Where to Shop, What to buy in Mauritius
Shopping in Mauritius is more than just an interesting experience. It is a journey in time and space of the civilisation and cultures that have come across its history. The sculptures and drums of Africans origin, colourful sarees or tailor-made suit, is a proof of this diversity. Traditional Mauritian Arts and Crafts products and the best-branded luxury goods can be found in a number of shopping centres/arcades in all the towns and beach resorts. There are also a number of duty free shops, which offers very attractive prices. Last but not least are the traditional and colourful markets where you can really experience the Mauritian way of life.
Duty Free Shops
You can find all sorts of best-branded luxury goods at duty-free prices. There are also jewellery shops and consumer electronics appliances that can be bought in shops offering those discounts. The payment can be made in foreign currencies or the Mauritian Rupee and a passport and return ticket are also required for the purchase. The goods will be delivered at the airport on departure.
Nowhere can you better feel the heart and soul of Mauritius than in its markets. It offers besides the shopping of unique products to blend into the population's customs and habits. To live whole new sensations, of colours, scent, which combine to form the uniqueness of this diversity. No places best describes this than Port Louis market at the centre of the capital. Stalls of colourful tropical fruits and vegetables are found side by side with medicinal plants and spices. You can also find clothes and a special arts and crafts section. Another very popular market is the one at Quatre Bornes, it is held on every Thursdays and Sundays. It is specialised in textile products that are sold at very attractive prices.
Every major city and big village has its own markets that are held during specified days somehow. Grand Bay also has its own market nowadays and you can find product, from "paréos" to souvenirs.
Arts and Crafts
Arts and Crafts shops in Mauritius are located mostly in towns, in the market place. But there are other places where they are displayed. In all the markets, you'll come across a section where baskets, hats, shells or corals are sold. Shops can also be found in shopping areas and near beach resorts. Le Caudan Waterfront Arts and Crafts Market offers a wide variety of products like model ships, sculptures, paintings, baskets, hats, etc. Another market has recently opened next to the Mahébourg Museum.
Mauritius has had a tradition of jewellery coming from its Indian and Arabian immigrants. These masters' craftsmen have left a legacy of quality and impeccable finish. Today, you can find this tradition of excellence in a variety of jewellery shops.
Mauritius being a big producer of textiles, you will find it useful and worthy to visit the many factory shops around the island. Cashmere sweaters and cardigans can be purchased at very advantageous prices. These same products are sold all over Europe at much higher prices. And if you have a slight preference for tailored suits, a number of shops not only sell textiles and fabrics but also hand-made tailored suits delivered within 24 hours.