Shopping in Mauritius

From markets to shopping malls to street vendors, Mauritius has a wide variety of experiences to offer the eager shopper. She may sell seashells on the seashore, but there are many other products to tempt you on this exciting island. Get your shopping bags ready and visit Mauritius’ markets and malls from only R7999 per person sharing for 7 nights’ accommodation, including flights, transfers and a selection of activities. Contact holidays@kulula.com.

The shopping list

  • The textile industry is a major part of the Mauritius economy, and off-beach-duty tourists can be seen gunning it to the Arsenal shopping area in Pamplemousses District in search of a genuine Ralph Lauren polo shirt or cashmere and woolens at discounted prices. Outlet stores such as Pridemark and Fashion House stock brands from international retails stores; sometimes seconds, unsold or out of season stock.
  • Mauritius is a major exporter of anthurium flowers to South Africa, Australia and Europe. These heart shaped flowers come in shades of crimson red, orange, pink and white. You are able to buy them in fresh packs which preserve the flowers for at least four days without watering.
  • Mauritius craftsmen are famous for their skill in building replica model ships. WoodMap at Le Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis crafts beautiful wooden planispheres and maps with marquetry from different woods, including sycamore wood, ash wood, rosewood and oak wood.
  • The selection of local spices, chilli sauces, vanilla pods, flavoured teas and Mauritian rum will satisfy any foodie shopper.
  • Markets are a great place to find homemade oils and traditional remedies.

Marvellous markets

Noisy, bustling, colourful markets such as the Marché Central (Port Louis) and Bazaar de Grand Baie offer bags, sarongs, Dodo embroidered tablecloths, jewellery and everything else in between. Le Caudan Waterfront Craft Market in Port Louis consists of a calmer 36 stands set up in a double-floor openbazaar stocking cane work, glass crafts, local exotic oils and traditional herbs.

Top shopping tips

  • Always remember to compare prices of items. Although the same, you might find a cheaper one at another stall.
  • Although the locals might know best, keep in mind this is your holiday and you ought to tick things off your bucket list.
  • Though the island is small, it’s always a good idea to acquaint yourself with a trusty map of the area.

Keen to shop till you drop? Contact holidays@kulula.com to explore Mauritius from only R7999 per person sharing for 7 nights’ accommodation, including flights, transfers and a selection of activities.