MAURITIUS: SHOPPING DESTINATION!

Mauritius boasts a charming collection of stores, markets and shopping centres ideal for strolling around. If a luxury shopping experience is what you are looking for, be it for ready-to-wear or handicrafts, then stick to the north. Grand Baie, Goodlands, Port Louis and Arsenal sell everything from small souvenir gifts to diamond necklaces.

The shopping scene extends beyond global brands to offer local products inscribed with the “Made in Moris” logo as well as duty-free shopping.

Here are our top picks for the best shopping destinations in the north of the island where you should find your happiness.

Have a good shopping in Mauritius!

Grand Baie: window shopper paradise!

The most popular tourist hotspot on the island boasts an impressive selection of shops, boutiques and products. Two major shopping centres can be found there: Grand Baie La Croisette, complete with restaurants and cinema, and Super U (Grand Baie Coeur de Ville) where local and international stores offer a dizzying array of goods. From global brands to high-end Mauritian brands, Sunset Boulevard is the ultimate street shopping complex where one can find several stores disguised in the form of small chalets that are a delight to stroll around. Grand Baie Bazaar is mainly an artisanal market home to some 160 stands and 40 stores.

Pamplemousses: Comptoir des Mascareignes

Comptoir des Mascareignes is a posh shopping paradise right in front of Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. The twenty-four stores in the shopping centre offer a selection of local handicrafts, model boats, jewellery, ready-to-wear, an excellent café restaurant and a currency exchange office.

Arsenal: high-end shopping

Arsenal, flanked by Triolet and Terre-Rouge, is made up of brand stores selling clothing, cashmere and handicrafts. One can also find luxury lighting products. Arsenal is considered an ideal destination for lovers of top-quality products.

Port-Louis: for all tastes

The capital of the island is home to many shopping centres, such as the Caudan Waterfront, featuring around 170 stores comprising luxury shops, a Craft Market and restaurants.

The Port-Louis market (also known as the Port-Louis Bazaar) is the ideal place to find fresh local produce: spices, fish, fruit, vegetables but also traditional and wooden handicrafts, jewellery and souvenirs.

A visit to the picturesque Chinatown quarter is a great opportunity to get your hands on typical or unusual Chinese products such as herbal medicines or gadgets.

Many street vendors are present in the streets of the Mauritian capital, offering different types of products at unbeatable prices, as well as typical street food vendors of the island.

Goodlands: Craft and traditions

A few minutes from Grand Gaube, this large village is known for its traditional market and Indian clothing sold on the main street. For lovers of high-end model boats, a visit to the Historic Marine workshop, which is the largest factory on the island, is a must.

What to bring home from Mauritius?

If you want to bring back a small souvenir of your holiday or simply please yourself, Mauritius still prides itself on artisanal traditions and multiple items with “local colours” manufactured locally be it textile (cashmere, wool, silk, Indian-style clothing), braided baskets, spices, fruit spreads, jewellery or wooden model boats. Some international ready-to-wear brands produce in Mauritius and sell locally in factory stores at very attractive prices: Hugo Boss, Burberry, Napapijri, Gap, Harpers…

With the introduction of duty-free shops, stamped with the Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) logo, visitors returning home after a stay on the island can claim a VAT refund at the airport by presenting receipts and related items.