French Guiana

French Guiana is an overseas department of France located on the northeastern coast of South America, sharing borders with Brazil and Suriname. It is known for its rich biodiversity, with dense rainforests that are home to a wide variety of wildlife, and for hosting the Guiana Space Centre, a major European spaceport.

The region's culture is a vibrant blend of Indigenous, African, Asian, and European influences, reflecting its diverse population and colonial history.

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring Cayenne

morning:Start your day with a visit to the Fort Cépérou to enjoy panoramic views of Cayenne. Don't miss the chance to taste authentic French pastries at the local bakery.

afternoon:Explore the historic Place des Palmistes, then head to the Musée Départemental Franconie to delve into the region's cultural heritage. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at Le Bananier, known for its Creole delicacies.

evening:Experience the vibrant atmosphere at Place des Amandiers for a delightful night-out and live music. 🎶

day 2

Nature and Wildlife

morning:Embark on a boat trip along the Maroni River and immerse yourself in the breathtaking Amazonian rainforest. Indulge in a delightful brunch at La Petite Amazonie, offering mesmerizing river views.

afternoon:Discover the diverse flora and fauna at the Jardin Botanique de Cayenne. Then savor traditional Guyanese cuisine at Le Bloddy Mary, known for its friendly atmosphere.

evening:Unwind and socialize at Le Toucan, a popular bar with a lively ambiance. 🍸

day 3

Coastal Delights

morning:Relax at the tranquil Plage de Montjoly and soak up the sun on the pristine sandy beach. Treat yourself to a delectable breakfast at Café L'épi D'or, known for its delightful French pastries.

afternoon:Embark on a guided tour of the Îles du Salut to discover the historic ruins and fascinating wildlife. Grab a quick bite at Le Koudetat, offering tasty local street food.

evening:Head to Le LukY's Bar for a cozy evening and enjoy live performances with a relaxed atmosphere. 🎤

day 4

Cultural Immersion

morning:Explore the vibrant Sunday market at Place des Palmistes and sample a variety of local produce and crafts. Enjoy a delightful brunch at La Kaz Creole, known for its exquisite Creole dishes.

afternoon:Visit the Musée Alexandre-Franconie to delve into the rich history and culture of French Guiana. Indulge in an authentic Guyanese dining experience at La Braise, known for its flavorful grilled dishes.

evening:Experience the lively atmosphere at Le Bar des Palmistes for a night-out with refreshing cocktails and live entertainment. 🍹

French Guiana Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Colombo de Poulet

A flavorful chicken stew infused with aromatic spices and often served with rice or bread. Best enjoyed at local Creole restaurants such as Le Yaca in Cayenne.


Poulet Boucané

Smoked chicken marinated in a blend of spices and grilled to perfection. Look for this dish at roadside eateries or during local food festivals.

Accras de Morue

Savoury cod fritters seasoned with herbs and spices, a popular appetizer or snack found at various street food stalls in markets and town centers.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Cayenne Market

A vibrant and bustling market where you can sample an array of local street food including accras, bokits (spiced meat or fish stuffed in a fried dough), and fresh tropical fruits.

Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni Market

This market is known for its diverse culinary offerings, from freshly prepared Creole dishes to exotic fruits and refreshing sugarcane juice.

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

While meat-heavy dishes are prevalent, many restaurants and cafes offer vegetarian and vegan choices, especially in urban areas like Cayenne and Kourou. Look for eateries that specialize in local produce and plant-based fare.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Options

Gluten-free options may be more limited, but some restaurants are accommodating to gluten-free diets. It's recommended to communicate dietary needs clearly and seek out establishments with a flexible approach to customization.


Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in French Guiana

La Luciole

A charming waterfront restaurant in Kourou that offers a mix of French and Creole cuisine, complete with a picturesque view of the ocean and delicious seafood dishes.

Le Maroni Gourmand

A popular spot in Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni serving up traditional Maroon and Creole dishes, providing a true taste of the region's unique gastronomy.

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