Culinary adventure in Madagascar

Madagascar is a land of contrasts, where lush rainforests meet arid deserts, exotic wildlife coexists with ancient cultures, and the cuisine is as diverse as the landscape. Whether you want to explore the rich flavors of Malagasy food, learn the secrets of local cooking, or enjoy stunning scenery and adventure activities, Madagascar has something for every gourmet traveler.

Join Madagascar Tours Guide, a company that specializes in tailor-made tours combining gastronomy and culture. This culinary adventure in Madagascar will highlight some of the best dishes, products, and experiences on this island nation. Discover how to make traditional dishes like ravitoto, sample local products like vanilla and chocolate, and join cooking classes with expert chefs. Ready to embark on a mouthwatering adventure? Let’s go!


  1. Malagasy cuisine: a fusion of flavours
    • Traditional dishes
    • Local products
  2. Madagascar Tours Guide: Your culinary adventure in Madagascar
    • Market visits
    • Meeting local people
    • Cooking classes
  3. Book your culinary adventure in Madagascar

Malagasy cuisine: a fusion of flavours

Malagasy cuisine is a reflection of the diverse cultural influences that have shaped the island nation of Madagascar. From the Asian rice and noodles to the African cassava and peanuts, from the French baguettes and pastries to the Indian curries and spices, Malagasy cuisine offers a fusion of flavours that will delight your palate. Whether you prefer meat, seafood, or vegetarian dishes, you will find something to suit your taste in the traditional dishes and local products of Madagascar.

Local products

Madagascar is blessed with a variety of natural resources that contribute to its culinary diversity. Some of the local products that are essential for Malagasy cuisine are:

  • Rice: the staple food of Madagascar, rice is eaten at every meal and prepared in different ways. It can be boiled, fried, mixed with meat or vegetables, or made into cakes or porridge.
  • Fruit: Madagascar produces a wide range of tropical fruits, such as mangoes, bananas, pineapples, papayas, lychees, guavas, passion fruits and more. They are eaten fresh, dried, cooked or made into juices or jams.
  • Spices: Madagascar is famous for its vanilla, which is used to flavour desserts, drinks and sauces. Other spices that are commonly used in Malagasy cuisine are cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric and pepper.
  • Vegetables: Madagascar grows a variety of vegetables, such as carrots, potatoes, cabbage, beans, peas, corn, squash and more. They are often used in soups, salads, stews or curries.
  • Seafood: Madagascar has a long coastline and abundant marine life, which provides a source of fresh seafood for its people. Some of the seafood that is popular in Malagasy cuisine are shrimp, crab, lobster, octopus, squid, tuna, swordfish and more. They are grilled, fried, stewed or cooked in coconut milk.

Traditional dishes

Madagascar is a country rich in culture and gastronomy. One of the best ways to discover its diversity and flavors is to taste its traditional dishes, which are prepared with local ingredients and spices. Here are some of the most popular and delicious ones:

  • Le romazava: This is a stew made with meat (usually beef or zebu), green leafy vegetables (such as anamamy, Ravimbomanga, or anantsonga), and ginger, garlic, onion, and tomato. It is served with rice and sometimes with a hot pepper sauce called sakay.
  • Le ravitoto: This is a dish made with grated cassava leaves cooked with coconut milk and meat (usually pork or beef). It is also served with rice and can be accompanied by fried bananas or sweet potatoes.
  • Le vary amin’anana: This is a simple but tasty dish made with rice cooked with water and chopped greens (such as mustard greens, spinach, or watercress). It can be eaten plain or with meat, fish, or eggs.
  • Le sesika: This is a delicacy made with dried beef that is smoked and salted. It is usually cut into thin slices and fried until crispy. It can be eaten as a snack or as a side dish with rice and vegetables.
  • Pakopako: This is a street food that is popular in Mahajunga, a region in the west of Madagascar. It is a fried doughnut made with rice flour and coconut milk, sprinkled with sugar. You can find pakopako vendors in markets and streets.
  • Maskita: This is a grilled skewer of meat or fish, marinated with spices and lemon juice. You can find maskita stalls in many towns and villages, where you can choose your favourite meat or fish and watch it being cooked over charcoal.
  • Arranged rum: This is a flavoured rum that is infused with fruits, spices or herbs. You can find arranged rum in bars and restaurants, where you can sample different flavours, such as vanilla, ginger, pineapple or cinnamon.

Madagascar Tours Guide: Your culinary adventure

At Madagascar Tours Guide, we are passionate about Malagasy cuisine and one of the best ways to discover the Malagasy cuisine is to taste it yourself.

