Seychelles architecture is distinctive in style and practical in design. It clearly illustrates the influences of its colonial past and combines this with practical considerations such as steep roofs to rapidly disperse the rain and wide verandas to make the most of a climate that encourages outdoor living.
Echoing the assortment of people who populate Seychelles, Creole cuisine features the subtleties and nuances of French cooking, the exoticism of Indian dishes and the piquant flavours of the Orient. Grilled fish or octopus basted with a sauce of crushed chillies, ginger and garlic are national favourites as are a variety of delicious curries lovingly prepared with coconut. Seafood dishes feature predominantly in the local cuisine.
For such a small country, Seychelles has a vibrant art scene. Painters have traditionally taken inspiration from the natural beauty to produce a wide range of works. Local sculptors produce fine works in wood, stone and bronze. Local writers and poets have used the magnificent backdrop of the Seychelles as the inspiration for historical accounts, fascinating works documenting the social history of the islands and its people and collections of short stories.