Things to do
Soak up spectacular views over the bay from the heights of Boutillier
L’Observatoire at Boutillier
Photo: Anton Lau
The heights of Boutillier are home to roadside booths where artists sell their art as souvenirs, similar to the street-side craft markets in Place St. Pierre, Champs de Mars or Grand Rue, but the place that most travellers go to enjoy the view is restaurant L’Observatoire.
Run by two sisters, L’Observatoire offers decent Haitian fare with some standouts: the best things on the menu are the freshly-pressed juices, traditional coffee, lobster burgers, and Pain Patate - a traditional Haitian dessert made from sweet potatoes and flavoured with rum-drenched raisins. Speaking of rum, the bar does excellent cocktails, and you probably won’t need more than one! L’Observatoire is also one of the few places in Port-au-Prince you can comfortably order vegetarian meals right off the menu.
Expect to pay New York prices here - you’re paying for the view and it’s the best in the city. Remember, though, that you’re on island time - you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the view while you wait for you food, so grab a table - and a cocktail - and settle in to wait.
View from Boutillier
Photo: Franck Fontain
The night-time view up here is even better than the sunset: the dark mountains plunge down onto the bay, and city lights cascade down their sides, pulling you towards the heart of the city. Just remember to bring a sweater or a blanket! It’s super romantic to have to lend or borrow a jacket to/from your date but keep the cool mountain air in mind so you don’t have to call off your night just as the view really gets magical.
Nighttime view from Boutilliers, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Photo: Ricardo Lartigue
When to go
A spectacular choice for new years’ celebrations. The young and old, tourists, expats and locals, all come here to celebrate new beginnings at the top of the world. An incredible place to count down to midnight, surrounded by friends when the city lights up in fireworks.
When you have a date
Nothing says romantic evening like the view Boutilier.
If you are driving up from Pétion-Ville, go up Kenscoff road until you reach the fork of Laboule 12. From there, the drive to Boutilier is one of the most scenic urban stretches Haiti has to offer. Trees flank the road, and most of the homes are gated estates, with a few neighborhood boutiques here and there.
After a while, the road is unpaved and the homes give way to green rolling hills, from which you have a spectacular vantage point on the hills of Laboule and Pelerin. It turns back to asphalt after a few minutes, and again, winds between homes, small boutiques, and stretches of lush mixes of forest and farmland.
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Travellers exploring the Kaskad Pichon waterfalls, Haiti
Photo: Frank Fontain
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