Market visits

Madagascar’s colorful and lively markets are a great way to explore its culinary diversity. There, you can find a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, meats, seafood, and other local products that reflect the rich culture and history of the island. Here are some of the most popular markets to explore during your culinary adventure in Madagascar:

Market nameBenefitsLocation
Analakely marketThe largest and most famous market in Antananarivo, where you can find everything from clothes and souvenirs to exotic fruits and spices.In the center of Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar.
Talata Volonondry marketEvery Tuesday, the lively Talata volonondry market opens its doors. The merchants, who are passionate about local gastronomy, offer very special sausages: crispy to perfection, they are filled with potatoes and pork or zebu fat. This market is also the ideal place to discover koba, offering a real immersion in local located 28 km from the capital
Zoma marketA historical market that dates back to the 18th century, when it was a place of exchange and commerce for the Merina kingdom. It is held every Friday and attracts thousands of vendors and buyers.In the upper town of Antananarivo, near the royal palace. 
Ambohitseheno marketA market where you can watch the Hira Gasy, a performing art from the Central Highlands, was recently included on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This market also brings together sausage traders from the Tatata volonondry.near the rural commune of fiaferana
Ambalavao marketA vibrant market that showcases the diversity of the southern region of Madagascar. You can find zebu meat, dried fish, cactus fruit, and even silk products made by local artisans.In the Haute Matsiatra region, in the south-central part of Madagascar.
Ifaty marketA coastal market that offers a taste of the sea. You can find fresh seafood such as lobster, shrimp, octopus, and fish, as well as seaweed and salt.In the Atsimo-Andrefana region, in the southwest of Madagascar.
Antsirabe marketA modern and clean market that caters to the urban population of Antsirabe, the third-largest city in Madagascar. You can find a variety of products, from dairy and bakery items to flowers and jewelry.In the Vakinankaratra region, in the central highlands of Madagascar.
Antalaha marketA tropical market that features some of the rarest and most exotic fruits in Madagascar, such as lychees, mangosteens, rambutans, and durians. You can also find vanilla pods and coffee beans.In the Sava region, in the northeast of Madagascar.

Visiting these markets will not only satisfy your appetite but also enrich your cultural knowledge and appreciation of Madagascar.

Cooking classes

One of the highlights of a culinary adventure in Madagascar is learning how to prepare some of the delicious dishes that reflect the island’s diverse culinary heritage. With Madagascar Tours Guide, you can join a cooking class and discover the secrets of Malagasy cuisine, such as how to make fishing sauced coconuts, a mouthwatering dish of fresh fish cooked in coconut milk and spices, or le Henakisoa ritra ou Hen’omby ritra, a succulent stew of pork or beef with tomatoes and ginger.

A cooking class is not only a fun and educational activity, but also a great opportunity to interact with the local people and learn more about their culture and traditions. You will be welcomed into their homes and kitchens, where you will experience their hospitality and warmth. You will also get to taste some of the ingredients that they use in their daily cooking, such as vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, and other exotic spices that make Malagasy cuisine so unique and flavorful.

If you are looking for a memorable and enriching experience that combines gastronomy and adventure, you should not miss the chance to take a cooking class with Madagascar Tours Guide. You will not only learn new skills and recipes, but also gain a deeper appreciation of the rich and diverse culture of Madagascar. Book your culinary adventure in Madagascar today and get ready to savor the best of Malagasy cuisine!

Meeting local people

One of the best ways to experience the culture and diversity of Madagascar is to meet the local people and share their daily lives. Here are some examples of how you can do that on your culinary adventure in Madagascar.

Share a meal with a Malagasy family and learn about their customs and culinary traditions, such as respect for the zebu, Madagascar’s sacred animal, or discovering the benefits of soursop, a fruit endemic to Madagascar. You will taste authentic dishes made with fresh and local ingredients.

Witness the production of goat cheese in the highlands or observe the extraction of wild honey in the rainforest. Experience the ingenuity of the Malagasy people as they utilize their natural resources and expertise to craft delectable and nutritious offerings, including cheese, honey, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and spices. Delight in the chance to taste these products and acquire them for personal enjoyment or as thoughtful gifts.

Marvel at the artistry displayed in crafting items from rosewood, raffia, or sisal, and choose to purchase unique and ethically produced memento. You will visit workshops and markets where you can see how the Malagasy people create beautiful and unique handicrafts, such as baskets, hats, bags, jewelry, or sculptures. You will also support the local economy and help preserve the traditional crafts of Madagascar.

Book your culinary adventure in Madagascar

By choosing the culinary adventure in Madagascar, you’ll have the chance to discover the country’s culinary specialities, as well as taking part in cookery classes, visiting local markets and meeting locals who are passionate about their cuisine. You’ll be able to learn the secrets of preparing romazava and seasick, and taste fresh, authentic produce.

Book your gourmet adventure in Madagascar with Madagascar Tours Guide now! On our Madagascar Tours Guide homepage, you will find all the information you need to choose the tour that suits you best. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience in a magnificent country.