A trip to a Mauritian market assaults the senses: the smell of tropical fruits or incense wafting through the alleyways. Colourful crafts and spices piled high in every direction and the hustle and bustle of hundreds of islanders hunting out a bargain and haggling for the lowest price.
Port Louis has the largest and best market and it’s open every day with dedicated areas for food, meat and fish. The handicraft section of the market is replete with basket-ware, Hindu and Buddhist statuary, African wooden carvings, ‘knock-off’ t-shirts and other goods. It’s a great place to check out what’s available in the budget souvenir area, though the repeated sales pitches can become wearing.
Other markets around the island are less tourist-orientated and usually take place once or twice a week. Try Centre de Flacq on a Wednesday or Sunday or Mahébourg on a Monday.