Local markets and shopping streets in Mauritius

June 11, 2011

I am looking for local markets and shopping streets in Mauritius. Places where the locals go. No malls or fashion labels please.

June 12, 2011

Hey there!

Nice to hear from you. Miles and miles of silky, silvery white sands, sparkling, turquoise blue waters reflecting bright, sunny skies with green coconut palms gently swaying in the background - Mauritius is truly a slice of paradise! As Lonely Planet puts it

Its very name of conjures up images of tropical luxury and stupendous extravagance. The island is loaded with historic sights, cultural diversity, geographic variation and almost limitless activities to distract you from the daily grind of beach and pool. But perhaps its single biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people.

Mauritius (Source: Lonely Planet) 

Mauritius (Source: Jane Belinda Smith) 


Local markets are a great way to soak up the smells, sounds and sights of any place. It helps you get a sense and feel of your destination. Whether you want to sharpen your bargaining skills or simply people-watch, local markets are ideal. Here is a list of some of the lively shopping areas in Mauritius.

1. Central Market (Recommended)

Location: City Center, Port Louis

 Hours: Mon-Sat: 05:30 am - 5:30 pm , Sun: 05:30 am - 11:30 pm

Market in Port Louis (Source: Richard Rebmann) 

Ranked by Lonely Planet as the best place to shop in Mauritius, Central Market is a bustling outdoor market  and stands as a grand testimony to the vibrant culture of Mauritius. There are separate fruits, vegetables and seafood sections apart from souvenirs, trinkets and herbal products. A traveler shares her experience

Port Louis market was a crazy place, filled with multicultural shops filled with colours. food of all kinds and tastes, hundreds of small shops selling traditional food and souvenirs. Like many street markets all shop attendants tried to get your attention which once again can be overwhelming. but here I could really experience the wide mix and variety of Mauritius culture from the basics. This open air market can get a bit too much specially during busy hours. My favorite area was the spices & herbs shops with homemade oils and traditional remedies.

Central Market, Port Louis (Source:Cosmotourist)

2. Grand Baie/Bay Bazaar (Recommended)

Location: off Royal Rd Town Centre, Grand Bay

Hours:  Mon-Sat: 09:30 am - 4:30 pm , Sun: 09:00 am - 12:00 noon

Spices (Source: colin houston) 

Pungent spices, inexpensive textiles, unique handicrafts and handmade goods are all galore in the Grand Baie Bazaar. Simply indulge in some window shopping or give in to the hustling and plunge right ahead! A visitor comments

For a real bazaar atmosphere head to Grand Bay Bazaar. On your way there, you can find plenty of shops on the right and left side of the road, which sell mostly souvenirs or clothes. The big gates of the bazaar are impressive and you will be welcomed by two giant Buddhas. Vendors will try to lure you into their shops and you need to bargain to bring prices down although the items sold are not particularly expensive. Some stalls offer colorful bags, fabrics and handicrafts while others sell beautiful stones, silver and golden jewelery. In front of the Grand Bay Bazaar you can still your hunger at a snack stand.

 (Source: Mauritius - Articles)

3. Quatre Bornes Market

Location: On the main road south of Port Louis near to Curepipe

Hours: Mon, Tue, We, Fri, Sat: 10 am - 5.30 pm. Sun, Thur: 10 am - 12 noon

Textiles (Source: Adalberto Jose Perez Lopez)

Quatre Bornes Market is a smaller version of the Port Louis Market with lesser crowds. Attracting both locals and tourists alike, this market is famous for its bargain textiles. Here is a remark from a visitor

In Mauritius, there are, on the one hand, the leading textile companies that export most of their products and on the other hand, there are the small textile shops, set up to satisfy the locals' demands.

The Market of Quatre-Bornes is the only place where you'll find all types of clothing and household linens at an affordable price for all budgets. Hundreds of stalls offer a bit of everything, not only textiles. These products vary from underwear to curtains, cashmere scarves, T-shirts, shirts, and also kitchen utensils and souvenirs of Mauritius.

 (Source: Mauritius: Market of Quatre-Bornes)

4. Craft Market

Location: Barkly Wharf, Le Caudan Waterfront

 (Source: a ship model factory)

The Craft Market is a clean and modern shopping area where you can pick up a variety of items to take back home including the quintessential Mauritian memorabilia - ship models! Here is an excerpt

As soon as you enter the Caudan Waterfront, a waft of fragrant spices will greet you; the source is the Craft Market. This big market contains 36 stalls, all selling a range of local products and souvenirs, including wood items, sculptures, spices, and also regional handicraft items. The spirit of the island seems to have been captured and splashed all over this market, with the whole place decked up in a Mauritian theme. Those who want to experience the local flavors and culture would find the Craft Market a worthy visit.

Craft Market (Source: WCities Travel Guide)

Mauritius (Source: Ash Otakhan)

So there you go!

Armed with these suggestions, I'm sure you will have a great time shopping in Mauritius. Do remember if you need any further details on anything else, be it comfortable accommodations, affordable travel options, efficient itineraries, interesting attractions or fun things to do, just drop us a word. We will be glad to help you out!

Until next time, bye and take care!

- Anne.

Answered by Writer,dreamer,software techie,student-the new age Indian woman among other things ! Here to help fellow humans bitten by the travel bug! Anne John

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