Many luxury items in Mauritius are available completely duty-free, making shopping in Port Louis something that all serious shopaholics should do at least once in their lifetime. From the plethora of shopping malls and street-side shops and vendors, to bustling markets, shopping in Port Louis might require some comfy walking shoes!
Le Caudan Waterfont features about 170 boutiques and is a must for those who prefer a more sophisticated shopping experience. Famous international designer names and fine jewellery shops can be found here and there is a wide variety of restaurants for weary shoppers to refuel at, as well as fabulous views over the marina where one can even arrange a boat ride.
Those who like to hunt out a good bargain should head for the Port Louis Central Market, which is open daily, where tourists can pick up souvenirs. A haggler's paradise where just about anything can be found, with a little perseverance, this market sells the usual tacky tourist tat, but there are also great finds and popular buys such as Mauritian handicrafts, antiques, costume jewellery, DVDs, CDs, meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables. Shoppers should beware of pickpockets who operate in the frenzied jostle of Port Louis' flea markets.
Holidaymakers can even fit in a spot of shopping while lazing on the beach as beach hawkers walk the shores selling paréos (sarongs), clothing, pineapples and shell jewellery all at the lowest price available, of course!
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