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Traditional Port-au-Prince Food

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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Port-au-Prince is complete without tasting the traditional Port-au-Prince food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Port-au-Prince to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Akra: black-eyed pea fritters.
  • Banane Pésée: Bannan Pézé, can either be eaten as a snack or part of a meal.
  • Bechamel: a delectable, versatile sauce that can jazz up veggies, pasta or fish.
  • Griot: Haitian griots: fried, glazed pork.
  • Pikliz: Haitian spicy pickled vegetables.
  • Sauce Pois Noir: black bean sauce.
  • Ti Malice: spicy Haitian sauce.


  • Bouillon Soup: made with cut-up meat, potatoes, sliced plantains, yam, kelp, cabbage, and celery.
  • Callaloo Soup: is basically a thick soup of pureed 'callaloo bush', okra and various seasonings and additions, sometimes crab.
  • Soup Joumou: it is a thick and hardy soup made from pumpkins.


Main courses


  • Blancmange: is a sweet dessert commonly made with milk or cream and sugar thickened with gelatin, cornstarch or Irish moss.
  • Brittle: consists of flat broken pieces of hard sugar candy embedded with nuts such as pecans, almonds, or peanuts.
  • Gâteau au beurre: traditional butter recipe cake.
  • Mock Apple Pie: the classic pie, featuring Ritz crackers baked in a golden crust, is perfect for the holidays.
  • Pain Patate: sweet potato pudding.

Fast food

Street food

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Clairin: is a strong spirit, similar to rum, made from cane sugar.
  • Cremas: also spelled Cremasse (Kremas in Haitian Creole), is a sweet and creamy alcoholic beverage native to Haiti.
  • Prestige beer: it is the best-selling beer in Haiti with a 98% market share and so far it's only native beer.
  • Rhum Barbancourt: is a well-known rum produced and bottled by Société du Rhum Barbancourt, T. Gardère & Cie. in Haiti.

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