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Shopping in Mauritius


Duty-free shopping is popular in Mauritius with around a 40% saving on textiles, jewellery, perfume and electrical goods. Mauritius is to be turned into a tax-free shopping haven by 2010, with 80% tax taken off around 2,000 goods.

Branded products are sold at the many duty free shops that are scattered all over the island country. Consumer electronic products like DVD's could be bought at substantially lower prices compared to the prevailing market rate in other countries. Perfumes are also among the highly demanded products.

Tourist shopping centres are located around the island, with a good selection of designer shops at Grand Baie, but the locals shop at Curepipe, Quatre-Bornes and Rose-Hill.

Shopping hours are generally Monday to Saturday, 9:30 am-6 pm. Some shops are open until 12 noon on Sundays and public holidays. Markets usually close around 4 pm. Shops in Rose-Hill, Curepipe and Quatre-Bornes close on Thursday afternoons.

Port Louis

Shopping in Port Louis ranges from sophisticated shopping for designer clothing, jewellery and handicrafts in Le Caudan Waterfront to rooting around for T-shirts and souvenirs upstairs in the capital’s bustling Central Market, while locals bargain hard over tea and other essentials while catching up on the gossip.

Port Louis is famous in Mauritius for the low price of clothes sold there. Imported from China or India, or made locally, the articles sold in Port Louis really offer value for money. You can easily get something of your choice from the numerous hawkers found all along the streets in the city.

The Le Caudan Waterfront Arts and Crafts Market is a reputed traditional market selling baskets, model ships, paintings and sculptures. Other island crafts, found at the craft market include jewellery, Chinese and Indian jade, silks, glass, and many more. Cashmere is a particularly good buy. Corals and sea shells are also sold. Bargaining is possible.

Other Places

The Quatre Bornes Market sells a wide variety of textile products at eminently affordable prices. Every major settlement in Mauritius has its own unique marketplace that sells products specific to the region. A number of modern shopping arcades complete the consumer scene in Mauritius. Some of the places of Mauritius, where markets are located, are Grand Baie, Goodlands and Rise Hill.





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