Tucked away in Goodlands, a large village 5 kilometres away from Grand Gaube, sits a traditional market that is absolutely worthwhile.
Immerse yourself completely into Creole culture and interact with merchants and residents who come to shop there. Navigate the many stalls brimming with fruits, vegetables, fish and handicrafts and eat your fill of Mauritian street food on the spot or at home. Among the island’s specialities are fried cakes made with vegetables and chillies, dholl puri (a small salty crepe garnished with fillings), cakes called “faratas”, or “napolitaines” (a must-have pastry in Mauritius made up of two shortbread biscuits garnished with guava jam and a candy pink topping).
On Tuesdays and Fridays, you can also visit the clothing and fabric market.
The market and main street of Goodlands offer an enchanting ambience and make for pleasant strolls. Just a few steps away from the market stands the Hindu temple Mariammen Kovil and the model ship factory Historic Marine.
If you have not had a quick lunch at the market, La Demeure Saint-Antoine, a very beautiful old colonial residence transformed into a charming guest house and restaurant, will offer you an authentic and delicious cuisine just outside the village on the road to Poudre d’Or.