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Shopping in Mauritius - Shopping Malls, Markets & Tips

Wish to know more about shopping in Mauritius? Let’s explore some popular shopping destinations, must-visit markets, operating days, insider tips & more!

Shopping experiences in Mauritius are absolutely amazing! From shopping leisurely in shopping centres, duty-free shopping or shopping in craft markets or even buying artisanal objects from hawkers on the beach or on streets, Mauritius is truly a shopper’s paradise, no matter your budget & preferences.

Shopping tour in Mauritius

Here are some of the main shopping destinations in Mauritius:

  • Grand Baie (North): Offers modern shopping complexes like La Croisette and Coeur de Ville Grand Bay, along with street shops on Sunset Boulevard and Grand Baie Bazaar.
  • Goodlands (North): Explore the vibrant Goodlands market, street shops, and Coeur de Ville Goodlands mall for a variety of shopping options.
  • Port-Louis (North-West): Known for its diverse range of retail options, including the bustling Port Louis Central Market, Victoria Urban Terminal and Le Caudan Waterfront for luxurious boutiques and craft markets.
  • Flacq (East): Features Coeur de Ville Flacq mall, a retail park, a variety of shops, and a market for a unique shopping experience.
  • Tamarin (West): Discover Ruisseau Créole Commercial Centre and Coeur de Ville Tamarin for a pleasant shopping experience, offering a selection of boutiques, local brand shops, restaurants, and cafes.
  • Bagatelle (Centre): Visit the Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius for a comprehensive shopping and entertainment experience with over 130 boutiques, ranging from affordable to high-end options.
  • Trianon (Centre): Home to the Tribeca Mall, the largest shopping destination in the Indian Ocean, and La City Trianon, both boasting a vast array of shops.
  • Curepipe (Centre): Offers duty-free shops, modern clothing stores, and the vibrant Curepipe market.
  • Floréal (Centre): Known for its local handicraft workshops, diamond-cutting workshops, and its modern shopping mall So’flo.
  • Phoenix (Centre): Famous for the Mauritius Glass Gallery and Phoenix Mall, offering a variety of shops under one roof.
  • Quatre Bornes (Centre): Offers a lively shopping scene centred around its main street, Saint Jean Street, and its central market.
  • Mahebourg/Rose Belle (South): Close to the airport, you'll find the Bo'Valon Mall, while just a 15-minute ride away lies the Plaisance Shopping Village - both with a diverse range of stores & food outlets.

Where can I find shopping centres and markets in Mauritius?

You can discover a range of shopping centres and malls here.

What are the main markets in Mauritius, and when are they open?

  • Port-Louis Central Market: Open daily (half day on Sundays), with a variety of sections including fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood, textiles, and souvenirs.
  • Grand Baie Bazaar: Open Monday to Saturday, closed on Sundays, offering a mix of international and local brands.
  • Goodlands Market: Open on Tuesdays and Fridays for its selection of traditional Indian and local clothing; Fruit & Vegetables Market on Wednesdays & Saturdays.
  • Quatre Bornes Market Fair: Open Tuesday to Sunday, specializing in textiles and clothing.
  • Mahebourg Market: Open daily, offering a diverse range of products from traditional Indian wear to electronics.
Shopping in Mauritius

Is there a duty-free shopping option in Mauritius?

Yes, you can enjoy duty-free shopping at Go Duty Free Mauritius, available both in stores located in Grand Baie and Port Louis, as well as online.

With the option to pre-order online, you can avoid the hassle of carrying duty-free items in your luggage and enjoy exclusive discounts using our code ISLAND10.

What can I expect from shopping in Mauritius?

Visitors can enjoy high value-for-money shopping experiences with a wide range of products available.

Whether shopping for clothing, accessories, handicrafts, spices, or local specialities, Mauritius offers something for every taste and budget.

And for the jewellery-holic, a visit to the Diamond factory promises to dazzle with its exquisite craftsmanship.

What are some popular souvenir options to bring back from Mauritius?

  • Woven baskets and hats
  • Hand-made bags
  • Locally-made flavoured tea
  • Mauritian wine, beer & rum
  • Freshly ground coffee
  • High-quality cane sugar
  • Vanilla pods
  • Small replicas of ship models crafted by local artisans
  • Shell or coral crafts
  • Dodo-themed items (Mauritius’ extinct endemic bird)
  • Coloured sand (Chamarel)
  • Paintings by local artists
  • Exotic products like perfume oils

How can I identify authentic Mauritian products?

Look for the "Made in Moris" label, which signifies that the product is proudly crafted or produced in Mauritius. Another telling sign of authenticity is witnessing local craftsmen making artisanal products before your very eyes.

Mauritius main Markets

What are some tips for shopping in Mauritius?

  • Practice your bargaining skills to negotiate better prices.
  • Stay mindful of your belongings in crowded markets.
  • Compare prices before making a purchase.
  • When buying branded products, check for quality and authenticity.
  • Keep receipts for proof of purchase and in case of returns or exchanges.

How can I improve my negotiating skills when shopping in Mauritius?

Start with a low offer and gradually increase it during negotiations. If the seller doesn’t agree, consider walking away or finding another stall selling the same product. Practice negotiating to get the best deals on your purchases.

On many occasions and especially in the main markets, you can lower the price by 20 - 50%!

What payment methods are accepted when shopping in Mauritius?

You can pay with cash in Mauritian Rupees (MUR) at most shops and markets. Major credit and debit cards are also commonly accepted, especially in big shopping centres and tourist spots.

It’s advisable to have some cash handy, especially when visiting smaller shops or markets.

Tip: Always ask if the shop accepts credit/debit cards (in case no cash available), and if there is any discount when paying in cash versus payment done with a credit card.

What languages can I use when shopping in Mauritius?

Most Mauritians are familiar with English and French, in addition to Creole, which is the main language spoken.

Therefore, using English or French would be suitable for communicating with shopkeepers and vendors while shopping in Mauritius.

What are the opening hours of shops in Mauritius?

  • Monday to Saturday: 09:30 to 17:00
  • Sunday: 09:00 to 13:00
  • Public holidays: 09:30 to 13:00 (some shops may be closed)

Note: Opening times are indicative and may vary depending on the shop. Please check opening times before visiting.

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