Feasts for every foodie

Sample New Caledonia cuisine

Treat yourself to the flavours of the world while you’re in New Caledonia. With Melanesian origins, a rich French history, and a host of great neighbours, the country’s foodie feasts are eclectic to say the least!

Food is a big part of the New Caledonia culture. Festivals run all year round and it’s safe to say that there’s a feast somewhere to suit everyone! Enjoy French fine dining, graze your days away in a restaurants or cafés, or explore the street stalls and marketplaces for something fresh to sink your teeth into! French wine and coffee are prominent here too, so whether your diet is predominantly solid or liquid, you can get your fill!

Where to eat

New Caledonia is a melting pot of cultures and there’s no better place to sample the flavours that contribute to it than in the capital. Noumea has so many options for foodies, it’d be easy to eat your whole holiday away!

The chefs here are as diverse at the country’s culture. French purists prepare traditional fare in cafés like P’tit Café and Chez Toto, while fusion specialists elsewhere reinterpret refined techniques. Try pastries, snails, foie gras, and more, or opt for the flavours of the South Pacific, Indonesia, Vietnam, and beyond! Most resorts have a range of dining venues to try out (Le Meridien Noumea has over 5!), plus guests can follow foodie feasts around the country throughout the year.

Festivals

Food festivals run from March to December, from the east and the west coasts of the South Province and throughout most of the Loyalty Islands. They hero yams, omelettes, avocados, cheese, coffee, vanilla, beef, and marine produce, plus there’s Ouvea’s Lagoon Festival in June, Bourail’s agricultural and craft fair in August, and a Gastronomy Festival in September to showcase it all!

Ready your taste-buds and prepare for a feast when you next visit New Caledonia. Ask our My New Caledonia Holiday Experts about the best time to travel!