Mauritius Travel Guide

Shopping in Mauritius

Great News! Mauritius is an ideal place to come and buy luxury goods, such as designer clothing, boutique jewelry, branded perfume and international electrical goods. The extravagant shopping centers are located all around the island, with an amazing range of designer shops at the Caudan Waterfront complex in Port Louis. There are more shopping malls with similar facilities and designer outlets in the smart resort town of Grand Bay. For people who wants to bargain real hard, join the locals and walk through the textile markets and clothing factory outlet stores of Curepipe, Quatre-Bornes and Rose-Hill. In terms of traditional and customary handicrafts, Mauritius has very less to offer compared to the huge interest. However, there is a possible exception of locally produced baskets, tea, spices and fabrics. An extremely popular souvenir are model ships, something that Mauritius is very renowned for because of the skilled craftsmanship involved in the making of those model ships. If you visit Mauritius, you will have plenty of places to visit and buy yourself the products and goods that you desire to buy, be it internationally branded or local.

Shopping hours
Mon-Sat 0930-1800. Some shops are open until 1200 on Sundays and public holidays.
Markets usually close around 1600. Shops in Rose-Hill, Curepipe and Quatre-Bornes close on Thursday afternoons.
Below is the list of 10 shopping centers and market areas that you should pay a visit to during your stay in Mauritius.

Flic En Flac, West Coast of Mauritius
With a wide assortment of options shopping experience here is a wonderful experience for shopping lovers. Cascavelle Shopping Centre has ample choice for people who prefer international brands. A few local brands are also there because of their popularity among tourists. There ae excellent dining places and you can pick souvenirs and postcards from the roadside stalls as well.
Famous for: Souvenirs made of sea shells
Required Bargaining Savviness: Yes! A lot!

Bagatelle Mall, Moka
Having an overall of 130 stores with famous brands like Aldo, Armani Jeans and Celio under one roof, Bagatelle Mall is at the top of the charts for luxury shopping in Mauritius. Shoppers from all around Mauritius, and tourists from around the world, indulge in a shopping extravaganza at Bagatelle Mall.
Famous for: Luxury shopping; Events and hypermarkets on weekend and public holidays
Required Bargaining Savviness: Not much

Curepipe, Plaines Wilhems District
The markets at Curepipe is perfect for home décor because of their wide range of items. The assortment of model boats and ships will hypnotize you and is the perfect gift for anyone. In addition, you can find various shopping arcades to indulge yourself in luxury shopping too.
Famous for: Namesakes and gift items
Required Bargaining Savviness: Not much

Grand Bay Bazaar
Bay Bazaar is the ultimate hub of color and vibrancy. Products sold here are mostly handmade, hence the prices are comparatively high. At the same time, it is an active market, and hawkers are in full eagerness to persuade you into buying things. The market stays open from 6 am to 6 pm.
Famous for: Handicrafts and souvenirs
Required Bargaining Savviness: Yes. A lot!

Le Craft Market, Caudan Waterfront
An ideal place to find the best collection of cane work and other handcrafted goods. There are glassworks that will capture your attention too. You can also find local exotic oils and traditional herbs found in the locality.
Famous for: Home decor products made of cane
Required Bargaining Savviness: Excellent

Centre Commercial Phoenix, Vacoas-Phoenix
To enjoy the experience of shopping, dining and entertainment all together, then head to Centre Commercial Phoenix Mall. Considered as an important shopping mall in Mauritius, it consists of almost 100 shops comprising high-end brands Bella Donna, Mango, Cotton Culture, Diva, Adidas, Nike and more. For exclusive dining, you have Churros, Debonairs Pizza, Nando’s, Yum Cha and more.
Starting from clothing to footwear, jewelry, sports, health and beauty, electronics, home décor and almost everything is available in this mall that will meet every shoppers dream!
Famous for: Being One-Stop-Shop among the many Mauritius shopping malls.
Required Bargaining Savviness: Not much

Floreal Square, District of Plaines Wilhems
To buy the best local products you need to visit Floreal Square. You will find unconventional handicrafts, uniquely designed home decor items and the highlight of the place is the biggest workshop of model boats. For people who love diamonds, there’s a diamond cutting workshop too. Good quality is ensured since the goods come from manufacturers directly.
Famous for: Cheap stuff at factory outlets. Cheapest market for shopping in Mauritius.
Required Bargaining Savviness: A lot!

