Seychelles – the home of flavour
A delicious smorgasbord of global and local cuisine
Whether you’re a food lover, cuisine adventurist, or just in need of nourishment, Seychelles cuisine will not disappoint. As a favourite tropical island travel destination, this Indian Ocean archipelago offers delicious food journeys for everyone.
Local Creole delicacies
Trying out the local cuisine is for most travellers part of their travel adventure. Get ready to be seduced by the fragrant local Creole cuisine.
Although Creole is a living cuisine and is constantly absorbing new flavours and redefining itself, it also holds many traditional recipes and flavours. Creole cuisine is harmonious and born out of a mixture of cultures.
Because it combines various origins and influences, this type of cooking is rich and bursting with special flavours. From freshly caught fish, to locally grown fruit, from spicy curries to sweet fried bananas, there is something here for every palate.
Here are just a few local delicacies to try out: freshly grilled fish; salted fish; fish curry; fish with rice; coconut infused curries; lentils cooked in garlic, onions and ginger; sausage rougay; breadfruit and traditional satini (watch out for the chilli). Remember to try out anything with banana in it.
Take some of the island’s aromas home with you to keep your holiday memories fresh. Visit the fresh market in Victoria and stock up on all things spicy. If you’re looking to cook traditional Creole food once you’re back home, grab a few bottles of the Creole mixed spice. It has everything from paprika and cayenne to black pepper and dried oregano in it.
There is something for every palate
If you’re less adventurous, or just in the mood for something else, you won’t need to go far. Call it a ‘global buffet’ if you want! Because the Seychelles economy is so geared towards tourism, they dish up a wide variety of cuisine at a myriad of restaurants ranging from elegant fine dining to local hole-in-the-wall establishments.
You don’t have to venture too far……
STORY Seychelles is a fine example of the variety and excellence Seychelles offers. It will be safe to say that it comes among the best hotel and resorts Seychelles have to offer.
Find Trip Advisor’s top 3 restaurants on Mahé island right here!
Top ranked is Seyshima – the home of sizzling teppanyaki and fresh sushi. A wonderful journey into Japanese cuisine with a side of sake.
Trader Vic’s comes in at second place. Set in the resort’s lush gardens, it overlooks the lagoon. It is a French-Polynesian restaurant and home to the original Mai Tai® and Seyhorse cocktails.
While there are many restaurants that offer Creole cuisine, some of the best restaurants in Seychelles are located outside of the capital Victoria. If you’re looking for an authentic island experience accompanied by good food and vibey live music, this is the place.
Eden is the best of many worlds and voted TripAdvisor’s number three restaurant on the island. Nestled in the lush tropical gardens on the edge of the beach, it serves a delicious selection of mouth watering Creole inspired fresh seafood and prime cuts of meat from the BBQ. Its vibe is authentic and romantic.
Ripples Pool Bar is the coolest place to hang out! It is casual, chic and home of the perfect daytime menu – accompanied by island style cocktails. Have it all while stretched out on a deckchair next to the pool.
Vascos is one of the best hotels and resorts in Seychelles. It is open-aired with a bright and contemporary decor. Start your day here with a buffet breakfast that has choices from all around the world, or end the day with an infusion of international and Creole cuisine. Fresco eating at its best!
1502 Bar is called after the year Vasco da Gama came upon Seychelles. This cocktail bar is airy and elegant, and offers an impressive array of cocktails, wines, spirits and non-alcoholic concoctions. If you’re peckish, there is a delicious à la carte menu to choose regular meals and lighter snacks from.
Tête-A-Tête is a unique island dining experience where you get to design your menu with the Executive Chef. Relax at a candlelit table at a secluded spot on the beach and let us create an unforgettable experience and a lifetime of memories for you.
Beau Vallon Bay at your service
Take a stroll along the white sands of Beau Vallon Bay and watch the lights spark to life as the sun says its last hooray. Along the way you’ll find some real gems to end the day at – the lively Beach Shack, the pizza heaven of Boabab, the simple elegance of Bliss floating above the rocks, or La Plage, which is the only restaurant right on the beach, a few meters away from the Indian ocean.
Sharing a meal is a tradition in Seychelles
Seychellois love gathering with family and friends to enjoy a meal. This heartiness is mirrored by Creole food – it is flavourful, filling and nourishing. So, make sure you mix up traditional island style food with world cuisine when visiting the islands.