By Alexander Britell
There’s light music, the clack of china cups and the sound of the water.
This is a classic sidewalk cafe, umbrellas and tables and all, a tiny slice of France on the seafront in Roseau, Dominica.
This is Le Petit Paris, the best little cafe in Dominica, a friendly, welcoming place to meet and sip and nibble on some of the island’s best pastries.
It stands out on the seafront promenade here, a wonderful, venerable old Creole stone building, white with blue shutters, and it gathers everyone: the local artist; the visiting writer; the travelers in search of Dominica’s greenery.
There is great espresso, a selection of both classic French baked goods and some, like croissants stuffed with chicken, that have a uniquely Dominican twist.
On the main stretch in Roseau’s harbor, it’s a true oasis.