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What to Eat & Drink in the French Islands

At the top end, Caribbean dining stands toe to toe with anything on offer in major North American or European cities, not least because a trail of renowned chefs have made their way to the Caribbean to take charge of restaurants in the luxury resorts. The real joy, however, is discovering those unannounced roadside stalls and beach bars where the food combines with the surroundings to deliver the perfect experience.

Dine like a local

Apart from the gourmet French food, the French islands offer the chance to indulge in plates of salt fish accras, or boudin, blood sausages in a natural casing. The curry aroma of Colombo stew is also one to savor. Local beers include Corsaire in Guadeloupe and Lorraine in Martinique, while both islands are noted for their outstanding rums.

Where to go

In Grand Case, St. Martin, the Lolos are renowned for their barbecued grills in an open air setting, while the town’s “restaurant row” made its reputation on fine French dining. In Guadeloupe, Gosier is preferable to Pointe a Pitre for dinner, while Fort de France in Martinique is just one of many places to find some excellent French restaurants.

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