Check with the Tourist Office, your hotel or one of the locals to find out what's currently available.
Featured Restaurants / Nightspots
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