Quatre Bornes Market, Plaines Wilhems
This market place is the famous for its collection of textiles. Adorned with all sorts of colors and made from the finest textiles this place will blow your mind out. You can also find a variety of kitchen materials that you can buy. Cherry on the cake is that the products sold here are very reasonable at price. However, being a weekly market it is held every Sunday and Thursday.
Famous for: Bargain Textile
Required Bargaining Savviness: Moderate to good

Central Market, Port Louis
Central Market at Port Louis is dedicated for its daily groceries and traditional remedies, and this place will give the true essence of Mauritius shopping experience. However, at this place do not expect spic and span roads or branded luxury shops. It is a common man’s market. And do you why you need to visit it? Honestly, the unique thing that you find here is exotic homemade oils that you should definitely buy.
Famous for: Homemade oils and traditional remedies
Required Bargaining Savviness: Moderate to good

Arsenal, Pamplemousses District
Arsenal is the place to buy the fine quality cashmere apparels. Also, it is a good area for expensive products like lighting, apparels, and handicrafts. Again, it is one of those few places for shopping in Mauritius, where you’ll find factory outlets of many famous brands.
Famous for: Cashmere products
Required Bargaining Savviness: A lot!

Grand Bay La Croisette
Grand Bay La Croisette is the most stunning mall in the North of Mauritius, and a place like no other. It is dedicated to fashion, food and entertainment. The mall offers an unparalleled retail mix combined with best clothing items, dining, entertainment and leisure attractions. With over 110 retail and food outlets, combined with secure covered parking facilities, this mall has really put a lot of thought into your convenience. Movie buffs will certainly not be disappointed when watching their favorite Hollywood or Bollywood film in the five stars, comfortable cinema. Children can have fun in the open air Esplanade doing rollers, cycling or just running wild! For children who are not into that, they can have playing video games in the game zone. The play area is fully compliant with the *HCI norm (*HCI- Head Injury Criterion) which has been put forward to protect children from head injuries, so parents can stay calm, have fun, and let their kids have fun as well!
But, that is not all! ‘The Food Pavilion’ is another attraction here with a creative theme of ‘forest/greens’. The environment is specially designed to project a welcoming and fresh ambiance for people to enjoy their time while having delicious food as well. Moreover, visitors can also experience the pleasure of island living with a modern international lifestyle provided by the high standard residential apartments both on rent and for sale. Filled with unlimited opportunities of entertainment and recreational attributes, Grand Bay La Croisette is definitely worth a visit! Warning - Once you have experienced its unique atmosphere, you will be compelled to come back again and again for more adventure!

Super U Grand Bay
At just a few minutes of walking distance from the Grand Bay beach, you will discover the shopping mall Grand Bay Coeur de Ville with its Hypermarket Super U. As you can guess, this is where locals and tourists can find anything they need in a modern, jovial & clean environment. Got a craving for fresh and healthy foods? Go right ahead and choose whatever you want, ranging from local fresh fruits, bread, to fresh meat & fish. Your choice is virtually never-ending with over 70 shops, nice fast food corners, Chinese and Indian restaurants, a bowling club and even a casino! Super U is a must-visit during your stay in Mauritius if it is fun, food and a pure, unadulterated experience of Mauritius you are looking for!

Let’s hope that you have an amazing shopping experience in Mauritius and that you buy all the things that you are looking for. After all, shopping tends to bring all of us some mental peace at some point of time!

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