There are several great places to go out in Pétion-ville, but it’s very hard to get up-to-date information about them, so here is a list of my favorites to start:
Presse Café fills with a lively crowd on Friday nights, attracted by the live Kompa band. They have a buffet lunch serving traditional Creole food. Open Mon-Sat 7am-12am. Closed on Sundays. Located at 28 Rue Rigaud.
Quartier Latin is a viby brasserie filled with graffiti, old books, and wine bottles. They also have live music sometimes in their interior courtyard. On Thursdays people come to dance for Cuban night. Every second Tuesday of the month there is an Indonesian buffet. They also have wine tastings and other international themed evenings regularly. They open at 10:30 on Sundays and apparently have excellent eggs benedict. Open 7 days/week 11am-12am. Located at 10 Rue Goulard, just next to Place Boyer. Reservations at +509 3460 3326 or +509 3445 3325.
Magdoos is a lovely Lebanese restaurant with a covered courtyard and flowering vines. The babaghanoush and taboule (made with plenty of fresh mint) are a delicious break from Creole or French food. I’ve had better falafels, but you can’t be too picky in Haiti. They also serve a lovely mint tea in traditional middle-eastern teapots. Open Mon 6pm-10pm, Tues-Sat 12pm-10pm (but I’ve routinely stayed till 11pm). Closed on Sundays. Located at 30 Rue Ogé. Reservations at +509 3821 2121 or +509 3733 2525.
Fior di Latte is a nice Italian cafe with decent pasta and pizza at a reasonable price. They also have a gelato bar that is the after school hangout of many well-to-do Haitian tweens. I highly recommend getting some chocolate ice cream with a little shot of Haitian rum poured on top. Open Tues-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 1pm-10pm. Closed on Mondays. Located at Choucoune Plaza on the corner of Rue Lamarre and Rue Chavannes. Contact them at +509 2813 0445.
La Réserve is in a lush garden setting, surrounded by trees, inside a compound. You can sit down for a nice meal at a table in the garden or go up the stairs to the bar area and vie for a turn at the pool table. Located at 2 Rue Marcel Toureau, Berthé. Open 7 days/week 9am-10pm. Contact them at +509 2510 5026 or +509 2940 0190.
Hotel Montana is up on the hillside, with a sweeping view of the entire bay of Port-au-Prince. The food is ok, but it’s a mere $4 to spend the day by their pool, which becomes filled with young NGO types splashing around on hot Sunday afternoons. Friday nights are salsa night (DJ, not live band), and the guests, mostly Haitian regulars, really know how to dance. Some couples put on tango performances for the group. Restaurant serves a prix-fixe dinner menu Mon-Sat and a buffet on Sundays, open 6:30pm-11:30pm. Located at the end of Rue Frank Cardozo, Bourdon. Contact reception at +509 2940 0584.