Le Babaorum, The Place to Eat in Fort de France

The moment you walk into the colorful Le Babaorum on the outskirts of Fort de France, you see a who’s who of Martinique, from bankers and businessmen to members of the French navy to lovers of all things rhum.

Everyone is here.

And it’s no surprise — this is the quirky, wonderful place that brings in everyone drawn to quality food and quality drink.

Le Babaorum

You order from a chalk menu at the table here, choosing magret de canard or entrecote as you sip on a ti’ punch.

The food is classic Martinique, meaning a mix of traditional French dishes with a Caribbean spin, from accras to tuna tartare. (And yes, the selection of rhums agricoles is first-rate, too).

Le Babaorum

At night, things change, and great lunches turn into even better dinners, with the energy and music turned up.

Le Babaorum

A plate of magret de canard.

And if the personality feels familiar here, it’s because it’s the sister restaurant to the now world-famous Le Petibonum beach bar a bit further north in the town of Le Carbet, helmed by talented Chef Guy Ferdinand, Martinique’s de facto tourism ambassador.

In any case, it’s a must-visit eatery in Martinique.

— Alexander Britell

 

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