Creative Living: 6 pics from my roadtrip that will inspire you to visit Haiti's north

How to get there: I visited Haiti's north 5 times in the last two months in order to curate my "Golden Dreams' exhibition at the Alliance Francaise du Cap. The travel included two road trips to and from Port-au-Prince on some pretty rough terrain. The journey by road takes between 5-6 hours depending on the weather. I also took flights on Sunrise Airways, and you can fly directly from Paris if you Europeans so desire. No matter how you arrive, the walkable streets of Cap Haitien and the roads to get there merit discovery by local and international visitors alike. Trust me, it's an adventure you won't regret. 

How to get there: I visited Haiti's north 5 times in the last two months in order to curate my "Golden Dreams' exhibition at the Alliance Francaise du Cap. The travel included two road trips to and from Port-au-Prince on some pretty rough terrain. The journey by road takes between 5-6 hours depending on the weather. I also took flights on Sunrise Airways, and you can fly directly from Paris if you Europeans so desire.

No matter how you arrive, the walkable streets of Cap Haitien and the roads to get there merit discovery by local and international visitors alike. Trust me, it's an adventure you won't regret. 

Local Treats: northern grown produce includes fresh bananas and organic pineapples from the fields of Plaisance. The area surrounding Cap Haitien is also known for manioc-flatbread called Cassave. It comes in sweet and salty,  both are a must-try. 

Local Treats: northern grown produce includes fresh bananas and organic pineapples from the fields of Plaisance. The area surrounding Cap Haitien is also known for manioc-flatbread called Cassave. It comes in sweet and salty,  both are a must-try. 

Roadside attraction: A riverside bar-resto in Camp du Coq, Haiti (North-East) en route to Cap Haitien is the definition of textured exhuberance. That moss roof though!

Roadside attraction: A riverside bar-resto in Camp du Coq, Haiti (North-East) en route to Cap Haitien is the definition of textured exhuberance. That moss roof though!

What to see: Without even mentioning the Citadelle or Palais San Souci, the rich architectural history and  subtle layers of  texture will draw you in.  

What to see: Without even mentioning the Citadelle or Palais San Souci, the rich architectural history and  subtle layers of  texture will draw you in.

 

What to drink: Pink rum sours at Auberge Le Picolet are a must, upon arrival in the capital of Cap Haitien

What to drink: Pink rum sours at Auberge Le Picolet are a must, upon arrival in the capital of Cap Haitien

Welcome to the Paris of the Antille. Whether you call it Cap-Haïtien, Okap or  Kap Ayisyen, the capital of Haiti's north is a worthy destination for any creative explorer. It became the capital of the Kingdom of Northern Haiti under King Henri Christophe until 1820, and its coastal pirates originated the word 'bucaneer' thanks to their habit of barbequeing and selling local boar meat across the Caribbean. Fun fact, non?

Where to eat: The oean view from downtown Cap Haitien on the boulevard makes mealtime memorable at any hour. The traffic and insecurity of the capital is nowhere to be found here. You can sit and eat in the open air without a worry. Lakay and Boukanier are my two favourite spots on the boulevard to check out.

Where to eat: The oean view from downtown Cap Haitien on the boulevard makes mealtime memorable at any hour. The traffic and insecurity of the capital is nowhere to be found here. You can sit and eat in the open air without a worry. Lakay and Boukanier are my two favourite spots on the boulevard to check out.