Last updated on September 3rd, 2018 at 11:19 pm
The Port Louis Market is definitely a popular attraction in Mauritius, however, tourists tend to visit only a small part of it.
This guide will help you to discover the hidden corners of it, with mostly local people buying local products.
Being already at the Central Market you can also extend your visit to a few attraction around the small city. A handy map of the attractions in Port Louis is also included.
And you know what is the best?
It’s all updated to 2018 (there is no old stuff)
But why is the Port Louis Market so busy and popular?
Because it is a fascinating place to discover the local products and the local people looking for the best deals.
It is not a market dedicated exclusively to the tourists, in fact, the people working there do not even bother asking you if you need anything.
I guess the main reason is that most of the tourists stay in resorts where they have a wide choice of fruit and veggies.
I was there with Mauritian friends and I was really surprised to discover that people come from all over the island because this market has the best quality and price you can find in Mauritius.
By the way, I read on few guides that there is not much else in Port Louis to see and I strongly disagree.
You can spend easily a day in the capital without getting bored. You can even walk up to an incredible viewpoint where, on a good day, you can almost see all of the west coast down to the Le Morne peninsula.
Let’s see some of the points of interest and at the bottom of the post a full map with the walking direction
This is the most famous attraction in Port Louis, where you will most likely find a good number of tourists mixed with the locals that are bargaining for the best deal.
Why coming here?
The best answer is just to wander around and discover that exotic fruits and vegetables that are hard to find at home (unless you live in La Reunion of course).
There is also plenty of photography possibility. I did ask every time before taking a photo and I was never said no. Everybody looks pretty cool.
There are three important tips for the Port Louis Market:
The price is ridiculously low (50c of an Aussie dollar each) and the quality is just great. The vanilla drinks are phenomenal.
Which vendor is better? I decided to queue up where most of the locals were, it always paid off. You can easily have a lunch in 2 people for $5. There are available free to seat tables on the 1st floor
It does look dodgy from outside and this can explain why there are no tourists inside. It is instead a great place to see a completely different kind of action.
Stop and talk with the sellers before taking a photo, they all love to have a chat. They do not see many tourists there
You can spend easily 2 hours at the Port Louis Market or even 3, including a break for your lunch
The Jummah Masjid mosque was another highlight for me, and just a stone away from the Central Market.
I had the possibility to visit most of the accessible rooms including the rooftop which was quite spectacular.
Once in, I was approached by one of the elderlies of the mosque which explained to me how the mosque works (I am quite ignorant in religions I must say).
I asked him if I could make a few photos and he took me on a private tour to visit every corner of the mosque. I was the happiest man in Port Louis.
I had really a great time, listening, learning and understanding the local customs. Moreover, I could take some great photos, probably some of the best documentary pictures I took on the island
There is nowadays a Chinatown in any major city in the world and Port Louis has a Chinese area as well. No more Latin letters and somehow different architecture.
It is just a few hundred meters long though, nothing to write back home about
The Caudan waterfront is the touristy area of Port Louis. Most of the people visiting the area are tourists coming from the Mauritian resorts here to buy some gifts.
You will find also an art market with impressive local artworks, no mass production made in China stuff here. It is definitely worth a walk in the area.
There are also a few clothing outlet stores, similar to others scattered around Mauritius.
Do they have better prices than at home?
Well, the production is made locally and the quality is really good. Price wise I found it similar to Australia or Europe, so probably you will not find the bargain but just some honest buy made in Mauritius
It is the most attractive garden in the city with huge banyan trees all around, some quiet benches and a fountain.
Most definitely a cool place to have a break and a drink
The building is very British and old style. Why having a walk here? Because it is the Supreme Court of Mauritius. Ask and you will be let in, no worries. Actually an interesting and unusual walk
The Saint Louis Cathedral is one of the oldest church in the island. It was finished to built in 1814/15 and promoted to Cathedral in 1847.
The construction of the church has however a long history that goes back to the year 1736 when the original plans were made.
The church building was completed in 1756, but it was never used for worship.
The edifice was actually used by the army during the Seven Years’ War (1756 – 1763) and it was severely damaged by two violent cyclones.
It was than rebuilt in different phases and completed in 1815
Have a look at the definitive guide to the best places to stay in Mauritius, also based on the beach you are looking for. It will immensely help to book a hotel or resort without surprises (like rain and wind)
My tip here is to book your resort well in advance, especially in December and January.
Stef Ferro is the founder and editor of MEL365, a travel & photography website made to enhance the travelling experience and improve the photography work.
Stef is a professional travel photographer with past experience in the cycling and film industry.
Stef runs travel photography workshops in Melbourne and around the world.