The Best Bar in Fort-de-France, Martinique

Best Bar in Fort-de-France

There are few places in the Caribbean with the kind of visceral, mysterious and fascinating energy of Martinique’s capital, Fort-de-France.

It’s a vibrant place that combines French cool with Caribbean history and culture, and it’s a stunning city to look at, seemingly ripped out of a movie set.

But if you want to visit a place that truly encapsulates the many personalities of this city, there is one destination: Le Vieux Foyal, the city’s best bar (with a great restaurant, too).

Led by gregarious proprietor JP, this is a Fort-de-France landmark set in a historic building that’s one of the top spots for in-the-know locals and travelers alike.


Known for its famous Thursday night live music sessions featuring a local biguine band, it’s got a wide outdoor terrace on the street and a lovely little garden patio if you’re looking to enjoy a signature creole meal.

It all adds up to what is the Best Bar in Fort-de-France.

The formula is simple: go to the bar, order a rhum vieux (aged rum) and take in the sights, sounds and flavors of one of the Caribbean’s most fascinating cities.

And tell them Caribbean Journal sent you.