Mauritius Shopping and Districts
(Mauritius, MU, Africa)
Shopping in Mauritius is a fascinating experience, offering a glimpse into a kaleidoscope of different cultures and traditions. Rest assured that there is plenty of choice.
From shopping for silk saris to models of historic sailing ships and African drums, there's something for everyone to take back home as a reminder of their time in Mauritius. Shopping centres, duty free shops, independent handicraft shops and markets are all good places to start out on your quest for souvenirs.
When to Shop and Opening Hours
Shops in Mauritius usually open from Monday to Friday, between 08:30 and 16:00, while some stay open until 17:00. On Saturdays, hours are more limited, from 09:00 to 12:00 (midday). However, supermarkets tend to open earlier, from 07:30, and stay open later, until 19:00 or thereabouts.
Where to Shop
Mauritius boasts a number of shopping centres including Le Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis. Le Caudan Waterfront offers both shopping and entertainment in one complex. Its three buildings contain shops, bars, restaurants, a hotel and a casino. Others include the Orchard Tower in Quatre Bornes, the Garden Shopping Village in Curepipe and Sunset Boulevard at Grand Baie. Smaller arcades can also be found in some of the larger villages on the island.
High street fashion can be discovered in abundance at the boutiques of Mauritius, including big-name labels like Armani, Prada and Chanel. Smile Boutique or Labels for Less provide plenty to choose from for serious fashionistas.
Duty free shops are ideal if you're looking for discounted prices without too much hassle. As well as electronic items, you can pick up jewellery and other luxury goods, and have everything delivered straight to the airport for your return journey.
There are numerous traditional markets in Mauritius, from busy covered and open-air markets in large towns to small village street markets. They all have one thing in common - they're becoming increasingly popular with tourists shopping to find a bargain and take something unique back home.
The largest market, and perhaps one of the most crowded, is the Port Louis Central Bazaar / Central Market, located between Farquhar Street and Queen Street. Built in 1928, this market boasts a downstairs section selling fresh produce, as well as an upper level where you can pick up clothes and handcrafted goods. Most of the items on sale here are at bargain prices and locally made. Of note, the market opens every day.
The market at Quatre Bornes is also popular. Open every Thursday and Sunday, this market is particularly useful if you are searching for interesting textiles to take back home, including fabrics and cashmere garments. In the east of Mauritius, Flaq is the venue for the island's largest outdoor market every Wednesday and Sunday.
If you're looking for something more traditional and quieter, then Mahebourg Market is the place to head. Held every Monday, it tends to feel less crowded and has a wider choice of goods on offer, including spices, fruits, clothes and toys.
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