Top 4 places to eat in Port Louis
With such a multicultural population, it’s hardly surprising Mauritius has such a diverse dining scene. One of the best places to indulge in this wide range of international cuisine is in the Mauritian capital Port Louis, where any one of these four restaurants will satisfy the most demanding of palettes.
The Courtyard brings an upscale Mediterranean vibe to Port Louis, with a beautiful al fresco dining space full of palms, ferns and overflowing pots of citrus fruits. A range of international dishes are on offer, though the restaurant is particularly well-regarded for its fruit sorbets.
The perfect spot for lunch or a quick pitstop while exploring Port Louis, this recently opened café serves affordable French paysan food, fresh juices and delicious desserts including an incredible lemon meringue cheesecake. The double height venue boasts a modern, industrial-chic aesthetic and is filled with natural light. Upstairs, a long gallery bookstore is stocked with hundreds of titles about Mauritius and written by Mauritian authors, which overlooks the ground floor café and art space below.
Located inside a renovated colonial house in Georges Street, Lambic has combined a beer shop, restaurant, café and lounge into one of the city’s must-visit venues. With an impressive list of beers and ales, aficianados will not be disappointed. Try the locally produced Flying Dodo from their microbrewery up the road, or ask for pairing recommendations for your meal. Menu highlights include Mauritian-style fish and chips, crab, ribs and vegetarian options.
Situated inside the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel at the Caudan Waterfront, L’Escale is a top choice for business travellers and tourists alike. The menu is extremely extensive, with specialities like Wagyu beef, Creole bento and a selection of Mauritian casseroles. And if you’ve still room, follow up with something from the exquisite range of sweet desserts, or a beautifully thin crepe from the flambé trolley.
Photos: The Courtyard, Lambic, L'Escale.