Mauritius: One stop shopping guide
Regardless of what kind of shopper you are, Mauritius has an experience to suit. From duty free stores, factory outlets and unbranded clothing destined for western chain stores to unique arts, crafts and foodstuff. Those looking for familiar names and Mauritian brands can find these on the dedicated shopping streets and large air-conditioned malls of Grand Bay and Port Louis.
We take a look at a few of the major shopping destinations on the island and what you can expect to find.
One of the best under-one-roof shopping venues is the Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius near Port Louis, home to 130 stores with the country’s widest selection of speciality shops including clothing and footwear, electronics, eyewear, health and beauty, jewellery, accessories, home décor and furniture, and an extensive food court.
Over in Grand Baie, you’ll find another of the country’s main malls at Grand Baie La Croisette, as well as the Sunset Boulevard Shopping Village and the Grand Baie bazaar, which mostly sells handicrafts, clothing and souvenirs.
At La Croisette, expect to find a similar range of shopping as at Bagatelle, with the added bonus of regular entertainment in the form of weekly fashion shows, urban sports and events for children. There are more than 20 restaurants and a new 5-screen multiplex cinema.
A mile or so north, Sunset Boulevard Shopping Village is located right in the tourist centre of Grand Baie, and is home to a great range of local Mauritian brands. Due to a flourishing wool industry, Mauritius is also one of the best places to shop for cashmere.
In Port Louis, the Caudan Waterfront is the place to pick up high quality suitcase-friendly items to take home like tea and spices, vanilla, local weavings and basketry, bags, leather belts, scarves, cushion covers, hand-painted silk products, batik shirts, decorative wall hangings and semi precious stones. To witness Mauritius’s skill and craftsmanship in the art of model shipbuilding, visit the M.A.S.T gallery, or pick up an exquisitely crafted souvenir made from wood, metal, glass or baked clay at the Macumba homewares and craft shop.
Photos: Bagatelle - Mall of Mauritius, Sunset Boulevard Shopping Village, Caudan Waterfront.