Sourced from Wikivoyage. Text is available under the CC-by-SA 3.0 license.Pétion-Ville is a wealthy suburb to the southeast of Port-au-Prince, in Central Haiti. It is known for its nightlife and restaurants, many of which have large expat crowds.
Pétion-Ville is in the hills east and separate of the city itself on the northern hills of the Massif de la Selle. It was named after Alexandre Sabès Pétion (1770–1818), the Haitian general and president later recognized as one of the country's four founding fathers. The district is primarily a residential and tourist area. Pétion-Ville is part of the city's metropolitan area, one of the most affluent areas of the city, where the majority of tourist activity takes place, and one of the wealthiest parts of the country. Many diplomats, foreign businessmen, and a large number of wealthy citizens do business and reside within Pétion-Ville.
Despite the distance from the capital and the general affluence of the district, the lack of administrative enforcement has led to the formation of shantytowns on the outer edges of the district, as poor locals migrate upward and have settled there in search of job opportunities.
Pétion-Ville has more security than the center of Port-au-Prince, and in general, than the other major cities of Haiti. The community is very stable, with nightlife and business conducted with an appearance of western normality, in striking contrast to many other parts of greater Port-au-Prince.
The hillside suburban town is filled with nightclubs, beauty salons, fitness gyms and French restaurants. Businesses which cater to tourists are commonplace, and parties and get-togethers often take place at night.
Port au Prince airport (PAP) is served by several major airlines - primarily American Airlines and Delta - as well as smaller flights from the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and other spots in the Caribbean. Taxis from the airport to your destination in Port au Prince will be about US$20 for standard fare. Try to bargain down to US$15. Tap taps going to all places past the airport and will cost about G10 (gourdes) (25 cents). Transit network map shows main routes: http://TapTapMap.org
By carTraffic is bad in and out of Petion-Ville but many roads are quite scenic, looking back towards Port-au-Prince.
By busFrom Santo Domingo, Caribe Tours runs a once-daily bus to Pétion-Ville (in the hills above Port-au-Prince) that leaves at 11AM. A ticket costs US$40 one-way + $26 tax and + 100 Dominican pesos. Terra-bus may also still be serving the Santa Domingo-PAP route.
Crowded tap-taps (passenger pickup trucks) and buses can take you to Pétion-Ville for a few dollars, but can be dangerous.
Tap-taps run along prescribed routes throughout the city. Most routes cost G10, though to get across the city you may need to use multiple routes, each of which charges separately. These can be rather intimidating if you aren't familiar with them.
Taxis are typically about G500 and should only be used during daylight. After dark, prices rise substantially and you are at substantially greater risk of being mugged.
Street paradesOn Sunday nights before Carnival, there are frequently street parades with live or recorded music and dancing. For non-Haitians, it may be safer to watch from a distance, but it's still exhilarating to see and hear. These can go very late (1-2 am into Monday).
MarketsThere are a number of supermarkets in the town.
Giant SupermarketA supermarket where you can get virtually any grocery item you'd want from the US or Europe, plus Haitian items and alcohol. Probably the best supermarket in Pétion-Ville, if not Port-au-Prince.
ArtThere are many art galleries around town, from traditional Haitian crafts (painting, beads, metalwork) to fine art.
BankingThere are a number of banks in Pétion-Ville. Banks here close very early, even on the weekdays.
There are a number of good restaurants in Pétion-Ville.
Mr. Grillphone: +509 36 20 4826address: 27b Rue RigaudA steakhouse and guest house with a nice ambience. The chicken kebab is tasty, as is the fried goat and skirt steak. On Saturdays a live twoubadou band plays. Entrees US$13-25.
Presse Cafephone: +509 28 16 9292address: 28 Rue RigaudHaitian bands play on Friday nights and sometimes other nights. Very popular with expats and locals alike. Sandwiches and Haitian dishes,
Quartier Latinphone: +509 25 12 3325A Latin-American restaurant with good food, tasty rum sours, and dancing to live music, mostly salsa, merengue and other Latin music. It's housed in an old mansion.
The Viewphone: +509 36 32 7706A variety of good food, from Haitian dishes to sushi. The View is located on top of a 7-story building which dwarfs the rest of town. The view alone is worth going for, spectacular if a little off-putting, as shantytowns climbing the hills are almost at eye-level. You can see the ocean too. Good rum sours as well, though food service can be slow. Dishes range from US$13-$25.
- Crémas, an alcoholic beverage made of coconut and vanilla.
- Rhum Barbancourt
- Biere Prestige
- Only drink Bottled Water!
- Mr. Grill (the steakhouse above) has a few small rooms.
La Perroquetaddress: 29 Rue LamarreProvides simple, comfortable, clean rooms at good prices, and is located centrally. Bar and restaurant are quite good, if a bit pricey. The owners speak English fluently/natively and are quite helpful. Unfortunately, burnt down in 2016. Has not been rebuilt.
phone: +509 28 16 2524address: 13 Rue Leon Nau Nerette
phone: +509 2812-7000 (Haiti), +1 305-432-9696 (USA)address: Juvenat 7A very nice, very upscale hotel (practically a resort) with a gym, tennis courts (with a club pro), pool, bars and restaurants, meeting places, etc., all the trappings of a fancy hotel. Rooms are very nice and prices vary, but roughly around US$150 a night. Miley Cyrus stayed there, for example.
phone: +509 28 16 8300address: 36 Rue Clerveaux
The town is safer than Port-au-Prince, but still one should be careful.
- Many embassies are located in Petion-Ville.
- Port-au-Prince the capital city.