INSIGHT GUIDES POCKET SEYCHELLES (TRAVEL GUIDE WITH FREE EBOOK)
Eden Island Mall
Eden Ice Cream is our favourite spot for a fresh juice and an occasional ice cream. The staff there are lovely, and the view is great out over the harbour. They also do a fairly good coffee, which is quite hard to find on the island. Sit and enjoy with the kids in a safe space and hit the shops after.
BEAU VALLON NIGHT MARKET
Beau Vallon Night Market is a great place to pick up some budget creole food. On a Wednesday there is an abundance of places to choose from. You can choose to eat at one of the static stalls where you can sit down, or pick up some treats from the other stalls and picnic on the beach. You can also pick up a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, such as Coconuts, Papaya and prepared vegetables like Cassava chips. In comparison to Asian food markets it's pretty poor and there is a huge litter problem there, especially if you walk along the road on Thursday morning. This is one of our Top 10 Cheap Eats on Mahe.
A TASTE OF ITALY
A Taste of Italy is located in the heart of downtown Victoria, right on market street and is probably the cheapest sit-down place in town. It's a traditional Italian restaurant, run by an Italian who produces truly authentic Italian dishes to eat in or take-away. A take-away pasta will set you back 60 Rupees and in actuality is enough to feed two people. This is one of our Top 10 Cheap Eats in Mahe.
Nayopi is the only vegetarian restaurant on the island and dishes out a delicious buffet daily for a fairly reasonable cost. (Approx. 250 Rupees). They also do takeout and kids eat for free, so if one of us is out with the kids we get all 3 meals for 250 Rupees, which is a great deal. They often do extras like drinks and deserts inclusive of the price. The only downside is that you have to go into Providence (and get out). The traffic there is pretty terrible and you need a car to go.
Kafe Kreole has a great position by the sea and has a fairly decent menu. We ate here on our first night in the Seychelles when we had no food in the house. However, it's a little pricey (Basic Seychelles restaurant prices) to be honest, and the food was average. It's a nice spot to go for a dunk in the sea pre/post meal.
Callinoz is basically a food truck, parked on the outskirts of Victoria (walking distance from the centre) and dishes up a range of delicious and cheap food. It's one of our Top 10 Cheap Eats on Mahe. Our favourite dish is the chickpea wrap for 50 Rupees. You can sit on the benches provided or take away. They also do deliveries. If we're ever in the city (which is fairly rare), it's nice to know that there's somewhere we can hit up for cheap and get out of the centre. It's a great spot for kids too as they can move about on the grass.
Ma Boulangerie is a lovely little bakery that provides a range of delicious baked goods in Beau Vallon. (They also have a spot in Victoria). Unfortunately, the Beau Vallon branch is currently undergoing a Berlin Wall style conflict, where a local competitor has walled them in behind some corrugated iron. However, this actually adds to the cosy aspect of the spot and blocks out what would be a view of the main road, so in our opinion has done them a favour, ad you can enjoy a cake without have the constant vie of cars zipping by.
Sunset Beach Hotel, has, as you'd expect great sunsets. The bar is perched out on the sea and you can sit and enjoy a drink watching the waves. Prices are reasonable here, more so than other places. Food prices are also fairly good before 5pm, but rise for dinner. You can also use the pool if using the restaurant. The Hotel has a spectacular thatched roof and an interesting interior. It is, however, a little weathered and could do with some TLC, but would inevitably cause a price-hike so you're fine just the way you are Sunset Beach.
Northwest of the island
The Hilton is a great spot to grab a drink. Thy have a beautiful seating area overlooking the sea and make a great cocktail. Residents get 20% of food and drink here. They also have a lovely old pool table and a selection of board games to while away the day. Ian Fleming apparently used to stay here, hence the James Bond theme in the bar area. They also have some great live bands gently performing on certain nights, but est to check ahead. We've eaten here twice and to be honest, the food wasn't up to much, especially for the price you pay. We haven't eaten in the two other restaurants yet though, so maybe things are better there. Also note that it is a kid-free hotel, so we only get to go when our family visit.