French Overseas Possessions — Food and Restaurants
French food is unsurprisingly common and very good in the French Overseas Possessions. The best places to dine out can be found in the territories with more developed tourism industries. Regional influences and indigenous cultures also define the cooking traditions of each region. From simple food stalls to big restaurants and buzzing nightclubs, you will not be disappointed.
Bars and Pubbing in French Overseas Possessions
Partying late night may be a distant concept for some of the French Overseas Possessions, but great nightlife awaits visitors in areas like New Caledonia and French Guiana. Local clubs and bars offer excellent evening entertainment in French Guiana, especially in the capital city of Cayenne. Some popular places to explore are Acropolys (Cayenne, City Center, French Guiana) and Harry’s Bar (Rue Rouget, Cayenne, French Guiana).
Late night entertainment is almost nonexistent in Martinique and Guadeloupe, but in New Caledonia, there are bars and cafés almost everywhere. To enjoy live music and drinks, head to the lively streets of Noumea, where will find Bodega Del Mar (Roger Laroque Ouen Toro Area, Noumea, New Caledonia) and Best Café (Place des Cocotiers Area, Noumea, New Caledonia).
The capital city is also home to a couple of movie theaters and a lively night market. Ciné City (Place des Cocotiers Area, Noumea, New Caledonia) is the place to enjoy a good movie or catch the La Foa Film Festival in-season, while the Jeudi du Centre Ville Street Market (Place des Cocotiers, Noumea, New Caledonia) gets very busy on Thursday nights when people flock to buy arts and crafts, delicious food and see traditional dance shows.
Dining and Cuisine in French Overseas Possessions
The French Overseas Possessions with the most restaurant choices are also the ones with the best coastal strips where tourists can enjoy great eats and a seaside ambience at the same time. In French Guiana, there is a wide selection of spots serving everything from Creole to Asian, Egyptian and Western cuisine, including Les Pyramides, Le Café Creme, and Porta Verde (all near Central Cayenne, French Guiana). Locals and tourists alike enjoy snacking at the market stalls as well as in the lively Place des Palmistes.
There are many French restaurants in New Caledonia, especially in the Latin Quarter and at the seaside. Some popular dining options include La Fiesta Chez Alban, Le Salvatore, and Le Bout du Monde (all near Noumea’s Latin Quarter, New Caledonia).
Tahiti, on the other hand, is known for its island flavors like Coco’s Restaurant, Restaurant Nuutere and Blue Banana, all of which offer French and local specialties and fine selection of sweets.